Gears of War 4 Release Date Confirmed

The Gears of War franchise has rapidly become one of Microsoft’s most successful exclusives and gained popularity for its no-nonsense, frantic action. Instead of trying to implement a heartfelt story with dramatic twists, the intense gameplay has always been the series’ main attraction. While it’s not necessarily a system seller like Halo or Forza, it’s certainly a great addition to the Xbox’s line-up. In a post on Xbox Wire, Adam Fletcher, Director of Community from the Coalition announced the release date of Gears of War 4. Here is the statement in full:

“Gears fans, mark your calendars, as the next chapter in the Lancer-revving Gears of War saga is set to begin on Oct. 11 with the release of Gears of War 4.

It’s been almost a year since Gears of War 4 made its global debut at E3 2015, and today’s announcement is set to ignite a chain of upcoming revelations about what’s in store for JD Fenix and the next generation of Gears heroes.

Gears of War 4 marks the beginning of an epic new saga for one of gaming’s most celebrated franchises, as a new band of heroes rises to confront a fearsome new threat. Harkening back to the dark and intense roots of the original classic, fans can expect a familiar, yet distinct evolution of gameplay, including brutal and intimate action, a heart-pounding campaign, genre-defining multiplayer and stunning visuals powered by Unreal Engine 4.

Eager to get a taste of Gears of War 4 before October? Don’t miss the multiplayer beta kicking off this month!

Beginning on April 18, fans who’ve played Gears of War: Ultimate Edition on Xbox One or Windows 10 will be able to join the beta on Xbox One, which will expand to all Xbox Live Gold members on April 25. For more information on what to expect from the beta, check out our recent announcement highlighting the full details, and stay tuned to Xbox Wire and for more exciting news in the coming weeks and months.”

Unfortunately, the announcement doesn’t provide any information about a PC version. I fully expect the game to be released on PC in the future especially when you consider some vague statements have been made about its production. Sadly, it looks like the game will remain an Xbox One exclusive for the current period and not have a similar simultaneous release schedule like Quantum Break.

Gears of War 4 Will be “A Graphical Showcase” For The Xbox One

The Gears of War franchise is one of Microsoft’s most successful exclusives and continues to attract a very passionate fan base. Instead of focussing on an emotional narrative, the Gears of War series prioritizes fun, chaotic gameplay and creates a very memorable experience. Originally, the first entry launched on the Xbox 360 and received critical acclaim for its dark, atmospheric setting. Additionally, the graphical quality was absolutely sensational for the time, and a real showcase of the Xbox 360’s capabilities. Unfortunately, the previous title, Gears of War: Judgement felt a little uninspired and didn’t really offer anything new. There’s clearly been some stagnation in the franchise, but this is quite a common notion across almost every major game series. After a fairly long hiatus, Gears of War 4 is heading to the Xbox One and looks very impressive.

In the last issue of Official Xbox Magazine US, The Coalition’s studio head, Rod Fergusson claimed the studio will be:

“Delivering [with Ultimate Edition] the first 60fps multiplayer experience in franchise history really taught us a lot about what it means to have a 60fps culture on the team and we’re leveraging that experience for Gears of War 4.”

“Like how the original Gears of War was a visual showcase for the Xbox 360, Gears of War 4 will be a graphical showcase for the Xbox One.”

Microsoft’s latest console has been heavily criticized for its technical limitations and consistently struggles to match the PlayStation 4’s performance in multi platform releases. The company’s initial entertainment focus and poor specification limits the amount of power developers have at their disposal. As a result, it’s extremely difficult to attain 60 frames-per-second at 1080P and concessions usually have to be made. It’s not uncommon for some Xbox One titles to run at 900P or even less! Hopefully Gears of War 4 helps restore the console’s reputation and showcase the benefits of impressive optimization. However, I’m quite sceptical because it’s impossible to ignore the console’s very limited hardware.