Gears of War has been changing ever since its inception, and yet Gears of War 4's E3 2015 debut this year felt quite familiar somehow.
It turns out that was on purpose, if you ask The Coalition's Rod Fergusson, who spoke to IGN recently about the upcoming game's teaser trailer, which was shown during the Microsoft portion of the show. It featured a story that looked very much like a return to form for Gears of War and its fans, and in essence, something darker and much different than the games have seen in past years.
"We always thought of it as a tease. People expected a flash of logo and a Marcus poem, and we wanted to overshoot that. Why not do a tease that speaks to the mood and the tone of the game?"
Fergusson explained to IGN the thought process behind the teaser trailer, which makes a lot of sense if you go back and think about it. The team is going for scarier tactics than before, back to ensuring players feel a sense of dread as they make their way through the game, as they find themselves engrossed within a world that's a lot more terrifying than they thought originally.
"We’re going back to something personal, intimate, dark, and mysterious, being afraid of the boogeyman," Fergusson explained. He went on to dissect Gears of War 3, which was, by all intents and purposes, a war game as the title describes. He went on to paint an engaging picture, describing how the Locust slowly became an enemy that just wasn't scary anymore, with Wretches becoming more of an annoyance than a monster you want to turn tail and run from. Personally, I never found Gears of War terrifying in any way, only terrifyingly frustrating during multiplayer when people abused the Lancer kills, but that was just me.
The new characters, which we'll be seeing more of in the latest Gears of War (the fourth one, of course) are much different characters than the familiar Marcus Fenix and his veterans, and there are "greater innovations" in store for the franchise as a whole. It'll also feature co-op mode in an attempt to rekindle what made Gears of War so unique in the first place, with two people sharing the experience of one game together.
It'll be interesting to see if all this truly comes to fruition, but for now you can get your Gears on by hitting up the Gears of War: Ultimate Edition to go back to basics, releasing later this month with three free games. Time to go kick some Tickers.