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Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Gears of War
Gears of War 4’s release date nears, and to ensure that everyone’s properly motivated to grab their guns and find some cover, The Coalition has released its launch trailer. The video features some new footage, highlighting the latest generation of heroes as well as the new threat, the Swarm. A batch of new screenshots was also released and has been posted beneath the trailer.
Run the Jewels is teaming up with The Coalition to debut their latest track Panther Like a Panther, from their upcoming album Run the Jewels 3, in a new trailer for Gears of War 4. The video spotlights Horde 3.0. The new version will once again have a team of players facing off against waves of increasingly difficult enemies, but now with the addition of abilities, fortifications via a deployable base, and five classes: Engineer, Heavy, Scout, Sniper, and Soldier. Horde 3.0 will be playable at Pax West this weekend, with special guests battling it out in the First to Fifty, beginning at 6:30 p.m. (PDT) in the Pax Arena. Run the Jewels will be on hand, along with series co-creator Rod Fergusson, at Bait on Saturday from 2 to 3 p.m., and will appear as characters in multiplayer.
Microsoft has released a new trailer and some gameplay footage from Gears of War 4. The windfall is due to San Diego Comic-Con, where players can spend some hands-on time with a playable demo that features a portion of the campaign and the Forge map in multiplayer at Xbox Booth #100. In addition, there will be a “Creators, Characters and Cast” panel in Center Room 6BCF on July 21 (2:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m.) with studio head Rod Fergusson, Liam McIntyre (Fenix), and others. An Encore with a special guest will take place on Friday at Nerd HQ (5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.). There will also be physical Gear Packs with cards that unlock in-game customization items, also at Booth #100 and Nerd HQ, and several figures and replicas on display. For those eying the new S model, a themed 2 TB bundle was announced for $449, which will include a themed controller, vertical stand, downloadable copy of Gears 4, early access (Oct. 7), and digital bonuses. The digital content includes the Vintage VIP Pack, six Gears Pack, permanent access to future maps for private games, and more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.