Were you expecting to grind out the new Gears of War game when it finally releases later this year with three of your close friends? Well, you're gonna have to only pick one of them sadly. In recent news surrounding the highly anticipated title, The Coalition has decided to do away with four player co-op and is scaling back to just two. Player One by default will be JD Fenix, while the second player will be able to choose between two different characters, Kait and Del. According to Game Informer, "The three characters remain together for most of the game, at times they might get split up, and the story has subtle differences depending on whether player two is Kait or Dell". While not having four players in your game could be a bummer, it could also turn out to be a rather good thing as far as the story goes.
Details regarding the game's storyline have also been released in this edition of Game Informer. We now know that Gears of War 4 takes place on Sera, just twenty-five years after Gears of War 3. The most interesting part about this, however, is that the actual in-game story will take place in just twenty-four hours. Compared to other Gears of War games, this is a first. Game Informer also revealed that the Imulsion weapon that was set off at the end of GoW 3 did successfully kill off all of the Locusts, but it somehow managed to knock out some fossil fuels as well. The amount of people left on Sera when GoW 4 takes place is a few hundred thousand, which forces the supergroup known as the COG to gather everyone up and push them behind some in-walled structures for their own safety. Of course, not everyone is happy with this, and with this, comes rebels. These rebels will become known as The Outsiders. Producer Rod Fergusson had this to say about The Outsiders and COG's role(s) in Gears of War 4:
"There's this notion that the COG is like an overprotective parent trying to preserve life and ensure people's safety. The Outsiders are a group of people who are purposefully stepping outside the COG and breaking free because they think life isn't worth living unless it's lived free...As we were conceptualizing The Outsiders, we initially started with the hippie movement, but then we realized we wanted them to have an edge and we started thinking of them more like this 1970s motorcycle gang."
Not only did we get the details of the story, we now also know who will be playing who in the story as far as voice actors go. JD Fenix will be played by Liam McIntyre, who is best known for playing the lead in the TV show Spartacus. He also made a guest appearance on the hit TV show The Flash. Next is Kait Diaz, who will be played by a very familiar voice. Laura Bailey, who starred as Kid Trunks in Dragon Ball Z, as well as Spartan Olympia Vale in Halo 5: Guardians. Last but not least we have Delmont "Del" Walker, who is played by the voice of Marcus "Boomer" Boon from Battlefield Hardline, Eugene Byrd. If you haven't yet, go check out the latest edition of Game Informer for all the details revealed the latest issue. Not only does it include even more information about Gears of War 4, including guns, new enemies that you can splatter with your guns, and a possible new weather system, but it also features a kick-*** cover that many of you will enjoy.
The most recent GoW game to release was Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, which was essentially a remake of the first one, but with better graphics and some added in bonus content that wasn't seen in the original release. Since the original, over 22 million copies of Gears of War have been bought, making it one of the most popular co-op video games of all time. Gears of War 4 is due out later this year exclusively for Xbox One, although a release date has not been officially announced. Gears 4 also has a beta on the way, currently set for Spring of this year.
What are your thoughts on this new batch of information? For me personally, not having my four best friends in a game grinding like we used to in the Campaign will be a bit of a let-down, but it doesn't mean I'm not going to pick up this game at all. It still looks like it will probably be one of the best video game releases of 2016. Let me hear your thoughts in the comments below!