Gears 5 has released and the standard edition is available worldwide. Gears 5 is a sequel to Gears of War 4, continuing the story with Kait, JD and Del. According to Rod Fergusson, Studio Head of The Coalition, this isn’t necessarily just the middle act in a trilogy.

In an interview with VentureBeat, Rod explained that “We’re trying to get out of the trilogy mindset. The word I like now is “saga.” Just the idea that we don’t want to limit ourselves to a beginning, middle, and end, one-two-three thing. “Oh, this is the Empire Strikes Back game.” That kind of thing. For us it’s just about where the story can take us and what stories we can tell. This is just a continuation of the saga.”

The next Gears of War game that has been announced is Gears Tactics, which will shake things up by entering a new perspective, one of turn-based combat similar to XCOM. With the Gears of War franchise continuing to evolve and Rod Fergusson now saying Gears 5 isn’t just the middle game in a trilogy, the future is full of potential for the series.

Related: Gears 5 review: An evolved formula brings home a big win for Xbox

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