Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Gears of War

E3 2016 – Microsoft: Xbox One 2, Scorpio, Forza Horizon, Dead Rising

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Microsoft had plenty to show at their conference, including gameplay reveals of Rare’s Pirate-themed multiplayer-entric Sea of Thieves and the co-op-friendly Forza Horizon 3. Other trailers posted below include announcement videos for Dead Rising 4, State of Decay 2, and We Happy Few, plus more from Scalebound, ReCore, and others. Phantom Dust is still a go, too (woo!). Play Anywhere was prominent, which further integrates Xbox One and Windows 10 by offering cross-buy support and same-day release for MS-published titles. The biggest reveals were the Xbox One S and Project Scorpio. The Xbox One S will be 40 percent smaller, come in white, have an internal power supply, support 4K Ultra HD for Blu-rays and streaming content, support High Dynamic Range (HDR) for games, and come with an updated controller. Kinect adapters will be required, but they will be free from Microsoft. The systems will roll out August 2016 for $299 (500 GB), $349 (1 TB), and $399 (limited launch edition 2 TB). Project Scorpio will be arriving holiday 2017, and is being described as “the most powerful console ever created” with support for 4K gaming and VR thanks to its “6 teraflops of GPU.” All Xbox One games will work on all Xbox One systems.


Articles, PC News, Xbox One News

Gears of War 4 pre-order bonuses, season pass detailed

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MS has sent word that the Standard and Ultimate editions of Gears of War 4 are up for pre-order. Additionally, a special bonus was announced for those who get in early. Gamers who pre-order either version will receive the Vintage Del Gear Pack, a set that includes a Vintage Del character model, emblem, two Vintage weapon skins, and a Vintage Del bounty. The standard edition costs $59.99 and the Ultimate Edition runs $99.99, which includes early access and the season pass. The pass, which includes 24 DLC maps and six Gear Packs, is detailed below along with the remaining Ultimate Edition goodies.


Xbox One News

Gears of War 4 multiplayer trailer, PAX East events details posted

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The Coalition has released a new trailer ahead of the Gears of War 4’s multiplayer beta opening to all Live Gold members. The beta will open up next Monday, so to get newer players up to speed, a highlight reel was put together showcasing some of the new weapons, abilities, and executions. The Dropshot, Buzzkill, and vault kick all pop up. PAX East attendees will get a chance to try multiplayer with a hands-on demo as well as watch the Gears eSports ESL Pro League Season 2 Grand Finals, catch the reveal of the new competitive mode Escalation, and sit in on a multiplayer-themed panel hosted by The Coalition. Gamers who won’t be in Boston for the show can check out the events, and take part in some giveaways, at 10:00 a.m. (CST) at the official Gears Twitch channel.


Convention, Xbox One News

JD Fenix introduced in new Gears of War 4 story trailer, Tomorrow

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The Coalition and Microsoft have released the first story trailer for Gears of War 4. Titled Tomorrow, the video introduces a new arc that begins after the events of Gears of War 3. The upcoming storyline takes place 25 years later and follows the exploits of Marcus Felix’s son, JD, as he struggles against a new enemy. Also, a reminder for multiplayer fans: the beta is set to kick off on April 18 for players who’ve logged in time with Gears of War: Ultimate Edition. Later that week, on April 24, it will expand to include Live Gold members. Check here for details.


PC News, Xbox One News

Gears of War 4 launching October 11, MP demo hitting April 18

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Microsoft has announced that Gears of War 4 will be launching for Xbox One on October 11. The fourth entry will begin a new story arc with a new set of characters setting out to face an unknown enemy. The game is said to harken “back to the dark and intense roots of the original classic” and that “fans can expect a familiar, yet distinct evolution of gameplay.” To get the ball rolling, a multiplayer beta is set to kick off on April 18 for anyone who has played Gears of War: Ultimate Edition on Xbox One or Windows 10. The beta will then expand on April 25 to include all Live Gold members.


PC News, PlayStation 4 News, Xbox One News

Gears of War 4 multiplayer beta to open Versus for play in April

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Gears of War 4’s multiplayer component will enter beta this April. Players who own Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for Windows 10 or Xbox One will being to receive tokens next month to access Versus, with the first wave of keys going out on April 18. The beta will run until May 1. Microsoft has also extended the qualification period. To qualify to receive a token, players need to log on to Xbox Live and play Ultimate Edition by 1 p.m. (CST) on April 11.


Xbox One News

Rocket League launches for Xbox One with Halo, Gears goodies

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Psyonix’s popular driving-soccer hybrid Rocket League has launched for Xbox One. The $19.99 action-heavy sports title is being released through ID@Xbox and was co-developed by Panic Button Games. The new version features several extras, including two system-exclusive battle-cars—the Halo ‘HogSticker’ and the Gears of War ‘Armadillo’—and Garage items based on Halo, Gears of War, and Sunset Overdrive. The package is also bundled with three previously released download packs: Supersonic Fury, Revenge of the Battle-Cars, and Chaos Run. A full run down of everything added is listed below.


DLC, Xbox One News

Activision Blizzard acquires Major League Gaming

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Activision Blizzard is expanding their eSport footprint with the acquisition of Major League Gaming. MLG is over 12 years old with over nine million registered users, and hosts more than 180 players throughout its operated events. The league’s live-streaming capabilities will be used to augment Activision Blizzard’s Media Networks division. According to the announcement, MLG will still run, MLG Pro Circuit, and GameBattles, as well as continue working with its current partners and other publishers.


PC News, PlayStation 3 News, PlayStation 4 News, Xbox 360 News, Xbox One News

(Xbox One Review) Gears of War: Ultimate Edition

(Xbox One Review) Gears of War: Ultimate Edition

“… adds a nice visual shine and beefs up multiplayer but neglects some noticeable issues with the campaign.”


Xbox One Reviews

Mad World returns in Gears of War: Ultimate Edition launch trailer

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Microsoft has reached into their vaults for the latest trailer for Gears of War: Ultimate Edition. Fans of the original might recall a memorable TV spot featuring the song Mad World, and in a fitting nod to the 2006 version, Mad World returns for Ultimate Edition’s launch trailer. Check it out below. And as a reminder, all save files, add-ons, and achievements will carry over to Ultimate Edition, which will also support several Xbox One features, including screenshots, Snap, and DVR.


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