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New Gears of War 4 Story Details Revealed



If you thought the E3 Gears of War 4 reveal was a bit light on the action, that was by design according to the Coalition’s Rod Fergusson, who said in an interview with IGN that the trailer was meant as a “tease” to play with people’s expectations. Fergusson said that he wanted the next game in the long-running franchise to invoke something a bit darker, more intriguing…and maybe a little scary.

The Coalition is taking over the Gears series starting with this entry after Microsoft acquired the franchise from Epic Games last year.

“We’re going back to something personal, intimate, dark, and mysterious, being afraid of the boogeyman,” Fergusson told IGN this week. He hopes in this way that the series will move away from the grand war with the Locust depicted in Gears of War 3 and towards something more like the original, “that sense of mystery, things going bump in the night.”

The story also features younger, less battle-hardened protagonists in JD and Kait. Fergusson says that this allows the characters to be more impacted by the story as they are more impressionable than, say, Marcus Fenix would be. He also hinted at a lot more moral ambiguity to be coming in the Gears 4 story, saying that gamers’ expectations have changed from expecting stories to be black and white to wanting some gray peppered in, “things that are open to interpretation about what’s right and wrong.”

Fergusson said that along with the more intimate, personal story, the Coalition hopes to go back to what made things unique for the Gears series rather than just an emulation of other shooters.

“Rather than follow those games, I’d rather lead by being true to what makes Gears Gears,” he said. “That’s why we’re going back to co-op, the two of you sharing that experience.”

Gears of War 4 is expected during the 2016 holiday season. Beta access (expected to start next spring) is being included for those who preorder the upcoming Gears of War: Ultimate Edition.

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Report: Game of Thrones Creator Collaborating With FromSoftware



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The writer of A Song of Ice and Fire, the book series behind the popular television show Game of Thrones, has reportedly been consulting on a FromSoftware title.

In a blog post on his official website, George R. R. Martin stated that he has “consulted on a video game out of Japan.”

Gematsu has reported that a contact familiar with FromSoftware—the Japanese development studio known for Dark SoulsBloodborne, and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice—has shared that Martin is working with the studio on a project known internally as “GR.”

According to Gematsu‘s contact, the project, which has been in development for three years, is an open-world game and will feature horse riding. The player will be able to visit several kingdoms and obtain abilities by killing their leaders. Hidetaka Miyazaki, director of some of FromSoftware’s most acclaimed titles, is reportedly working on the game.

Gematsu reports that the title will be officially announced at Microsoft’s E3 press conference later this year.

YouTube channel Spawn Wave reported in March about a rumour regarding a potential collaboration between Martin and FromSoftware, so this recent report gives even more validity to the speculation. However, without any official word, the news should be taken with a grain of salt.

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