Gears Tactics is making its console launch on November 10, alongside the release of the Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X. But only some cross-platform players will be able to continue where they left off. According to a Microsoft spokesperson, cross-saves will only be available between the Windows store and Xbox consoles.
First released in April for PC, Gears Tactics is a tactical shooter set in the Gears of War universe. It first came out for PC with the understanding that an eventual console release was on the way. Those who played via Microsoft’s storefront will be able to pick up where they left off in the fight against Ukkon. Those who played on Steam are out of luck.
The console release will include standard next-gen enhancements, like 4K resolution and a targeted frame rate of 60 frames per second (at least on the shiny new consoles). Regardless of platform, the game is also getting some new content, which will be made available to PC players as a free update. “Deviant” enemies, tougher foes with special abilities, will show up in battles. Also, Jack, the flying life-saving robot that saved my life more times than I can count in Gears 5, will be a playable character. Unlike your rank-and-file troops, Jack is classified as a hero, and will have a unique skill tree.
Gears Tactics will be available with Xbox Game Pass, and is currently available on Xbox Game Pass for PC, which left beta just last week. The games-on-demand service now costs $10 a month, rather than $5.