After Halo: Master Chief Collection was allegedly planned by Microsoft to move the game to the PlayStation 4, seeing the same question around Gears 5 is anything but surprising.
Phil Spencer, the head of Xbox, talked with Kotaku about several subjects, and – as expected – Gears 5, the newest Gears of War game, was also brought up. Let’s see what Spencer said: „I think the experience we bring to the family room with Xbox and focusing on things like compatibility and focusing on things like cross-play is actually important to where we see gaming growing, which is why we are focused on consoles and spending a ton of money and resources investing in Scarlett. The same thing on PC. So, today, people are saying: ‘Are you going third-party?’ Whatever that means. But the idea that we are a platform company continues to be true, and we think about how that platform infrastructure could grow. And we think having the world’s most powerful console, having a great Xbox in the home, is a critical component to that. The people’s save game and their state and their friends list and their entitlements move seamlessly from every ecosystem is important.”
Notice how he didn’t answer directly (in fact, Phil Spencer talked a bit more about the future of Xbox, but that last sentence is suspicious), but he never said no directly, even though he could have simply said just that about the possibility of Gears 5 showing up on PlayStation 4 or Nintendo Switch. Maybe with Project xCloud, it could happen in the future. Never say never (like how Spencer says about Xbox 360 games getting officially supported on PC).
Gears 5 will launch on September 10 on Xbox One and Windows 10.