Mixer's new streaming icon, Tyler "Ninja" Blevins, is first to stream Gears 5 – the upcoming installment in the Gears of War series. The game will release to the public on September 10th, just one week from today, as the sixth entry in the saga.
Partnering with Microsoft to bring you the first ever Gears of war 5 campaign playthrough tonight at 5 central! Check out the Trailer here and I'll see you tonight at https://t.co/d21XV8MWPv >:) https://t.co/7voWqAxgc0 pic.twitter.com/6TJZmUYcQ3— Ninja (@Ninja) September 3, 2019
Ninja has stated that he plans to only play a some of the campaign, as he doesn't want to spoil too much for players before they can get their hands on a copy. However, tuning in to the stream, going on right now if you're reading around 4PM Pacific Time, will be a good way to check out the campaign's gameplay completely unfiltered.
It comes as no surprise that Ninja was given exclusive early access to the Microsoft title, considering Mixer shares the same owner. This, perhaps, is more evidence that Ninja's switch to the streaming platform was based on more than just a quick cash grab. Gears of War entries aside, let's not forget that Microsoft Studios has rights to other successful series such as Forza, Age of Empires, and Halo – the game that brought Ninja to the forefront of the competitive gaming scene (Halo Infinite anyone?). Ninja might just be the first streamer to get to play multiple of Microsoft's upcoming exclusives.
As for Gears 5, the story will center around Kait Diaz, our protagonist with a connection to The Locust. Joining her will be some other familiar faces, including the father-son duo Marcus and JD Fenix – plus a few other surprise fan-favorites. Interestingly, the game will also incorporate 3-player local split screen, a feature that players always seem to appreciate (or demand).
Lately, Ninja has been dabbling in other games aside from Fortnite, giving both Minecraft and World of Warcraft Classic some love and attention. It seems that he may just be testing his audience to see if they enjoy his branching into other popular games (WoW Classic just released and Minecraft seems to be making a resurgence, partly due to PewDiePie).
That said, I bet we aren't the only ones wondering what kind of audience he'll draw when streaming Gears 5 later today. If you want to check it out, Ninja started streaming the game on Mixer at 5pm central.