Gears of War Timeline

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What started as a bloody franchise known for letting you literally slice enemies with a chainsaw located, literally, on your gun, Gears of War has quickly become a franchise that many enjoy. Particularly if you’re one of those people that needs a violent outlet. This is the Gears of War timeline.

What’s on the Gears of War Timeline?

This list attempts to create a reading order (or in some cases viewing/playing order) for all major pieces of Gears of War media. This includes primarily all video games, novels, films, and comic books.

This list does not attempt to split up any media so that they are read congruently, but rather focuses on an easy to follow reading/playing/watching list. In the event that two works cover the exact same time-frame the one published first is read first. Additionally the placement within the timeline is often based on where the work ends rather than where it begins. There may be a few exceptions which will be pointed out in individual reviews.

Where to Start?

Probably the best place to start would be the Gears of War Ultimate Edition, which is a remastered version of the first game for modern consoles. However, as of right now, there are not remastered versions of the other Xbox 360 games. So either you’ll need an Xbox 360 to play them, or you’ll need to use backwards compatibility.

But keep in mind that Gears of War 4 started a whole new storyline, so it is also a decent place to start, just as long as you don’t mind being a little out of the loop of the history of the place. It’s not too bad.

#Get ItNameMediaAuthor/DirectorDateSeriesNotes
1Gears TacticsGameSplash Damage2020-04-28Gears of War
2The Rise of RaamGraphic NovelKurtis J. Wiebe2018-06-26Gears of War
3Gears of War: JudgmentGameChris Borders2013-03-19Gears of War
4Judgment: Kilo Squad: The Survivor's LogNovelRob Auten2014-03-04Gears of War
5RAAM's ShadowGameAaron Linde2011-09-20Gears of WarDLC for Gears of War 3
6The SlabNovelKaren Traviss2012-05-03Gears of War
7Gears of WarGameSusan O'Connor2006-11-12Gears of War
8Aspho FieldsNovelKaren Traviss2008-10-28Gears of War
Gears of War Omnibus, Vol. 1Graphic NovelJoshua Ortega2018-12-18Gears of WarGears of War: Volume 1 - 3 are repackaged into this and the other Gears of War Omnibus.
10Gears of War 2GameJoshua Ortega2008-11-07Gears of War
11Jacinto's RemnantNovelKaren Traviss2009-07-28Gears of War
12Anvil GateNovelKaren Traviss2010-08-31Gears of War
Coalition's EndNovelKaren Traviss2011-08-02Gears of War
Gears of War Omnibus, Vol. 2Graphic NovelKaren Traviss, Joshua Ortega2019-12-17Gears of WarGears of War: Volume 1 - 3 are repackaged into this and the other Gears of War Omnibus.
15Gears of War 3GameAaron Linde2011-09-20Gears of War
16Gears of War 4GameRod Fergusson2016-10-11Gears of War
17AscendanceNovelJason M. Hough2019-07-30Gears of War
18Gears 5GameRod Fergusson2019-09-10Gears of War
19BloodlinesNovelJason M. Hough2020-04-21Gears of WarTakes place within the 4-month timejump in Gears 5.
20HivebustersGameRod Fergusson2020-12-15Gears of WarGears 5 DLC
HivebustersGraphic NovelKurtis J Wiebe2020-05-26Gears of War