The Coalition have added some new features to the upcoming Gears of War 4, including the vault kick and the new yanking feature, where players can yank an opponent from out of cover if they're attempting to camp behind a location. These new features are highlighted in the new trailer for the game.
Game Informer did a brief write-up about the latest trailer, where the new cover-compromising features like the Yank and Vault Kick are put on display along with some of the new weapons and maps.
The Yank maneuver allows players to literally yank an opponent from out of cover. Players will have a limited window of opportunity to then execute an instant melee kill by stabbing an opponent through the face after they yank them out of cover. Opponents will have a small window of opportunity to defend against the Yank maneuver.
While it seems like a good way to kill campers, it's a move that requires players to get in close. So you'll have to be good enough to dodge sniper shots and close range shotgun blasts to pull off the Yank in Gears of War 4. The same applies to the new Vault Kick, which sees players vaulting over cover to kick an opponent in the face. Just like with the Yank, there's a small window of opportunity for players to perform a melee kill after using the Vault Kick, assuming that the opponent doesn't recover and pull of counter-kill.
The Vault Kick and Yank are just two of the many new features peppered throughout the upcoming release of Gears of War 4. The trailer also highlights the new maps that players will be able to experience and the new weapons in which they can use to execute some gory kills, such as the Dropshot and Buzzkill.
The Dropshot shoots in a horizontal fashion and then stops and does a vertical drop on an opponent. If the vertical drop lands on an opponent's head... well, they lose their head.
The Buzzkill is the one weapon we've seen quite a few times during the promotional posters for Gears of War 4. Oftentimes we see one of the new characters, Del, carrying the Buzzkill in the background. I was very curious what this weapon would be like, and we finally get to see it in action in the trailer above. Essentially it can be used to ricochet razor sharp saw-blades off walls and slice and dice opponents into mince meat. It looks like a very, very dangerous weapon.
The closed multiplayer beta for Gears of War 4 is currently taking place, with a lot of Xbox One owners play-testing the game with the limited test. The Coalition have been handing out keys and optimizing the beta as they head towards the open beta, which takes place on April 25th and will run for five days up until May 1st. Any subscriber currently signed up with Xbox Live Gold will be eligible to participate in the multiplayer beta starting April 25th, next week.
Gears of War 4 is due for release exclusively on the Xbox One starting this fall on October 11.