If you asked us when we thought the next Gears of War game was going to drop, we would have bet that it would coming on the next-generation Xbox console. That isn’t going to be happening though, as a new Gears of War game has just been announced and it will be coming to the Xbox 360.
E3 2012 hasn’t officially started yet, but announcements are flying in everywhere prior to the event and gaming fans over the world must be loving it. We thought Castlevania: Lords of Shadows 2 was a pretty big pre-E3 announcement, but a new Gears of War game announced before Microsoft’s keynote surely takes that mantle away from Konami.
Details are very sparse at the moment as you can imagine, but the game will definitely be getting a full reveal at E3. The next Gears of War game will also be featured on the next issue of Game Informer and you can check out a taster of that cover in the image above.
What can we expect to see from Marcus Fenix and the boys this time around? There’s a lot of speculation that this game could be the start of a new three-part prequel that takes place before the events of the original Gears of War game. If that is the case then again it would have been a perfect fit as an Xbox ’720′ launch title, but Microsoft obviously feels that the Xbox 360 still has plenty of juice left in the tank for one more new Gears game.
Another big talking about has to be about the Unreal Engine 4 as well. Will this new Gears of War game be using the Unreal Engine 4 on the Xbox 360, or are Epic Games saving it until Microsoft releases their next console? It will be amazing if the new game does support the new engine, although having seen some of the examples of graphics quality so far from the Unreal Engine 4 – perhaps the Xbox 360 won’t be able to handle it. That’s why this new game on current gen comes as a bit of a shock to us, as you would have thought that Gears of War 4 combined with the Unreal Engine 4, on a next Xbox console would be a perfect launch game for Microsoft to sell millions of units.
What are your expectations from Gears of War 4 if that is to be the next game? Would you prefer to see a continuation from Gears of War 3, or do you like the idea of a prequel spin-off title instead to take the game in a completely different direction? Do you think the Unreal Engine 4 will be ready for this new Gears game or not?