Gears of War 4 News

Gears of War creator Epic Games announces a new game

Remember when Epic Games flew the Xbox 360 flag with Gears of War? Those were the days. Now we get Paragon (open beta), a not-bad MOBA; Fortnite (alpha), a base-building survival game in development for six years now; and a new, somewhat openly developed Unreal Tournament (pre-alpha).

Oh, and one other game, just announced: Battle Breakers. A turn-based tactical role-playing game for mobiles and PC, with cross-platform play.

Battle Breakers looks like typical mobile fare, with your team's heroes stood on hex grids on your side, facing off against enemies standing on hex grids on their side. There's an anime style and tone to the whole thing, with loud noises and flashy abilities. Do I sound old yet?

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Here's another 10 minutes of Gears of War 4 gameplay

Microsoft has released another 10 minutes of Gears of War 4 gameplay, this time showcasing the third-person shooter at 4K resolution.

The video, below, runs through the Rescue chapter of the game. JD, Kait and Del are chasing an unknown enemy through an old COG fort and come up against two new Swarm enemies: Drones and Pouncers.

Meanwhile, Microsoft confirmed the minimum and recommended and ideal specs for playing Gears of War 4 on Windows 10 PC. Of note: you need a whopping 80GBs of harddrive space free for the game.

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500GB and 1TB Xbox One S bundles announced

500GB and 1TB Xbox One S bundles announced

Coming to Europe 22nd September.

Two new Xbox One S bundles have been announced by Microsoft on stage at Gamescom, launching in Europe on the 22nd of September.

The console is bundled with FIFA 17 in a 500GB and 1TB version, retailing for £249 and £299 respectively. A month of EA Access is also included in the deal.

There has been no word, however, on any further availability for the Xbox One S 2TB edition before the Gears of War special edition launches, meaning it remains the best way to secure a 2TB console.

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Gears of War 4's PC-exclusive features detailed

Digital FoundryGears of War 4's PC-exclusive features detailed

"We sit at 28 different settings and we're thinking of ways to add more ..."

The upcoming Gears of War 4 will be one of the very first Xbox Play Anywhere releases, with digital purchases cross-playable between Windows 10 and Xbox One - but the question is, what exclusive enhancements can PC owners enjoy that leverage the more powerful hardware, and to what extent is the game customisable?

Tomorrow, Digital Foundry is running an exclusive tech interview with Mike Rayner, technical director for The Coalition, and he reveals some of the treats in store for PC users.

"Our focus on PC is to deliver a highly optimised, customisable experience first and foremost," Rayner tells us.

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New Gears of War 4 campaign gameplay features daddy Fenix

Microsoft's released new gameplay of Gears of War 4's campaign.

The video, below, confirms that daddy Marcus Fenix comes along for the ride during at least one point in the game. We only catch a glimpse of him in action in the gameplay, as the player is in control of his son, JD, throughout.

The video showcases the quiet/loud gameplay the Gears series is known for, with cover-based combat and environmental triggers.

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Gears of War 4 trailer channels daddy Fenix

Gears of War 4 trailer channels daddy Fenix

Hello Marcus my old friend.

Gears of War 4 has a release date - 11th October - and now it has a teaser trailer that sets the scene.

Gears of War 4 is set 25 years after Gears of War 3, and as such stars Marcus Fenix's son, JD. The trailer fuses JD's fight against a new enemy with a scene taken from his childhood, where Marcus plants a tree for his son. All this to a soul-destroying cover of Simon & Garfunkel's The Sound of Silence, which is only a key change better than the abomination that was the cover of Nirvana's Come As You Are Microsoft used for the Quantum Break TV ad.

"JD Fenix must embrace his father's legacy and battle a terrifying new enemy," reads the official blurb.

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Gears of War 4 gets global release date

Gears of War 4 gets global release date

While split-screen confirmed across all game modes.

Gears of War 4, which I'm still a little miffed isn't just called Gears of 4, has been given a final release date, with The Coalition's continuation of the popular Xbox series coming on October 11th.

It'll be coming out just over five years after Gears of War 3 released in September 2011 (though let's not forget People Can Fly's 2013 series entry Gears of War: Judgement). A closed beta that shows a slice of the multiplayer - developed in part by Bromley studio Splash Damage - is rolling out on April 18th for those who played last year's Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, and it'll be opening up to all Xbox Live Gold members a week later on April 25th.

The Coalition confirmed recently that split-screen would be present in all modes for Gears of War 4 in an interview with Game Informer (spotted by Gamespot), with the game's 60fps frame-rate in multiplayer taking a hit to some 30fps (the campaign is already confirmed to run at 1080p30). We'll hopefully have a little more for you on Gears of War 4 at some point next week.

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Gear of War 4 open beta detailed

Gear of War 4 open beta detailed

Early access for Gears Ultimate Edition players.

Gear of War 4 will host a lengthy multiplayer beta next month.

Early access to the test will begin on 18th April for anyone who has played Gears of War: Ultimate Edition on Xbox One or Windows 10.

Players will be sent Gears 4 beta access tokens in waves beginning from that date.

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Gears of War 4 announced, gameplay footage revealed

Gears of War 4 announced, gameplay footage revealed

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition beta starts tonight.

Microsoft has announced Gears of War 4 and in the same breath unveiled gameplay footage.

In the video, below, we see two new characters explore a dark and creepy environment. There's wind, crumbling structures and a bit where some monster goop splashes on the screen. Nice! Then, the pair face off against huge and horrible monsters.

Traditional Gears mechanics are present and correct, including cover-based third-person shooting, brutal chainsaw action and barrel rolls.

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