Gears of War 4 Dev Celebrated "Going Gold" in Most Gears-y Way Possible

Gears of War 4 is almost here.

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Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that Gears of War 4 had "gone gold," meaning initial development on the Xbox One and PC shooter was finished. Developer The Coalition celebrated the important milestone with a big party that involved cake and champagne--and also a Lancer replica.

As you can see in the images shared by Microsoft on Twitter, The Coalition boss Rod Fergusson cut into the celebratory cake with a replica of the franchise's trademark chainsaw-equipped weapon. Another picture shows the team raising a toast, with Fergusson in the middle, holding what looks like the first copy of Gears of War 4.

Xbox boss Phil Spencer and even Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella celebrated the going gold milestone. Gears of War 4 is the first brand-new entry in the shooter series made by Microsoft following its acquisition of the franchise from Epic Games in 2014 for an undisclosed sum.

Microsoft is going all-out for Gears of War 4, it seems, as it paid to air the game's launch trailer on Monday Night Football this week, while the company will release a 2 TB special-edition Gears of War 4 console. There is even talk about a Gears of War movie.

Gears of War 4 launches on October 11 for Xbox One and PC, though you can pay extra to play early. The title is part of the Xbox Play Anywhere program, so you can buy it digitally on Xbox One and get a free copy of the PC edition or vice versa.

GameSpot recently played a portion of Gears of War 4's campaign. You can find out what we thought in this new feature, "Gears of War 4's Campaign Mixes Guns and Gore With Storytelling and Atmosphere."

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