GDC '08: Gears of War 2 rolls out in November

[UPDATE] Sequel to Epic Games' high-octane third-person shooter gunning down the Xbox 360 for the holidays; first trailer inside!

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The fact that Epic Games is at work on a sequel to 2006's massive Xbox 360 hit Gears of War is one of the industry's worst-kept secrets. Aside from being a logical business move--Gears has sold 4.5 million copies globally across the Xbox 360 and PC to date--Epic has been less than opaque about its intentions, even as far back as last year's Game Developers Conference when lead designer Clifford Bleszinski (aka Cliffy B) said that his company "intends to do a sequel."

The question, then, has been when would Microsoft and Epic finally get around to making the announcement. True to rampant speculation, that reveal came today during Microsoft's keynote speech at the 2008 Game Developers Conference

After Epic founder Tim Sweeney and president Mike Capps left the stage with no mention of the shooter midway through Microsoft's presentation, the lights dimmed to close out the keynote...and a trailer for Gears of War 2 played. Cliffy B then stormed the stage, chainsaw rifle in hand, revealing the game would officially light up Microsoft's console exclusively this November.

No PC version of the game was mentioned, though Epic released an enhanced PC port of the sci-fi third-person shooter a year after its console counterpart.

Discussion

666 comments
bustap949
bustap949

i wish this were for ps3. Oh well I am just going to buy a 360 for it. :-)

willywilbo
willywilbo

I cant wait till november. This game will kick ass, I hope it's as good as the first one.

riddick8
riddick8

this going to be a bad ass game can't wait to play this and dead space

sonicmask
sonicmask

if it wasnt for socom i would be on this day in and day out!... im scared this seems to have the halo series effect!

bakerforlife
bakerforlife

i cant wait for this game its gunna be so crazy this is going to be like the only game im gunna play!!!

XoXGamer4lyfXoX
XoXGamer4lyfXoX

gears of war 2 is gonna whoop ass i gotta say marcus is a badass man lol i mean how man ppl do u no can stare down the corpser into a lava pit i would be scared crapless and jump into the lava lmaoo if u like a game where u can jst straight up own ppl and curb stomp there face off gears of war is the game for u......cant wait till november its gonna be the **** man

HardAsARock
HardAsARock

in november im gonna buy gears of war and gears of war 2 ive heard its an awsome game im getting ready for the ultimate gaming experience

SMS203914
SMS203914

damn i loved the first game but i dont have a 360 guess ill just play resistance 2 on my ps3 and go to my friends house and play there gears and be better than them at it

Dc_Cd_
Dc_Cd_

three words.....BEST.......GAME........EVER!!!!!!!!!!!! the first one was amazing but the multiplayer almost always ended a shotgun war.

merp300
merp300

for the gw101 who asked why all game characters are right-handed, it's because the bullet casings come out of the right-hand side of most guns, and you don't want hot brass flying into your face. also the cocking handle on some weapons will hit you in the teeth if you fire it left-handed as your face is on that side

riddick8
riddick8

this game is going to be freaking awsome its going to be 10 times better then halo wars

Kenji_Masamune
Kenji_Masamune

wonder if the PC port will take as long as the first one did (about a year). WASD + mouse > mongoloid controller

snakes3425
snakes3425

November can't come fast enough, GoW 1 was a good game, hopefully they improve on what made Gears 1 so popular, and add some new features.

Akth8r
Akth8r

Microsoft and epic games Plz make our dreams come and put 4 - player split screen co-op in Campaign mode

The_ripster88
The_ripster88

hope the 2nd one's better. 1st one was ok but didnt live up to the hype if u ask me.. kinda left u thinking wtf is going on from when u started the game n had a rather dul ending... plz improve this game

Mega-Tom
Mega-Tom

PC version for me I think if I can be bothered to spend my hard earned cash on another GoW title, so boring.

mercer38
mercer38

I can't wait 4 this game! i'm so gonna pre-order it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

KA12NAG3
KA12NAG3

cant wait. I already pre ordered it.

gww101
gww101

mikeguerrios Why blame gears? ever game on the market is like that.

MikeGuerrios
MikeGuerrios

why is everyone in gears (from the COG to the locust) all right handed? I find it impossible for there to be no left handed locusts

jackolero
jackolero

twistedkid77 -"For the love of God make Host Advantage Optional!" no not optional .. just take it off completely, it would be better if they wud just make a server...no more waiting in the ranked lobbies....lol

liltigger
liltigger

Wow you can now use an enemy as shield and shoot... Seem the same as what they did in The Punisher, and I didnt liked it at all =( Hope they will think careful about it with GOW2 how they will put that system it in the game.

censedmedal
censedmedal

First off the graphics are better.If you cant tell 1 thier not done yet and try to focus around marcus when he aims everything goes into the blur which is a nice touch and just the pure maddness going on screen and the graphics arnmt hindering it at all(meaning lag).But yes this game will take over the xbox live when this comes out no cod4 or halo 3 will match to this.I hope they come out with more game mods.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

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thenephariouson
thenephariouson

I love the 'Gritty' graphics of the first GOW and am quite glad EPIC hav'nt gone all HALO on us!

olisaoli
olisaoli

Can't wait man! GOW 2 is going to take over xbox live for 2008! I love GOW!

mikekcook
mikekcook

"Huge" is an understatement, this game is gonna be COLOSSAL! That was by far the most beautiful f@#ing massacre I have ever seen!!

jandogg
jandogg

Gears was a great game... Gears 2 should deliver... But does anyone agree the there is minimal graphic change?

Gameboy2k
Gameboy2k

I just saw the Demo, BigMac. God Damn. Damn Damn. Damn

BigMace23
BigMace23

This game looks like its gonna be really good..... watch the gameplay movie 1

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

OMG!! check out the new 'In-Game' of GOW2 its incredible!!! New weapons, you can use locusts as shields... Fantasic!! Im still shaking.....

twistedkid77
twistedkid77

For the love of God make Host Advantage Optional!

Cookie2-0
Cookie2-0

this is right up there on my must buy list, though I am still confident far cry 2 will be the best fps of the year

xyt30
xyt30

YES finally they anounced the sequal to gears and I hope its worth it. Given the awsomeness of the first gears the second should be great.

drknessfeeds
drknessfeeds

Hands down best shooter I have ever played, sorry Halo. Gears stole my heart just hope this time around you can roadie run and tackle someone and pistol whip the hell outta them, ha. Can't wait.

ShadowBass88
ShadowBass88

me either man, Its killing me to wait for it......(*silence*)

H3Omar
H3Omar

Gears of War was awesome. still awesome. but i cant wait to Gears of War 2. OMG!

Gygoracdesius
Gygoracdesius

Cool..,GoW rocks simply too much! Who loves it not?

thrillyum
thrillyum

one time, someone said that ps3 was better. and i got really pissed because i thought 360 was better. needless to say i said a lot of really nerdy things and now i look like an idiot.

oscarking1
oscarking1

Check out my gears of war montage. just type "Master oz1" on youtube

KooerThnYu
KooerThnYu

I smell a reserved copy with my name on it fo sho TFrieden0928 i'm with you Multiplayer didn't last long for me but I loved the story but then again maybe some advancements and new stages will get me right back into the online play I can't wait

lfg18
lfg18

GOW rocks it's my favorite shooter, if general RAAM was tough I wonder how that queen would be. Cannot wait to have it!!!

-Intellectual-
-Intellectual-

100 locust march on-screen in real-time using flocking technology. Impressive.

TFrieden0928
TFrieden0928

im not too into gears, the multiplayer isnt my thing, but the single player is sure to get a look.

zHELLDOG
zHELLDOG

i agree with tipipipity about the what the first levels gonna be like.