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 GearsofWar.com 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: Ultimate Edition PC Graphics – Lowest Vs Max

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition has gotten off to a shaky start on PC, partly due to the erratic performance on a wide range of systems, causing frame rate drops and other glitches; basically the same as every other game launch these days. Then there’s the fact I’ve yet to know anyone who actually bought it anyway, so there’s some food for thought.

So what’s this game really got to offer anyway? Well, it’s got massively improved graphics vs the original release and that’s certainly no bad thing for those who have yet to play the original, or even just for those keen to revisit the classic first entry in the franchise. PC gaming is known for being able to push great graphics, but how do the graphics settings fair when they’re dialed all the way down to their lowest, vs how they look at their maximum? That’s what these screenshots aim to capture.

The images are ordered max/low, max/low, etc throughout.

Some fairly mixed results here, on minimum the game somehow manages to have worse textures that the original, which managed to run great on modern hardware, with high frame rates and even a mid range GPU can push it to 1440P and 4K without breaking into a sweat. However, the new one seems really muddy to me, although admittedly the maximum images do look great, they don’t seem to really change much more than a few textures. The lighting, decals, detailing and more seem fairly locked down in this images.

Overall, it’s still a great improvement on maximum from the original game, but perhaps not the big upgrade people were expecting, nor does the PC version offer any visual advantages over the Xbox One release; short of higher frame rates, but with the current state of the engine, they’re not guaranteed either.

Gears Of War 4 Featuring Marcus Fenix’s Son

Warning: this article will contain information regarding Gears of War 4. If you want to experience the game without any spoilered content, this may be an article you want to miss.

Now that we’ve done that, let’s get talking about what we really want to know. Details. Gears of War 4 looks to the be the latest in the series of Gears games, the first of which since Microsoft  purchased the series from Epic Games, its creators. The first bit of information we’ve received about the game is finally here, and that includes screen shots of the new cast and some details about them.

First up you have JD Fenix, featured in the middle above. The name should ring a bell as JD is actually the son of Marcus Fenix, the main character from the original Gears Of War games. Next up you have Delmond (Del) Walker, JD’s long time friend and fellow soldier, found on the left. Before the game took place, JD and Del go AWOL from COG (the military in the Gears of War series) only to find Kait Diaz (found on the right), an outsider who seems to have taken kindly to the former COG soldiers.

Set 25 years after Gears of War 3, the game looks to have a closer feel to the original Gears Of War game, rather than its sequels. With Liam McIntyre, known for playing the Weather Wizard on CW’s The Flash, voicing JD Fenix, the main character will be filled with the rich feeling a good actor brings to the game. Kait Diaz is being voiced by Laura Bailey, known for voicing Olympia Vale in Halo 5: Guardians and Jaina Proudmoore in Blizzard’s World of Warcraft. With Del being voiced by Eugene Byrd, known for his recurring roles on Bones and CW’s the Arrow.

With such a talented line up behind the game, we might even be able to look past the bad release of the previous Gears of War game in the Ultimate Edition on PC.

Epic Games Founder Declares War on Microsoft’s UWP Initiative

Earlier this week, Microsoft unveiled its Universal Windows Platform (UWP) initiative, which intends to unify Windows PC and Xbox One under one homogenous strategy, but also forces game publishers to submit to the company’s distribution model. An influential member of the games industry, however, thinks the program could prove a disaster for consumers, and one that must be fought.

Tim Sweeney, founder of Epic Games, developer of the Gears of War series, thinks that UWP is Microsoft’s attempt at monopolising the PC gaming ecosystem, at the expense of developers, publishers, and distributors alike.

“In my view, this is the most aggressive move Microsoft has ever made,” Sweeney writes in a op-ed piece in The Guardian. “While the company has been convicted of violating antitrust law in the past, its wrongful actions were limited to fights with specific competitors and contracts with certain PC manufacturers.”

“This isn’t like that,” he adds. “Here, Microsoft is moving against the entire PC industry – including consumers (and gamers in particular), software developers such as Epic Games, publishers like EA and Activision, and distributors like Valve and Good Old Games.”

“Microsoft has launched new PC Windows features exclusively in UWP, and is effectively telling developers you can use these Windows features only if you submit to the control of our locked-down UWP ecosystem. They’re curtailing users’ freedom to install full-featured PC software, and subverting the rights of developers and publishers to maintain a direct relationship with their customers.”

Sweeney closes his piece with a call to arms, to both gamers and developers: “As the founder of a major Windows game developer and technology supplier, this is an op-ed I hoped I would never feel compelled to write. But Epic has prided itself on providing software directly to customers ever since I started mailing floppy disks in 1991. We wouldn’t let Microsoft close down the PC platform overnight without a fight, and therefore we won’t sit silently by while Microsoft embarks on a series of sneaky manoeuvres aimed at achieving this over a period of several years.”

Image courtesy of UploadVR.

NVIDIA Releases 362.00 GameReady Driver For Far Cry Primal

The early pre-release footage from Far Cry Primal and press coverage indicates the game has some extremely high requirements especially on higher resolutions. It’s relatively easy to blame Ubisoft given their terrible reputation with optimization, but it’s important to remember that up to this point, there wasn’t any driver specifically released for Far Cry Primal. Thankfully, NVIDIA has just unveiled their latest WHQL GameReady driver for Far Cry Primal and it will be interesting to see if this makes a substantial difference to the current level of performance.

NVIDIA’s 362.00 driver also provides the necessary performance enhancements for Dying Light and Gears of War: Ultimate Edition. Even though Dying Light’s base game has been out for some time, the expansion entitled, “The Following” is fairly new and probably has some areas in need of fine-tuning. Hopefully, this latest driver should create a smoother frame-rate and provide a more consistent user-experience. Rather surprisingly, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition has gone under the radar, and perhaps this is down to its exclusivity clause on the Windows Store. Furthermore, there’s been a lot of news from Microsoft today regarding their new PC focus. Perhaps this has overawed the game’s release, which is a shame.

At the time of writing, there are some major problems with Gears of War: Ultimate Edition with AMD GPUs but this doesn’t seem to occur on NVIDIA cards with the latest driver installed. As a result, it’s important to download the 362.00 GameReady driver to ensure your PC doesn’t encounter any performance issues. I’m pleased to see NVIDIA release a driver fairly quickly especially when you consider the negative reports regarding performance with Far Cry Primal. In the next few days, we’re hoping to acquire a code for the game and publish an in-depth performance analysis.

Windows 7/8/8.1 64-bit users can download the latest driver from here while Windows 10 64-bit users need to download the driver from this link.

Gears Of War: Ultimate Edition Releases Without A Word

The Gears Of War franchise has been known as a game for Xbox users for years, with them enjoying releases of the second and third game while PC users were stuck enjoying the small amount of content they gained in the first game. Finally, the series returns with a bang on the PC, okay maybe not a bang but more like a silent whisper as the Ultimate Edition releases without a word from anybody.

If you are a fan of the series you’ll be able to enjoy the remaster of the original trilogy on PC as of today. Already released on the Microsoft Store for Windows 10 users you can enjoy the new game as long as your PC feels brave enough to face its requirements. Surprisingly, the last we heard about the games release was the specification for your systems and rumours about an early 2016 release date.

Perhaps a reason for the release’s rather silent release and low price mark at just £22.79 is the lack of recommendations from users who are reporting difficulty with the games and bad performance on every hardware configuration imaginable. Typically a split between your graphics card manufacturers, both AMD and Nvidia users are reporting issues with the game and a user running an R9 Fury suffering from a frame rate of fewer than 10 frames per second almost consistently.

Given the bad performance, it’s no surprise that it is a known problem to Microsoft that you can’t even download the game anymore and with recommendations to download it again “in a few days”. Given it’s their first DX12 game and made by Microsoft for what is now their franchise, the few days could be a stall to try patch up the problems people have encountered before another Arkham Knight scenario happens.

Gears of War Ultimate Edition PC System Requirements Revealed

Gears of War is one of Epic Games’ largest franchises, getting players to fight in a world with anything from a revolver or chainsaw to a satellite laser (yes, we liked that one too). After the franchise was sold to Microsoft though it became clear that the series was all but over, now it would seem that it only works if you are looking at a rather large computer thanks to the specs that were revealed by a windows 10 store page. The page is now offline but dsogaming were quick enough to capture the information before it was gone.

The specification for the Gears of War remake, Gears Of War: Ultimate edition are as followed:

Minimum System Requirements:

Processor: Intel Core i5 @ 2.7Ghz or AMD FX 6-core
Memory: 8GB RAM (2 GB VRAM)
Graphics: Geforce GTX 650 Ti or Radeon R7 260x
Hard Drive: 60GB available space

Recommended System Requirements for 1920x1080p

Processor: Intel Core i5 @ 3.5Ghz or AMD FX 8-core
Memory: 16GB RAM (4 GB VRAM)
Graphics: Geforce GTX 970 or Radeon R9 290X
Hard Drive: 60GB available space

Recommended System Requirements for 4k

Processor: Intel Core i7 @ 4Ghz or AMD FX 8-core
Memory: 8GB RAM (6+ GB VRAM)
Graphics: Geforce GTX 980 Ti or Radeon R9 390X
Hard Drive: SSD + 60GB available space

While it’s nice to see some variety in the specs, the first thing people might notice is that it goes all the way up to 4k. Why not though when the game also requires you to have Windows 10 (version 1511 minimum) and Direct X 12. Using their latest library Direct X has certainly appealed to a wide audience with its graphics, but with the recommended specs being on the upper end for modern releases, is your PC ready to run the game and save the world?

Cliff Bleszinski Optimistic About Gears of War 4

Gears of War was one of Microsoft’s biggest titles when the Xbox 360 was released. Featuring Co-op, multiplayer and modern graphics the game quickly became a flagship for the Xbox consoles, featuring not just one but two sequels carrying on a story that left people angry and in tears all at the same time. It’s no surprise then that Cliff Bleszinski, the creator of the franchise, has come out feeling rather happy with Gears of War 4.

The status posted on twitter, found below, makes it sound like he’s being kept in the loop regarding the series. Originally owned and created by Epic Games (the creator of the Unreal Tournament series and the Unreal Engine which Gears of War used), the franchise was purchased by Microsoft in 2014, with several games announced soon after.

https://twitter.com/therealcliffyb/status/690981133488672769?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

With such a popular series Microsoft has unleashed Gears of War Ultimate, a modern update and remake of the original featuring not just the storyline but features and weapons from the more recent games. There has been no word though on the PC version which has still yet to be released, displeasing some who were looking forward to the game, one which has been confirmed as not being a port from the console version.

With great series of games, it’s always nice to know when the original creators are interested and exciting about remakes and new approaches to the series. Will be interesting to see how Gears of War 4 measures up to expectations when it releases.

Killer Instinct And Gears of War Ultimate Coming to PC in Early 2016

Microsoft’s renewed focus on pleasing the core PC gaming audience has been rightfully met with a great deal of scepticism. This isn’t surprising given the horrendous impact of Microsoft’s Games for Windows Live DRM system which left customers in certain territories unable to legitimately purchase their favourite titles. Unfortunately, it still seems unlikely for major Xbox exclusives like Halo 5 and Forza 6 to suddenly arrive on the PC unless Microsoft alters their strategy. Nevertheless, there are a few exceptions including Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, Killer Instinct and Fable Legends.

Since the official announcement of Gears of War Ultimate Edition and Killer Instinct, there hasn’t been much information regarding release dates or the development process. This made some fans quite apprehensive and pondered if the projects could be cancelled. Thankfully, Xbox boss Phil Spencer has directly addressed these concerns on Twitter and predicted both games will launch in early 2016:

This is exciting news for PC players wanting to play leading Microsoft IPs at high resolutions and a smooth framerate. The Xbox One is lacking in graphical horsepower and provides a less than stellar user-experience. As a result, if you own a decent gaming PC, waiting for those versions is a cogent tactic. However, it’s still unclear if Microsoft will ever bring the likes to Halo to the platform.

Could Gears of War 4 be Coming to PC?

Gears of War is a no-nonsense co-op shooter which adopts an occult theme. The game’s chaotic action-packed gunplay and throwaway story is a superb combination and one of Microsoft’s most successful exclusives. While I use the term exclusive, the original Gears of War eventually came to PC and utilizes the horrific Games for Windows Live DRM. As a result, Gears of War is one of the most likely culprits to make its way to PC. The PC also received Halo 1 and Halo 2 but that was a long time ago. I honestly don’t think Microsoft has any interest in putting Halo or Forza on PC, unless console sales hit a dramatic low point.

Thankfully, the Gears of War remaster is scheduled to arrive on PC fairly soon, but there’s a lack of detail regarding the actual release date. Interestingly, during my hunt for some Black Friday bargains, I noticed a listing on UK retailer, GAME entitled, Gears 4. As you can see, the listing says the game is available for the Xbox One and PC. This could be a legitimate mistake, although it might be the first indication that the game will release on both systems and offer cross-platform play.

In most cases, when a retailer has a placeholder for an upcoming game, it’s usually accurate. I’d love this particular case to be true, and maybe the original remaster will come with a Gears of War 4 demo.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b43JfcIjO4c&feature=iv&src_vid=1-qwBBLPBJI&annotation_id=annotation_2890462105

Gears of War Ultimate Gets Glorious Graphics Features on PC!

It’s no secret that PC gaming is often more graphically impressive than its console counter parts, the hardware, your own budget permitting, can be a lot more powerful, so that’s hardly a surprise. So what can PC gamers expect to enjoy when the game hits our screens?

The game is one of the first AAA DX12 games to hit the market, so it’ll take advantage of the new API to bring better framerates, rendering technologies and effects, as well as Async Compute, which already makes me want to play it more than anything. On top of that, you can enjoy the games unlocked frame rate, so those of you running 144hz monitors will be able to reap the full rewards of your displays technology.The developer even said they’re putting a lot of effort into this version of the game, ensuring it’s a showcase for 4K, so those of you with high resolution displays will, again, be able to fully enjoy that aspect.

So we’ve got improved frame rates, a new API taking control to bring us better CPU and GPU performance, as well as better rendering, we’ve got upgraded 4K assets to make it look awesome, as well as support for MSAA and FXAA.

Here’s a quick run down of what you can expect. Excited?

  • Remastered for Dolby 7.1 Surround
  • New Xbox Live achievements (1,250 Gamerscore)
  • Concept art gallery and unlockable comics
  • Modernized Multiplayer featuring:
  • Dedicated servers
  • Skill-based matchmaking
  • New game types – Team Deathmatch, King of the Hill (Gears of War 3 style), and new 2v2 Gnasher Execution
  • Total of 19 maps, including all DLC maps
  • 17 unlockable Gears of War 3 characters for Multiplayer progression
  • More Match customization including Actives, Respawn Time, Self-revive and Weapon Respawn
  • Modernized gameplay with smoother movement and updated controls:
  • Alternate Controls and all new Tournament Controls
  • Adding the Gears of War 3 features you love: Enemy Spotting, Multiplayer Tac-Com, Improved sensitivity customization

Thank you WCCFTech for providing us with this information.

Epic Games Forums Taken Down After Hack

There is no shortage of victims in hacking cases these days, it seems like it’s the hobby of the generation or something. The latest victim is Epic Games who had their forums hacked and as a consequence they have temporarily taken the forums down and disabled them until the situation has been dealt with.

A round of mass emails went out this morning informing signed up users about the security breach and effects there off. It is still unclear how much information the hacker made off with, but the hack might have resulted in access to your usernames, passwords, email addresses, and date of birth that you provided when you signed up.

“We have just discovered that the Epic Games forums located at forums.epicgames.com were compromised by a hacker. We are sorry to report that the incident may have resulted in unauthorized access to your username, email address, password, and the date of birth you provided at registration.”

Epic Games is strongly suggesting that you change your password on any other site that might use the same combination as on Epic Games forums. One should never use the same password and user combination more than one place, but we also all know that a lot of people do it for convenience.

The affected forum site covers UDK, Infinity Blade, Gears of War, Bulletstorm, and prior Unreal Tournament games. However, the separate forum sites covering Unreal Engine 4, Fortnite, and the new Unreal Tournament were unaffected.

Gears Of War: Ultimate Edition For PC Is Not a Port!

During the San Diego Comic Con panel held for the Gears Of War: Ultimate Edition, the Coalition Studio Head Rod Fergusson talked in more detail about the main differences between the PC version and the Xbox One version. After reiterating that the PC version will support a 4K resolution, with the addition of DirectX 12, including unlocked framerates and all the windows 10 features ranging from Xbox live, GameDVR and screenshots. The 2007 release was a port from Xbox 360, this new version is not a port of the Xbox One release.

This PC version is not a port. It’s enhanced greatly, and all the content is ”authored at a much higher rate”. There are even 4K textures all the way through the environment there were restrictions the team had when developing for the Xbox One, but once the team got around to working on the PC version they could take off those restrictions and bump up the game extremely and unlocked it fully giving the game a super crisp look.

Recently the team tested the game at 4K on a 70” TV and it was ”mindblowing” according to Ferguson, at $39.99 it’s a great deal to go back and get ready for Gears Of War 4.

It looks like Gears Of War ultimate Edition is going to look very über in terms of graphic fidelity and will take great advantage of current PC hardware.

Are you looking forward to experience Gears of War on the PC?

Thank you Dualshockers for providing us with this information

Gears Everywhere! Gears Remastered & Gears 4 Announced!

Gears of War has been a gold mine for Microsoft, with a series of games followed by a range of merchandise, including a board game. Initially owned by Epic Games, the creators of the Unreal engine, Microsoft purchased Gears of War from them earlier this year.  Recently it has been rumoured that Microsoft are looking to relaunch the franchise with a series of HD remastered games, although they have been very careful not to release the details and to silence those who are responsible for leaking them.

This silence has now been broken. Gears Of War: Ultimate edition will bring not only the original game to the Xbox One but also visual upgrades and gameplay features from their latest Gears of Wars games. The Ultimate edition will also feature five campaign chapters that were never released on the Xbox.

In a slightly more shocking twist Gears of War 4 was also announced, with an initial date set somewhere in 2016. Find below the E3 gameplay demo shown for Gears of War 4.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-qwBBLPBJI

With so many Gears of War games coming out its looking more and more like a continuation of the series is coming. Something I am more than happy to look forward to.

Thank you ArsTechnica, Microsoft for the information.

Image courtesy of OnlySP.

Next Gears of War Will be Xbox One Exclusive

It seems the next Gears of War game won’t be coming to Xbox 360. Jack Felling, developer with the game’s maker Black Tusk Studios, has confirmed on Twitter that the new Gears of War will be an Xbox One exclusive:

Though the game was pretty sure to be next-gen only, plenty of developers over the last year have later opted to release for previous consoles, like Alien Isolation, Forza Horizon 2, and the forthcoming Lara Croft sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider.

Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, raved about the in-development game back in December, saying that the Black Tusk team were making “massive progress”. A trailer for the new Gears of War game is expected at E3 in June.

Source: VG24/7

Next Gears of War Game Will Stay True to Its Roots

Ok I’ll admit, I have never played a Gears of War game and I don’t really want to, just isn’t my thing but according to friends, it’s not that bad, not great but not bad. Anyway, Rod Fergusson, a producer at Black Tusk studios, has said the next game in the series will stay true to the essence of the series.

Fergusson said this in a recent interview with Polygon:

“With Black Tusk, we have to show that we have a legitimate claim to this IP and be able to show we know how to do it right before we do it differently,” “There are some things that even though people try to copy us, we don’t think they’ve nailed. I think the cover system, there’s a feel to a Gears of War game that I’ve yet to find in another game where it feels the same. Whether it’s the fluidity, the weight, the heaviness to the characters, the way that it feels like to be in cover, the roadie run character, those sorts of things.”

He didn’t give any clues as to where and when the game might take place but he did mention that there are gaps in the timelines of previous games in the series, so maybe it’ll be set in between games, who knows.

“There’s lots of stuff, backstory from the E Day, Pendulum Wars all the way to Gears 3, there’s a lot of room in there,” he said. “But I don’t know if that’s the place to go. I think there are lots of other places to go as well.”

Thanks to Gamespot for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Gamespot.