Gears of War, one of the most popular Xbox video game series of all time, is coming to Netflix.
Netflix announced on Monday that it will produce a feature film adaptation of the sci-fi shooter, followed by an adult animated series. The streamer also mentions the “possibility of additional stories to follow.”
Gears of War was released 16 years ago today and to mark the occasion, Netflix has teamed up with The Coalition to adapt the @Armament of war video game saga into a live-action feature, followed by an adult animated series – with the potential for more stories to follow! pic.twitter.com/3zInFSnUu4
—Netflix (@netflix) November 7, 2022
The Coalition, a video game developer who took over Gears of War when Microsoft licensed the series from original creator Epic Games, has collaborated with Netflix on planned adaptations.
The first Gears of War game launched exclusively on Xbox 360 in 2006. It featured a macho team of troops known as the Delta Squad as they battle the Locust Horde, an underground alien civilization that is decimating mankind. .
Marcus Fenix, Dominic ‘Dom’ Santiago, Augustus Cole, and Damon Baird were the core members of Delta Squad. They used heavy guns, rocket launchers and lancers – guns with chainsaws attached – to dispatch the swarms of locusts.
Since then, the Gears of War franchise has sold over 40 million copies across five mainline entries and various spinoffs, making it one of the most popular Xbox franchises.
The games are credited with redefining the third-person shooter video game genre, including proper options that let players take on the Locust Horde with a friend.
Netflix’s announcement coincides with the 16th anniversary of the first Gears of War game.
Several attempts have been made over the years to bring Gears of War to the big screen.
A film adaptation was temporarily screened by New Line Cinema in 2007 before Scott Stuber, who is currently in charge of Netflix original content, joined Epic Games as producer in 2014.
In 2018, Universal Pictures recruited F. Scott Frazier to write an adaptation, but no further action was taken.