Gears of War 4 is one of the Xbox One’s most hyped up titles for 2016, and rightly so. It’s a superb series filled with popcorn action-movie set pieces, great characters and lots of shouting. And chainsaws. We love the chainsaws. Gears 4 takes the series forward as the Locust War has ended, and a new threat looms. There are also pre-order bonuses, obviously.
New and current Gears of War 4 pre-order customers will receive three unique characters.
- “Tomorrow Anya” is named after her famous words following the end of the Locust War (“Tomorrow Marcus. We finally have a tomorrow.”) Her appearance is based on her look in the Gears of War 4 television commercial, “Tomorrow,” where she was introduced as the mother of JD Fenix.
- “Old Man Marcus” features an older Marcus Fenix as unveiled in the E3 2016 media briefing demo. Twenty-five years after the Locust War, Marcus and the COG have long since parted ways. His facial hair has grown long and his COG regulation kit has been replaced with by civilian clothes.
- “Zombie Dom” proves there’s no keeping a good solider down, at least in the form of this character skin created as tribute to Marcus’ dearly departed best friend Dominic Santiago.
The Elite Gear pack also includes the Gold Wave Lancer and Gold Wave Gnasher — updated versions of the gold weapon skins awarded to the series’ most-dedicated day one players.
[SPOILERS] I’m not really sure how I feel about the zombie Dom inclusion. His death in Gears of War 3 was significant, but I would rather see him in his established form, either in his Gears 1 or Gears 3 attire. What’s with the zombies?!
Lastly, anyone who pre-orders Gears of War 4 will also receive all previous Gears of War titles on Xbox 360, which work on Xbox One thanks to backwards compatibility.
Gears of War 4 will be available on October 11th, 2016.