Gears of War Timeline – Everything in Chronological Order

Over the years, the chronological order of Gears of War got quite complicated. Although the games are clearly numbered, dozens of books and comics fill the gaps in in between. Together , they make up the Gears of War universe.

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With so many different media, you might lose sight of which stories really matter. That’s why we’ve collected all of Gears of War’s books, comics and games in one definitive Gears of War Timeline. Let’s start with a quick overview of all the games in order of release.

  1. Gears of War (2006, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition in 2015)

    Takes place during the Locust War.

  2. Gears of War 2 (2008)

    Takes place during the Locust War.

  3. Gears of War 3 (2011)

    Takes place during the Locust War.

  4. Gears of War: Judgment (2013)

    Takes place during the Locust War, before the original trilogy.

  5. Gears of War 4 (2016)

    Takes place during the Swarm War.

  6. Gears 5 (2019)

    Takes place during the Swarm War.

  7. Gears Tactics (2020)

    Takes place during the Locust War, before the original trilogy.

This article was last updated March 2021

We now put the games chronologically in the Gears of War Timeline, together with all other media. The Gears of War Timeline can be divided into three eras. Click on them to reveal all media taking place in that specific era.

To keep it somewhat understandable, we don’t treat flashbacks, like at the beginning of Gears of War 4, separately. When something happens at the same time, such as Gears of War 2 and the comics The Quickening and Harper’s Story, we use the most logical order to read/play.

Timelines at Beyond Video Gaming are divided in different eras. Click or tap on a title to see all the media within the era. The following icons will mark whether something is a game, book, comic or movie.

  • Game
  • Book
  • Comic
  • Film or tv-series

If possible, we provide you with a link that enables you to play, read, watch, or buy it right away. We may earn a commission for purchases using our links.

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This Gears of War Timeline has been put together with as much care as possible. However, it is possible that an error has crept into our chronological order. Are you an even bigger Gears fan than us? Please contact us and tell us what we did wrong!

Lars Cornelis

Lars has been a game journalist since 2005. He loves a virtual adventures and appreciates a good story, whether told through environmental storytelling or deep lore. He has a large collection of books and comics based on his favorite games, like Halo, Assassin's Creed and Metal Gear Solid.

2 thoughts on “Gears of War Timeline – Everything in Chronological Order

  • 11 October 2020 at 01:16

    From My knowledge, you got everything right except “Rise of Raam.” It actually goes before “Judgement.” It’s the events that led to Emergence Day.

    • 11 October 2020 at 20:03

      Oops! You’re right! Changed it right away. Thanks!


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