Recent Articles: Gears of War 4

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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Microsoft will release a Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Xbox One Bundle this August

Microsoft is prepping another Xbox One System Bundle and its meant to honor the re-release of a classic coming out next month. Can you guess what it is? If you said Rare Replay, I like your style, but you’re wrong. Instead, Microsoft will bundle together a digital download of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition and an Xbox One system on August 25.

In addition to the game, the Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Xbox One Bundle will include a 500 GB Xbox One system, an Xbox One Wireless Controller (with a 3.5mm headset jack), “early access” to the Gears of War 4 Multiplayer Beta, the “Superstar Cole” multiplayer skin, and a 14-day Xbox Live trial.

As part of their 2015 Comic-Con presentation, Studio Head Rod Fergusson also unveiled a behind-the-scenes video documenting The Coalition’s work on remastering the game’s cinematics. The video is the first in a nine-part series detailing the game’s development, so expect to hear plenty more from Fergusson’s team before Gears of War: Ultimate Edition’s August 25 launch.

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Get your first look at Gears of War 4, which will be available Fall 2016

Microsoft gave fans their first look at Gears of War 4 during their E3 Press Conference. In development at The Coalition under the guidance of Rod Fergusson, the nearly seven-minute gameplay trailer embedded above introduces us to two new characters, JD and his unnamed female partner. They’re looking for something… before they’re attacked by something… and then they find something (which turns out to be slimy pods)… before the something from before comes back to bite them with its many teeth.

Aside from all the somethings, what we do know is that Gears of War 4 will feature incredible graphics and an arsenal brimming with fan-favorites (the chainsaw-equipped Lancer, the Snub Pistol, and the Gnasher Shotgun).

I wish I could say more, but the trailer is very dark and very mysterious. Which makes sense when you realize that Gears of War 4’s Fall 2016 release is still a year-and-a-half away.

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“What’s next for Gears of War” will debut at E3 2015 as Black Tusk Studios changes its name to The Coalition

Black Tusk Studios is no more. From this day forward, the studio will be known as The Coalition (an allusion to the Coalition of Ordered Governments (COG) from Gears of War lore). The name change is designed to better convey The Coalition’s dedication to the Gears of War franchise, much like the public links the Halo series with 343 Industries and Turn 10 with the Forza franchise. The Studio Head of The Coalition, Rod Fergusson, further explained the reasons behind the name change in the video above. He also introduced the developer’s new logo.

And speaking of the Gears of War franchise, over on the Xbox Wire, Microsoft has promised that “what’s next for Gears of War” will be revealed on Monday, June 15 during their E3 2015 “Xbox Daily” show at 7:00 PM (Eastern Time). We don’t know if they’ll be announcing the Gears of War: Ultimate Edition or Gears of War 4, but fans of the franchise are surely excited all the same.

The Coalition is actually the second name change for the former “AAAA” developer. Before it took on the Black Tusk moniker in 2012, the studio was known as Microsoft Vancouver. They’ve yet to release a game under any name, but it’s only a matter of time now.

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Gears of War 4’s motion capture shoot is complete… here’s a teaser picture

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Jack Felling, a developer at Black Tusk Studios, has given us our first look at the upcoming Gears of War 4. Apparently, the motion capture shoot for the Xbox One game just wrapped up, so Felling tweeted out a picture of an actor holding the game’s signature weapon, the chainsaw-tipped Lancer:

Development on Gears of War 4 (which is currently a working title for the game) began in January 2014. With all the motion capture work done, Black Tusk has clearly made some decent progress on the game over the last 15 months, but it’s likely still a ways from completion. Who knows, maybe we’ll hear more about Gears of War 4 at this year’s E3 Expo…

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Black Tusk’s Studio Manager says Gears of War 4 needs to get back to franchise’s roots

gearsofwarlogoRod Fergusson, the Studio Manager at Gears of War 4 developer Black Tusk Studios, wants to reintroduce the Gears of War franchise to its roots. The developer relayed fears that the franchise has lost its way to Phil Spencer, the head of Microsoft’s Xbox Division, who in turn discussed the future of the series with IGN on their Podcast Unlocked podcast:

The Head of Xbox told IGN that, in discussions with Rod Fergusson, who’s in charge of Gears of War at Black Tusk Studios, he’s talked about Gears of War becoming “a parody of itself” over time. “Not for any horrible reasons,” but because managing success over time is challenging.

Spencer and Fergusson have also discussed “getting back to something,” he continued. “I think [about] the story and the setting and what they’re going through as a band. Gears of War, the name really meant something to what that game was about. We need to get back to that.” He also reiterated that the next Gears of War is not a reboot.

If anyone understands the soul of the Gears of War franchise, its Fergusson. Before leaving Irrational late last year, the developer was employed by Epic and contributed to the first three Gears of War games.

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