Written as a collection of notes in Damon Baird’s journal, The Survivor’s Log expands on declassified testimony and other facets of the game and serves as an in-universe artifact within the timeline of the series. This firsthand account chronicles the soldier’s experience in a riveting and beautifully illustrated oral history — the events he witnessed and the deterioration of COG society, his decision to take his unit rogue, and stories from the other members of his cohort. Divided into sections on COG society, Kilo Squad, and E-Day, the book underscores the perseverance of Baird and Kilo Squad and highlights key details on Locust forces. The Survivor’s Log is a genuine treat for fans of the game that USA Today heralded as “an intense prequel,” as well as “an exhilarating expansion and another worthwhile reason to rev up the chainsaws."
Rob Auten is a video game writer whose writing credits include Gears of War: Judgment (cowritten with Tom Bissell). He lives in New York City. Established in 1991, Epic Games develops cutting-edge games and cross-platform game engine technology. The company has created multiple award-winning titles in its Unreal series, and Epic’s Gears of War has won more than 30 Game of the Year Awards. Its headquarters are in Cary, NC.