The rumours were true. Microsoft opted to announce not one, not two, but three new Gears of War games at E3 2018. Sorry, I should just say Gears, as that’s what Microsoft appears to have officially rebranded the entire series.

During the Microsoft E3 Media Briefing, it appeared as if the aim was to aim low and then work high with the Gears of War announcements. To that end, Gears Pop was the first to be announced, a frankly disgusting abomination that fuses together Gears of War and those rank Funko Pop toys that are EVERYWHERE. You know, big chibi heads and reeking of cash-ins. I don’t think there's enough snark in the world to talk about this game, so I'll simply say Gears Pop is coming to mobile devices at some point in 2019.

Don’t worry though, things take a turn for the better from here onwards. Next up is Gears Tactics, which is a PC exclusive, of all things. That means Windows 10 store only, sadly, but the option’s always there. Anyway, Gears Tactics is a turn-based strategy game. From the brief teaser, it looks a little bit XCOM with a dash of Valkyria Chronicles, granting players manual control over aiming their shots.

Last but by no means least though was Gears 5, or Gears of War 5 in ye olde English. I won’t lie to you, I’ve only played the first Gears so I’m a wee bit out of touch on the narrative, but shooting monsters definitely looks pretty damn satisfying. The Coalition is doing well at injecting a bit of colour into proceedings too, rather than the endless trudge through brown factories, brown cities, and brown warehouses.

In typical Gears form, Gears 5 will have split-screen and online co-op, 4K HDR support, and will run at 60 frames per second on Xbox One X. PC players, this factor is obviously going to come down to the system you’re running Gears of War 5 on.

All three of the announced Gears of War titles will be launching at some point in 2019.