You can watch the Gears of War 4 20-minute prologue right here, right now

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Gears of War 4 takes place several years after the events of Gears 3, kicking off an all-new saga. A new threat named the Swarm has emerged and threatens to finish off the remnants of humanity for good.

Gears of War 4 launches on October 11th, 2016 as an Xbox Play Anywhere title, meaning that a single purchase of the game will net you a copy on both Xbox One and Windows 10.

Spoilers below, obviously!

Additionally, those who play Gears of War 4 between now and December will also net all of the previous Xbox 360 games on backward compatibility for Xbox One.

Gears of War 4 is shaping up to be an explosive addition to the franchise, which remains one of Xbox's biggest and most prevalent. Between Forza Horizon 3, Gears of War 4 and the recently released Xbox One S, Microsoft's Christmas offering for gamers is looking extremely strong.

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  • Can people seriously not wait and play this themselves. I know no one can wait to watch a soap, they want to know all the plot lines weeks in advance, but now we're doing this with games too. I'm seriously getting worried about the amount of hype there is around this game now, massive hype normally means weak game, I really hope this is the game to break that idiom.
  • I know the feeling. I haven't watched the vid either heh.
  • It's Gears Of War. There is always hype. Can't wait for it. Gonna be epic.
  • I think it's gonna be the coalition.
  • That was EPIC!!!!!
  • 420 eh.. i dont smoke but i will watch it.
  • Xbox One is on fire. This looks absolutely amazing.
  • This is on a One S with HDR. I want to see non-HDR gameplay.