Earlier in the week, we had the Battleborn beta, and yesterday saw the start of the DOOM beta. On Monday, thousands of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition owners will swarm into Gears of War 4's lengthy multiplayer beta.
Gears of War 4 is the first in the series to be developed in-house, following Microsoft's purchase of the franchise from Epic Games. To reward owners of last year's Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, those who logged in and played the game by April 10th activated eligibility to join the multiplayer beta, scheduled to begin on April 18th and conclude on May 1st.
If you're like me and aren't too familiar with Gears of War's brand of tactical and visceral cover-based shooting, this video might be of interest.
In the video, Prince Arrington of The Coalition lists eight sections of basic combat tips for Gears of War 4, detailing some of the franchise's staple mechanics and new improvements, against a backdrop of deadly weapons and bloody combat executions.
Gears of War's multiplayer combat is less about twitch skills and more about smart use of cover, controlling the spawn points of power weapons, and mastering some of the game's advanced skills like wall bouncing. The description does state that the video is part of a series, so expect future instalments to cover some of the more nuanced skills in depth later on.
If you're eligible for the beta test, you'll receive a key for the game in your Xbox Live messages over the course of the next few days. The keys will ship chronologically, starting with those who played Gears of War: Ultimate Edition the earliest.
Gears of War 4 promises to take the series back to its gritty basics, complete with horror leanings in an all-new saga, some 25 years after the events of Gears of War 3. The war with the Locust has brought humanity to its knees, and those that remain fight over the planet's dwindling resources. Among the chaos, a new enemy emerges, threatening to finish off humanity for good. Its up to J.D. Fenix and his friends to stop it.
Gears of War 4 launches on October 11th, 2016 for Xbox One.
Jez Corden is a Senior Editor for Windows Central, focusing primarily on all things Xbox and gaming. Jez is known for breaking exclusive news and analysis as relates to the Microsoft ecosystem while being powered by caffeine. Follow on Twitter @JezCorden and listen to his Xbox Two podcast, all about, you guessed it, Xbox!
Absolutely can not wait!!!!
Was. This looks like Gears back in its heyday , plus he awesome stuff. Life the yank and cover kick moves
The graphics are amazing
They look better but far from amazing, hopefully when they make Xbox 1.5 we can get up to date ones. That being said looks like a fun game, looking forward to it.
It says in the press notes that the visuals are still in development, just so you know! 6 months til launch.
Look! its the shadowgun deadzone hahahaah
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