Gears of War 4 detailed in Game Informer
posted on 03.08.16 at 04:24 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Set 25 years after Gears of War 3.

Gears of War 4

The April 2016 issue of Game Informer has a 14-page cover story on Microsoft’s Gears of War 4, which delves into the history of new developer The Coalition, the state of the world of Sera after Gears of War 3, and offers a hands-on report with new weapons and cover mechanics.

Gears of War 4 is set 25 years after the events of Gears of War 3. The Emulsion weapon set off at the end of Gears of War 3 killed off all fossil fuels, and humanity has become an endangered species huddled in walled cities and seeking shelter from devastating windstorms—the result of the bomb and intense war aftermath—that radically change the field of battle. These windstorms are called “windflares,” and are described as a combination of hurricane and tornado.

The game features four categories of weather. There’s the heavy breeze where trees, leave, dust, and such begin kicking up, and that grows into three, more violent category windstorms that affect combat and weapon usage, where the main goal is to survive, dodge lighting strikes, and such. The Coalition wants you to think of the wind when fighting—putting wind behind you could help projectiles travel, for example, but fighting against the wind could send bullets back at you. Enemies are also affected by the weather.

The setting, including its forest, forts, and such, is heavily inspired by northern Italy. There are “Outsider” camps outside the Coalition of Ordered Governments.

Gears of War 4 aims to bring back the first game’s darker, horror-themed roots. Game Informer introduces three playable characters:

  • JD Fenix (protagonist) – Marcus Fenix’s son. He joined the COG militia, and a classified incident caused him to unintentionally abandon his post.
  • Del – JD Fenix and Del befriended each other and form a deep bond during boarding school.
  • Kait – An “Outsider” and capable survivalist, who shares the Outsider perspective with Jand Del.

The story of Gears of War 4 begins when their Outsider village is invaded by a mysterious new force, and their people kidnapped. JD, Del, and Kait go searching in the forest, wondering why they were the only ones spared.

The new enemy of Gears of War 4 is known as “The Swarm.” After the war ended, there were too many Locust to bury, so many were tossed into mass graves—something JD, Del, and Kait believe may be linked to the threat. The first mission sees the trio in the forest, discovering giant cocoon-like pods, from which almost human-looking pale monstrous creatures called “Juvies” erupt. Juvies, seemingly the main enemy type, can evolve into “Drones” and are capable of using weapons.

The Coalition is also experimenting with new enemies, like the “Pouncer” shown during the E3 2015 gameplay demo. The Pouncer switches tactics based on the player. For example, running out in the open will cause it to shoot poisonous quills, while staying in cover will cause it to come after you.

There are new weapons, like “construction-based” tools re-purposed for combat. The Coalition also wanted to revamp the cover system, and now players can more easily mantle kick over any piece of cover and perform knife kills. You can also perform short distance shoulder charges to knock enemies off balance. Enemies can pull players out of cover and perform their own take-downs. The game uses dynamic cover, so you can shoot enemy pods from ceilings in an otherwise open area, for example.

There is a big emphasis on multiplayer. The Coalition says it wants to meet the needs of both recreational and eSports players, and acknowledges the love for Horde Mode and promises fans won’t be disappointed. Two-player couch co-op will also return.

For much more on Gears of War 4, pick up the April 2016 issue of Game Informer.

Thanks, Game Informer and shinobi602.

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  • donkey3

    I knew Marcus was straight!!

    • SprintsMcGee

      Wait, there were doubts?

      • donkey3

        Homies over hoes

    • The Silent Hours

      You obviously haven’t seen the Arnold Schwarzenegger film Junior.

  • DarthBrian

    “There is a big emphasis on multiplayer.”

    Pass.

    • Joe murphy

      I feel ya on that. Its unfortunat it seems most ‘shooters’ today all seem to devoid a Decent single player anymore. Even though I feel atleast GoW 1 and 2 ( only played 3 for a couple hours) were successful because of their single player experience.

      • donkey3

        Gears 2 multiplayer was garbage. The game was garbage :p.

        • Eric Taylor

          Never go full retard

          • donkey3

            Talking to yourself, Stinkmeaner?

            • Eric Taylor

              Nah the ass clown over there

              • donkey3

                You’re just mad cuz your ass is old and blind. Too blind that you can’t tell what’s good! Now go back to the depth of hell.

                • Eric Taylor

                  That’s funny. Exactly what I told your mom after that failed blowjob

                  • donkey3

                    Lol. What’s wrong with you? I’ve no interest in your filthy fantasies :^/ Eric Taylor stays in his mommy’s basement XD

                    • Eric Taylor

                      Nah I just like to call out bullshitty trolling remarks. Like what you said for example XD

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      Dood, it’s Gears. There’s been a big emphasis on multiplayer since Gears 1.

  • Animal Gray

    I love that they are exploring the after effects of a world altering weapon like the emulsion bomb, those storms sound horrifying! Shakes up the Gears formula a bit too. I could see myself getting an Xbone for this and Crackdown 3.

  • Richard Miller

    No thanks.

  • UMR-10

    Might be cool.

  • YamRyu

    If there’s one thing I love about Gears of War it’s the fact they improved a lot with each game. Gears 1 to Gears 2 can be argued if it was really made “better” though Gears 3 still has the best gameplay out of any shooter series I’ve played. Judgement is just garbage so stay away from that.

    As for the premise of the story… It seems like bullshit they thought up just to have a reason to make a new game, as long as it’s improved even further from Gears 3 I can’t complain.

    • donkey3

      Hopefully it won’t another Halo 4.

      • Articuno76

        Personally I loved Halo 4. Though I say that as a single-player only person who enjoyed the excellent pacing and (for once) relatable human (okay, human/AI) drama.

        Master Chief wasn’t just the player avatar in Halo 4. For the first time, he was an actual character.

        • donkey3

          343 pulled the story out of their ass and it was bad. Halo Reach was the last good Halo.

        • Jose Coronado

          I myself disliked the story for Halo 4, was disappointed by it.
          I only play halo for the story, don’t care much for the multiplayer, since i only played halo 4 1 time. That was my couch co-op playthrough we got to the end and were just disappointed didn’t even feel like repassing it in legendary mode.
          Also Couch co-op campaign is the reason i love the halo series, finding out its not in halo 5 has seriously annoyed me considering i was looking forward to playing the game with my cousin who bought the xbox one to play halo with us again.
          P.S. i don’t own a xbox one was just going to go to his house and play the campaign with him. Fun fact he bought it also to couch co-op and hasn’t actually played the game after finding out it doesn’t have it lol.

  • The Fabulous Wombat

    Gears was pretty cool back when it was fairly new concept (cover shooters and all), but now i’ve played a shit ton of games that are basically same damn game…..And they also keep making a ton of em too…..Damn you GoW for starting the trend, probably the least enjoyable genre for me right now.

  • smd

    > Two-player couch co-op will also return.
    Nice
    Just like the first time we played
    It’s like many people here have never played Gears

  • passthegrenadeplease

    Hopefully we see a nice launch trailer close to the game’s release, the last three are melancholy but are really well done.

  • OtakuAko

    Gears Of War is one of the few games in the Xbox system that
    I never got to experience (the other one being Alan Wake). This being a Microsoft-developed (The Coalition is subsidiary of Microsoft Studios) and published game, will never the light of day on other platforms (except the PC I guess).

    Kinda sucks owning a different system eh?

  • Uncle Stoopnixie

    Gears of War edgy as fuck haircut edition.

    Glad they’re not forgeting the couch co-op, i’ll never play this game but i remember having a really good time with the first two playing co-op with a friend of mine.

  • DavidCage

    Gear of War 5,you played as JD Fenix son xD

  • D.3ND

    Gears of War remind of the edgy 90’s saturday morning cartoons I used to back then.

  • captainhowdy

    Not feeling the new characters at all. They don’t look like they belong in “Gears”

  • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

    “Two-player couch co-op will also return.” Yes!!! This is enough reason for me to save for an XB1. I had some really fun times playing couch co-op with my friend for Gears 1-3.

  • Jai

    Sounds good, I like that they’re doing something different and not simply rehashing Gears 1-3 in a shameless display of cashing in on the name.

    I also like how the destruction of imulsion at the end of Gears 3 wasn’t just some convenient means of defeating the Locust, and that it’s caused irreparable damage to the planet’s weather and ecosystem.

    And playing as ex-Cog ‘new Stranded’ – a nice touch.

    Of course, these inspired changes will be hated by hardcore ‘fanzzz’ who will declare the Coalition are ‘ruining’ Gears of War by daring to reinvigorate it with some new energy and giving it some depth, but hey, can’t please evereyone…