Gears of War 4 Release Date Moves to Fall 2016

Plus, Microsoft says 45 percent of Ultimate Edition players are new to Gears of War.

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During a livestream broadcast today, representatives for Microsoft confirmed that Gears of War 4 may launch a little sooner than expected.

The company announced that the Xbox One game is now slated to launch in fall 2016 (via NeoGAF). Previously, the action game--which was officially announced at E3 last summer--was slated for "holiday 2016."

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You may not have to wait until fall 2016 to play, however, as the Gears of War 4 beta is scheduled to arrive this spring. The more than 1 million people who bought Gears of War Ultimate Edition get to play first.

Also during the livestream, it was revealed that 45 percent of Ultimate Edition players are new to the Gears of War franchise. This would theoretically bode well for Gears of War 4. But note that Ultimate Edition was included with the Xbox One Black Friday bundle, which Microsoft continues to sell.

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For more on the Gears of War franchise, you can read our interview with producer Rod Fergusson about Ultimate Edition, Gears of War 4, and the future of the Gears of War series. Keep an eye on GameSpot for more news about Gears of War 4 in the coming months.

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MaxBlaze

45% of people are getting their first impression of Gears from the worst-playing game in the series. On top of that it's being pushed as an e-sport when Gears 3 should've been. FeelsBadMan

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OBSIDIAN_BORN

I think a "Warzone" type of multiplayer game mode would suit Gears so friggin' well!

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adriangrey11

@obsidian_born: yeah ... that would be madness.

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pchan_

if GOW UE is the testing ground for GOW 4, then they should aim higher. Lot of bugs, clippping textures, poping polygons and incorrect lighting makes me love to replay GOW3D....

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kvally

@pchan_: You just have got a special version from the rest of us. No issues like that here.

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pchan_

@kvally: not to mention the update issue that I posted in the support forum and was never answered... (http://forums.xbox.com/xbox_support/xbox_one_support/f/4270/t/2104364.aspx) Im a big fan of the series but this things are disappointing

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pchan_

@kvally: in the first chapter, fifth act, i killed all enemies then i got stuck because Kim never opened the door he supposed to... restarting was the only solution. i dunno you but with a 50" TV i can tell its graphically disappointing..

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kvally

@pchan_: 65 inches here, and graphically amazing for previous gen. When through all the acts, no problems like most people on Xbox One.

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jhhbrook

I can believe that 45% - so many noobs online now

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knyght1008

Gears is one of my favorite trilogy for the Xbox and I got the remake for the X1, but I've come so attached to Marcus Fenix and the original casts that I don't know if i can get into a new Gears series with new characters. I have no idea what the 4th one is about though so I'll be keeping my eyes on it.

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rarerichz

WHERE IS PC GEARS OF WAR ULTIMATE???

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jomac3db1

First time something been moved up instead of pushed back

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davidsworld3

I doubt it will be as good as the first 3 games so not really caring so much, not considering how awful judgement was.

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FreeRyu

@davidsworld3: Judgement was a hot garbage unfortunately. Use to be one of those huge game series where you can say all the games were really good. Then Judgement came out ._.

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Jag-T1000

At this point we don't have dates for nothing! The next game is quantum break and that's until April. Damn I'm worried. They are gonna shove 4 exclusives titles until fall just like last year again?

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Fandango_Letho

Considering we've seen/heard nothing about this game since E3, this won't release this year. Especially not with how poor the reception of their gameplay demo was. I still believe the final product will be awesome, but this certainly did not help their cause.

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Shantmaster_K

Ugh, I wish these damn games would spread out a bit.

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PenKowalski

You know GS is getting lazy when they continue using NeoGaf as a damn source.

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dominoodle

@penkowalski: NeoGaf users gets all the scoops and posts them for free, and then gaming sites just copy and paste to make money. Cha-ching.

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OrochiPunisher

Gears UE is the most played game on my XB1. If Quantum Break is a bust the only thing I am looking forward to is Gears 4 since Scalebound got delayed.

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dominoodle

@orochipunisher: How about the new Crackdown? Fable Legends?

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davidsworld3

@dominoodle: both look like mediocre games just like the rest of their older games were. Fable 1 was the only good game out of the bunch and it had plenty of content taken out.

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OrochiPunisher

@dominoodle: Never was a fan of Crackdown and Fable died for me with 2. I'm more of a Sony guy anyway. I only really like Gears and Halo. Not so much Halo anymore.

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dominoodle

@orochipunisher: I remember really enjoying the first Crackdown but i didn't even know of the second one until years later. I'm curious about this new one but so many games have taken what Crackdown did and expanded on them that i have no idea what a new Crackdown would even be.

I have pretty much the same feelings about Fable. The direction they've taken the franchise is a real shame.

I pretty much only own my Xbox One for Halo at this point. I played the crap out of Gears 1 back in the day, split-screen, system link, and on Xbox Live. But i never even touched Gears 2, 3 or Judgement. Now that i have them on BC i guess i should play them.

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davidsworld3

@orochipunisher: Gears died for me after judgement and halo died after Reach which is still played by more than 20k people everyday now compare that to halo 4 and 5...both combine cant touch reach.

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OrochiPunisher

@davidsworld3: Well Judgement was different. I spent countless hours on Gears 3. Gears UE is a breath of fresh air. But trying to go back from dedicated servers and 30FPS sucks. Gears 4 should be sick though.

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DaVillain-

I honestly don't know if GS is getting lazy or what, but this was already known that Gears 4 would see it's release in 2016 from what I saw at E3 2015.

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davidsworld3

@celeritasgamer1: The only child here is you.

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ThatPjYouKnow21

@celeritasgamer1: You're such a little bitch.

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silentrambo

@celeritasgamer1: Dude, maybe finish a cup of coffee in the morning "before" commenting on posts

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DaVillain-

@celeritasgamer1: I didn't need all that salt now lol.

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eli150

can't wait for this game to be available on PC... been waiting for a sequel to the franchise

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koko-goal

@eli150: Sadly, this will never happen. PC gamers are still waiting for Halo 3 (2007) and Gears 2 (2008).

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DaVillain-

@eli150: Source on PC version?

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MrFreehuggs

@davillain-: In Sam Lake's interview with Game Informer, he says that he would like to bring it to PC.. not much, but there's hope.

http://www.gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2015/11/04/100-questions-and-answers-with-quantum-breaks-sam-lake.aspx

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eli150

@MrFreehuggs: i think there is a possibility for more xbox one games on PC. Gears especially since the release of gears 1 ultimate

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sladakrobot

@eli150: Is this coming for pcs?

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Otterbee

@sladakrobot: Isn't it essentially available on PC (Win 10) using the Xbox One streaming feature? Or, is backward compatibility not available for Win 10 streaming? I honestly don't know.

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DaVillain-

@sladakrobot: Only Gears of War and Gears of War: Ultimate Edition are on PC. There is no Gears 2,3 or Judgement PC versions. While MS hasn't said anything about Gears 4 on PC, I don't expect a PC version anyway.

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sladakrobot

Oh look...the release of a game moved forward...its so good to live in the age where that happens lol

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dominoodle

@sladakrobot: They moved it forward just to delay it back to the original release :P

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LouiXIII

2 games get delayed and 1 game get's pushed up...

Any more surprises before February get's here?

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StylesT

I never really liked gears of war I borrowed the first one of a mate and thought it was okay but nothing special, and I recently tried the 3rd on bc and gosh the game looks ugly.. alot worse than I remember the first looking and the game play felt worse as well...... but I defo have my eye on this and will rent it.

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sladakrobot

@stylest: If you didnt like GoW3(its the best GoW) there is a low chance you will like GoW4

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rosinmonkekyx17

Brace yourselves for the Noob Invasion

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Halflight87

Don't release this game without allowing players to look over both shoulders.. thank u..

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XCrimsonxSynX

@halflight87: The blind spot was intentional in the design.