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The Gears of War 4 Launch Trailer is here… three weeks ahead of its launch

Narrated by Marcus Fenix and soundtracked by a cover of Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters,” the Gears of War 4 Launch Trailer has arrived… three weeks ahead of the game’s planned launch on October 11.

Those 21 days and nights will give us plenty of time to digest this new trailer, which includes the reappearance of Augustus “Cole Train” Cole and the Locust. And it looks like there’s a very real chance that Marcus Fenix won’t make it to the end credits.

Gears of War 4 will be released for the PC and Xbox One, but fans who purchase it digitally through the Xbox Games Store will receive both versions as part of Microsoft’s Xbox Play Anywhere program.

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Run the Jewels debuts “Panther Like A Panther” in Gears of War 4’s Horde 3.0 trailer

Horde Mode took the world by storm in 2009 after its debut in Gears of War 2, and The Coalition has big plans for the evolution of the co-operative survival mode in Gears of War 4. Officially known as Horde 3.0, the developer wants to give players the chance to deploy unique classes and buildable fortifications as they fight for survival against “50 Waves of Chaos.”

Here’s what they had to say about Horde 3.0 on the Xbox Wire:

In addition to ferocious new classes of enemies like the Swarm and the DeeBees, Horde 3.0 also introduces new innovations like a class-based system that lets you choose from five variations in roles – Soldier, Sniper, Scout, Heavy and Engineer – to play to your strengths and encourage teamwork. In addition, the new “Fabricator” is a deployable base of operations that allows players to build their defenses anywhere on the map and execute their defensive strategy with precision.

The Horde 3.0 trailer is also notable for its soundtrack, which features the debut of “Panther Like A Panther,” the first track from Run the Jewels’s upcoming album, Run the Jewels 3. The duo’s collaboration with The Coalition won’t end there either. Both Killer Mike and El-P will be available as playable characters in all of Gears of War 4’s multiplayer modes.

If you’re in Seattle for this weekend’s PAX West expo, you can try out Gears of War 4 (and Horde 3.0) at the Microsoft booth right now. The rest of us will have to wait until October 11, which is when Gears of War 4 will be available in stores for the PC and Xbox One.

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Xbox One S to launch on August 2; Custom Gears of War 4 Bundle coming in October

Microsoft has announced their upgraded Xbox One S console will be available on August 2, and prospective purchasers will have a choice of three different hard drive sizes: 500GB ($299), 1TB ($349), and 2TB ($399).

In addition to more processing power, the Xbox One S will include a 4K Ultra HD disc drive with High Dynamic Range (HDR) to create the smoothest visuals for games and movies. The system itself is also said to be 40% smaller than the current Xbox One model, and it’ll come packaged with the new Xbox One Wireless Controller (with a textured grip and Bluetooth support). The new Xbox One Wireless Controller will also be sold separately beginning on August 2 (for $59.99).

In October, Microsoft also plans to begin selling a custom 2TB Xbox One S Bundle featuring Gears of War 4. The bundle will include a special “Battle-Weathered” console and “Crimson Omen” controller, along with a download code for Gears of War 4 and another code to activate the Season Pass. A JD Fenix Limited Edition Wireless Controller will also be available this October. Unlike the pulsating red of the Xbox One S, the JD Fenix controller “is designed after JD Fenix’s armor and features metallic blue accents and textured grip for enhanced controls, as well as the COG logo – the Phoenix Omen.”

You can get a closer look at the “Battle-Weathered” Gears of War 4 console after the break, and more information about the package can be found at the Xbox Wire. (more…)

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Every game published by Microsoft will be released with an Xbox Play Anywhere option

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Way back in 2003, Microsoft released Halo: Combat Evolved for the PC, and followed it up with a PC port for Halo 2 in 2007. Not counting the Spartan spinoff games, these are the only two titles in the Halo franchise to ever be released for the PC. But it looks like PC players might get to revisit the franchise again in the not-too-distant future.

Yusuf Mehdi, the Vice President of the Windows and Devices Group, knows that fans want the franchise to continue on the PC, and he might just grant them their wish. In a new post on the Windows Blog, Mehdi has confirmed that all future Microsoft-published games will be released as part of the Xbox Play Anywhere program, meaning that purchasers will receive a copy of the game for the Xbox One and Windows 10.

With the Xbox Play Anywhere program, you can buy a game once and play on your Windows 10 PC and Xbox One with shared progress, shared game saves and shared achievements. Every new title published from Microsoft Studios will support Xbox Play Anywhere and will be easily accessible in the Windows Store.

Halo 6, the next mainline entry in the franchise, was announced in 2011 as part of a “new trilogy” alongside Halo 4 and Halo 5: Guardians. It’s unknown when it’ll be released (or even re-announced), but unless Microsoft exempts it from the Xbox Play Anywhere program, we now know it’ll be available for the Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs.

In the more immediate future, Microsoft has a number of Xbox Play Anywhere titles planned for the Fall including Gears of War 4, Dead Rising 4, Forza Horizon 3, and ReCore.

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Marcus Fenix returns in Gears of War 4’s E3 2016 trailer and Windows 10 launch confirmed

Introduced on the E3 2016 stage by series co-creator Rod Fergusson, Microsoft’s latest Gears of War 4 trailer features a wild night on Sera with JD Fenix and friends as they battle a never-before-seen enemy. And be sure you watch until the end for the return of JD’s “old” man, Marcus Fenix.

Here’s what the Xbox Wire had to say about the new gameplay trailer:

The demo features JD Fenix and his friends Kait and Del as they fight for survival against ferocious new enemies amidst violent wind flares that bring new dynamic gameplay as they rip through the lands of Sera and alter the battlefield.

Gears of War 4 takes place in the course of one night as JD, Kait, and Del embark on a desperate mission to rescue the ones they love and discover a monstrous new threat. It’s a game that’s more intimate, but at the same time more epic and intense than any previous Gears game.

Gears of War 4 will be available on October 11 for the PC and Xbox One as part of Microsoft’s Play Anywhere program. That means player will receive both versions of the game with a single purchase, and be able to jump back and forth between versions with the same cloud save. Microsoft also promised to include cross-play between Xbox One and Windows 10 users for all co-op modes and 4K support on Windows 10.

Oh, and Horde Mode will return in Gears of War 4 with “new classes, skills and abilities tied to cards and more.”

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Experience the sound of hungry monsters (and silence) in new Gears of War 4 trailer

The Gears of War franchise never met a melancholy trailer it didn’t like, and the latest trailer for Gears of War 4 is no exception.

Soundtracked to a somber cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence,” the trailer crosscuts between JD Fenix’s idyllic childhood with his mother, Anya Stroud, and father, Marcus, and a harrowing escape from one of the game’s nightmarish new monsters.

Microsoft premiered the 60-second clip during last night’s episode of Fear the Walking Dead, and it’s the latest in a string of recent Gears 4 news. In the last two weeks, we’ve also learned that it’ll be released on October 11 and that developer The Coalition plans to blow the lid off the game’s multiplayer modes at this year’s PAX East convention.

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Gears of War 4 will chainsaw its way into our homes on October 11

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Microsoft and The Coalition have announced that Gears of War 4 will be released exclusively for the Xbox One on October 11. Set 25 years after the events of Gears of War 3, the fourth game in the series will star Marcus’s son, JD Fenix, and a new generation of Gears, as they battle “a fearsome new threat.”

The Coalition has several Gears 4 events planned for the next few weeks that should help fans get excited for the reemergence of the franchise. A countdown clock on the game’s official website is currently ticking away and will expire on April 10 at 9:10 PM (Eastern Time). What will we learn later this week? Your guess is as good as mine.

However, we do know that the Gears of War 4 beta will kick off on April 18. Players who previously purchased the Gears of War: Ultimate Edition on the Xbox One or PC will be able to join up for two weeks of intense multiplayer testing. The beta will expand to include all Xbox Live Gold subscribers on April 25.

And don’t forget, Microsoft will bring a playable demo of Gears 4 (and “some special surprises”) to this year’s PAX East convention, which opens April 22.

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The Coalition is bringing a playable demo of Gears of War 4 and “some special surprises” to PAX East 2016

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PAX East 2016 is a little over three weeks away, and The Coalition has announced their plan to host a pair of Gears of War 4 presentations as part of the east coast’s largest gaming convention.

First, the developer will host the Gears eSports ESL Pro League Season 2 Finals on Saturday, April 23. Fans who can’t make it to Boston are encouraged to watch along at home through the Gears of War Twitch Channel. They’ll get a chance to see the best Gears teams in the country compete for the championship, and they’ll witness the debut of a brand new competitive game mode for Gears of War 4.

Then, on Sunday, April 24, The Coalition will take over the Albatross Theater at 10:30 AM (Eastern Time) for a multiplayer-focused panel known as “Out of the Shadows: Inside Gears of War Multiplayer.” The panel will feature a “deeper dive” into Gears 4’s multiplayer along with “some special surprises.” Like the ESL Pro League Finals, the “Out of the Shadows” panel will be streamed live on the Gears of War Twitch Channel.

Finally, a playable demo of Gears of War 4’s multiplayer Versus mode will be available at the Xbox booth all weekend long.

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