The Gears of War 4 trailer proves there are no happy endings in gaming
If you played the Gears of War series from start to finish, you know <spoilers> the good guys won. Everyone act surprised.
The surviving remnants of the Earth-like Sera managed to stop the Locus and Lambent forces in a costly, final strike. There was much rejoicing – and apparently much baby making.
Things seemed to work out for the human-ish people (although the characters in the Gears universe appear human, they are so damn big you can make an argument they aren’t actually human). Even a fourth game didn’t mess with the finale, instead telling a prequel spinoff. Alas, it was not meant to be.
Even though characters received a well-earned happy ending, the franchise is too important and valuable to let lie. It is one of the best Microsoft exclusives in a library that is facing dwindling exclusives. So naturally, the happy ending couldn’t last forever.
Gears of War 4 takes place 25 years after the events of Gears of War 3, and focuses on JD Fenix, the son of Marcus. The aftermath of the war sent humanity(ish) back centuries in some ways, but helped them advance in others, leaving a unique society.
To protect the remaining, devastated population, walled cities under COG control rule over citizens in an authoritarian fashion. Some survivors though, including the Fenix clan, are “Outsiders,” people that live in the dangerous – but free – wild lands. When a new threat appears, these outsiders find themselves on the frontlines of a new war.
A new multiplayer beta is also on the way. Those that played Gears of War: Ultimate Edition will receive a bonus:
Beginning on April 18, fans who’ve played “Gears of War: Ultimate Edition” on Xbox One or Windows 10 will begin to receive tokens in waves for early access to the beta. Following the conclusion of early access on April 24, all qualifying Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One will be invited to join the beta until it ends on May 1 (additional details here).
Unsurprisingly, Gears of War 4 will be an Xbox One exclusive when it arrives on October 11, 2016. Check out the trailer below, titled “Tomorrow,” for a look at the series’ return.