Gears of War 4, the 4th main installment in the Gears of War franchise(not including Judgement) is arriving exclusively to the Xbox One on October 11 of 2016 and is expected to be this year’s best selling Xbox One game. The Gears of War series has always been a staple in the Xbox lineup, selling lots of copies across the entire franchise. As we all know, the Xbox One hasn’t sold as well as the PS4, and according to new information the console has sold only sold 18 million units while Sony’s PS4 has sold 36 million units. However, Gears of War 4 could be the big push that Microsoft needs to catch up to Sony.
So far all we’ve seen for Gears of War 4 is a small demo that was presented at E3 2015 and a new 1 minute trailer released 2 weeks ago. I have a feeling we will be seeing lots of gameplay at this years E3 to convince people to buy the game. However for people to buy the game, Microsoft needs to deliver a product that has no microtransactions, runs at 60FPS and at 1080p, and has a great story like 1-Judgement does.If Microsoft were however to include the infamous microtransactions, they would need to be smaller than what we’ve seen in Halo 5: Guardians and only be things like skins, nothing too major that will change how the game performs. As a matter of fact in the past we’ve seen microtransactions in Gears of War: Judgement and it was just weapon and player skins. Also there needs to be lots of advertising but needs to be true to what the game is and not be like Halo 5’s HuntTheTruth campaign that mislead lots of people into expecting a story that wasn’t at all delivered. I think that last year’s line up, the supposed “Greatest Lineup in Xbox History” under delivered and was hyped too much and hopefully Microsoft won’t do the same to this year’s lineup. Don’t get me wrong though, Halo 5: Guardians, Forza Motorsport: 6, and Rise of the Tomb Raider were not bad games, they just had flaws when it came to presentation.
Gears of War 4 does however feature a new set of characters including Marcus Fenix’s own son, which I think was smart on The Coalition’s end by not milking the same characters we’ve seen in the previous entries. This gives the players and fanbase new relationships to form and a new story to see unfold. But will this be enough for people to wanna pick up the game? I think so, as I have faith that The Coalition will be the company to do Gears just as well as Epic did. From what we’ve seen so far things look very promising. I love how they did the trailer that was released, as it was a nice little throwback to the original Gears of War trailer.
If Gears of War 4 sells as much as 2013’s Gears of War: Judgement which sold only 1.59 million units worldwide compared to Gears of War 3‘s staggering 6.23 units worldwide, then the franchise and the Xbox One will both be doomed. However, if Gears of War 4 does as well or better than Gears of War 3 then it will be the jump that Microsoft needs to catch up in the console market. If Microsoft were to bring the game to Windows 10, it in the longrun help the Gears franchise but hurt the Xbox market and continue the downfall of Xbox while benefitting the rise of PC gaming.
In my opinion, Gears of War 4 is Microsoft’s last chance at making the Xbox One, the best place to play video games. Do you guys think Gears of War 4 will deliver or under deliver? Let us know in the comments down below.