Loads of New Footage, Screens and Windows 10 Crossplay News for Gears of War 4

By Kelly Packard, 4 months ago
Rod Fergusson looked proud as he stood on stage at Microsoft's E3 conference today. On the menu was another Gears of War 4 trailer as well as gameplay from the campaign. Also announced was cross-integration with Windows 10 as well as a special edition controller. Let's get right into it.

As we already knew, the campaign centers around JD Fenix and his friends, Kait and Del, as they narrowly escape an encounter with a new enemy: the Swarm. To recap some of the features, it will include split-screen and online co-op, the return of Horde mode (yes, it's confirmed!) and 60 FPS multiplayer. The game utilizes the technology of Unreal Engine 4.

Here are the new screenshots released shortly after E3. I've also singled out one I thought some of you might be interested in.

Hey, this guy looks familiar.Hey, this guy looks familiar.

Here's the full reel of the E3 footage, including campaign gameplay and a new trailer. Here we get to see a better look at some of the brutal weapons we've seen teasers of, such as the Buzzkill. You might even see an old friend if you watch until the end.

Fergusson also announced Gears of War 4 would be one of the first games supported as an Xbox Play Anywhere title. What this means is purchasing a copy of Gears of War 4 gives players a license for both the Xbox One and Windows 10 version at no extra cost. Xbox Play Anywhere supports cross-saves between Xbox One and Windows 10, so whether you're sitting at your PC or lounging on your couch, you'll have access to all your data. All co-op modes will also be cross-play: campaign, Horde and versus co-op (playing with a human team versus bots) were all given as examples. It looks like Xbox players don't need to worry about facing mouse and keyboard opponents in competitive modes, as those were not mentioned for cross-play.

There's also been a lot of talk about whether or not there will be a Gears of War 4 console as there was for Gears of War 3. Nothing has been announced yet, but a special edition Gears of War Elite Xbox One controller was showcased. It's the typical Gears color scheme and it looks like it's survived an encounter with the Swarm, judging by the scratch marks across the middle.

This is quite a bit of Gears of War information and should keep fans occupied for now, but only for awhile, as there's nothing quite as insatiable as a horde of Gears of War fans hungry for more content. Gears of War 4 is still scheduled for a worldwide launch on October 11th.
Kelly Packard
Written by Kelly Packard
College student, longtime gamer, writer and Sour Patch Watermelon enthusiast.