Some of Gears of War 4 for the Xbox One has been showcased for a select few people to see, and the progress being made on the game so far has been called “mind blowing”. There have been no further descriptions on exactly what makes it mind blowing, but we'll find out soon when the beta goes live.
Gamespot picked up tweets from The Coalition producer, Rod Fergusson, and Xbox marketing executive Aaron Greenberg, after Dualshockers did a story about the tweets. Fergusson basically said that they showed Gears of War 4 to Greenberg and Greenberg acknowledged that his mind was blown away after playing the game. You can check out the tweets below.
Those little snippets of what we can expect from Gears of War 4 likely does nothing for skeptics who may not have been very impressed with what was showcased during E3 last year. The main issue was that we didn't really see anything we haven't already seen before, and the general design just looked like more of the same that we've already seen many times before from the Gears of War franchise.
In fact, while the enemy types may have been different, everything else just seemed like it could be DLC for Gears of War 3 or maybe a flashback sequence from the original Gears of War.
Much like Halo, the Gears of War franchise is no longer in the hands of the original team that designed the first trilogy. Both series started off under Bungie and Epic Games, respectively. Cliff Bleszinski headed up development on the first three games, which were lauded as some of the best games during the seventh generation of home console gaming, and Gears of War 2 will still likely go down as one of the best, and most all-around solid third-person shooters ever made.
People Can Fly worked on the less-than-stellar version of Gears of War: Judgment, which did not go over quite so well with most gamers and was one of the slower selling games in the series compared to the previous outings. Some gamers worry that if The Coalition doesn't hammer out a very solid outing for Gears of War 4, we could be looking at another Gears of War: Judgment.
With the original creators no longer involved in the series, there is that worry that the franchise may end up heading in a direction that may lessen its appeal, similar to what happened with Halo 4 and Halo 5, where 343 Industries tried heading into uncharted territory that Bungie didn't tap, but ended up angering fans and costing themselves quite a bit of sales in the process. While most major gaming media websites don't talk about Halo 5's sales other than the official PR line Microsoft has issued, many on YouTube actually broke down the numbers compared to previous Halo outings, such as the very thorough look at the sales numbers by Halo Follower, to give a more complete picture.
The real question is if The Coalition is looking at some of these trends affecting other big Xbox properties and trying to avoid that with Gears of War 4, will they be able to look into how to push the franchise forward with new and innovative features without losing its audience? When the beta goes live later this year we'll likely find out. Those who purchased and played Gears of War Ultimate Edition on Xbox One before March 1st, 2016 will be keyed into participating in the beta later this year.