Gears of War Timeline

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.

1BuyThe Rise of RaamGraphic NovelKurtis J. WiebeGears of War2018-06-26
2BuyRAAM's ShadowGameAaron LindeGears of War2011-09-20DLC for Gears of War 3
3BuyGears of War: JudgmentGameChris BordersGears of War2013-03-19
4BuyJudgment: Kilo Squad: The Survivor's LogNovelRob AutenGears of War2014-03-04
5BuyThe SlabNovelKaren TravissGears of War2012-05-03
6BuyGears of WarGameSusan O'ConnorGears of War2006-11-12
7BuyAspho FieldsNovelKaren TravissGears of War2008-10-28
8BuyGears of War Omnibus, Vol. 1Graphic NovelJoshua OrtegaGears of War2018-12-18Gears of War: Volume 1 - 3 are repackaged into this and the other Gears of War Omnibus.
9BuyGears of War 2GameJoshua OrtegaGears of War2008-11-07
10BuyJacinto's RemnantNovelKaren TravissGears of War2009-07-28
11BuyAnvil GateNovelKaren TravissGears of War2010-08-31
12BuyCoalition's EndNovelKaren TravissGears of War2011-08-02
13BuyGears of War Omnibus, Vol. 2Graphic NovelKaren Traviss, Joshua OrtegaGears of War2019-12-17Gears of War: Volume 1 - 3 are repackaged into this and the other Gears of War Omnibus.
14BuyGears of War 3GameAaron LindeGears of War2011-09-20
15BuyGears of War 4GameRod FergussonGears of War2016-10-11
16BuyAscendanceNovelJason M. HoughGears of War2019-07-30
17BuyHivebustersGraphic NovelKurtis J WiebeGears of War2020-05-26
18BuyGears 5GameRod FergussonGears of War2019-09-10
  1. Cody

    gears 5 and gears of war ascendance are out are you going to put them in the timeline

    1. Jason Hamilton

      Yes, this timeline is long overdue for an update. It’ll happen sometime soon within the next few weeks.

  2. ed

    you could put gears 2 dlc road to ruin in and you could put aftermath in between gears 3 too.


    There is another one coming out. Gears Tactics, will that be added?


    It’s a little late for ME now, but I think Judgement might have come before Raam’s Shadow.

  5. Abraham Smith

    You need to move Raam’s Shadow to between Kilo Squad, and The Slab

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