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Gears 6 Appears in Nvidia Leak

A Gears 6 release may not be far away.
A Gears 6 release may not be far away. / Photo courtesy of Microsoft

Gears 6, the sequel to 2019's Gears 5 and the sixth game in what was once known as the Gears of War franchise, appeared in an Nvidia data base leak earlier this month, renewing speculation about when the game will arrive.

Gears 6 Appears in Nvidia Leak

Gears 6 was one of dozens of titles that appeared in a list of unreleased games leaked from an Nvidia data base earlier this month. Many of the games hadn't even been announced publicly. Gears 6 was among those titles. Nvidia has since clarified that, though the list itself is legitimate, many of the games on the list were purely speculative. It did not say which games fell into the speculative bucket, leaving plenty of ambiguity about which were real titles and which were pipe dreams.

Although Gears 6 is widely thought of as inevitable — Gears 5 was Microsoft's most successful first-party launch since Halo 4 on the Xbox 360 — Microsoft had yet to officially announce it. Its appearance in the Nvidia list suggested it might be further along in development than most suspected.

Gears 5 was released Sept. 6, 2019, three years after Gears of War 4's release date. If Gears 6 were on a similar timeline, that would have put its release date roughly a year from now.

Of course, the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown a wrench into plenty of game development road maps. It's likely Microsoft is glad it hadn't officially announced Gears 6 already, as it's an all-but-sure bet it will now arrive later than a neat three years after its predecessor.