Gears of War 4 is the first game to open up Microsoft's E3 conference, and they start with some nice bombshells.
Before showing any gameplay, Microsoft announced that Gears of War 4 is coming to PC. Further more, all PC and Xbox One players will be able to play co-op and hoard mode together right away. You can buy either copy of the game and get both as well. Furthermore, for a limited time Gears of War 4 will not only include the new game, but all four Xbox 360 Gears of War games as well.
We start with gameplay, which shows four characters taking shelter in a building during a storm. The gameplay showed characters using the classic Gears of War chainsaw, and a knife to dispatch enemies. The characters moved forward and fought various enemies, at one point manning a catapult to destroy a turret.
A new weapon called the Buzzkill was shown off, firing bouncing saw blades that cut enemies into pieces. Bolts of lightning strike the ground, making a visually impressive storm that devastates enemies along the way. The demo ends with a new type of enemy bursting out of a door and making a big showing of itself.
After the gameplay demo ends we got a quick little speech from Laura Bailey's character, and then we get a quick peek at Marcus Fenix who will be showing up in the game as well.
Gears of War 4 will follow JD Fenix, the son of Marcus Fenix, as him and his friends Kait and Del attempt to rescue their families and loved ones from imprisonment. The game includes new features, like windstorms that blow your bullets around or blow away your cover, and new weapons, like the Dropshot which sees a grenade boring itself into either the ground or the enemies you hit. Gears of War 4 also has a robust multiplayer offering which includes both co-op and versus game modes. Notably, the game is set to always run at 60 fps during multiplayer no matter which console or PC you're playing it on. It also has a revamped Hoard mode where you can build defensive weapons and fortifications anywhere you need it.
There will also be a special Gears of War Xbox Elite wireless controller to go with the game.
Gears of War 4 releases October 11th on the Xbox One and PC for $59.99. There will also be a ultimate edition that goes for $99.99 which includes the base game, the season pass, and allows you to play the game four days early.
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