Gears of War 4 is just three weeks from launch on the Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs. Microsoft and The Coalition released the official launch trailer for the third-person shooter Monday and, if you care about not having the campaign story spoiled, you may want to skip it for now.
Those that don’t care about spoilers can watch on freely and without worry. You can, in fact, start speculating whether certain things that happen during the Gears of War 4 trailer portend the death of major franchise characters along with how much a certain excitable character may actually appear in the game. Speaking of which, where is what’s his name?
The Coalition jumps the series’ universe forward by 25 years with Gears of War 4. The new entry takes place over one night as the official description teases.
“25 years ago, Marcus Fenix and Delta Squad made Sera safe for tomorrow’s generation. His son JD has lived with that peace, until now. A new threat called the Swarm has emerged and now JD, along with his friends Del and Kait, must fight together and survive the night.”
Marcus Fenix returns as a playable character in Gears of War 4, though JD is the primary for players. Co-op players will be able to choose Del, Kait, Marcus, or potentially other guest characters in the four-man squad.
It’s unclear how much Old Man Marcus will appear in Gears of War 4, but he obviously has a huge role to play as JD’s father. The younger Fenix and Del have abandoned the COG government for reasons not yet known and somehow end up in Kait’s village that is run outside the influence of COG. JD and Del run to Marcus for help after Kait’s village is attacked and her mother abducted, but also end up with the COG on their tail, and must not only face the Swarm, but the robotic DeeBees as well.