For the past view weeks, day by day, The Coalition have announced many distinguishing features of their new installment to Gears Of War franchise, and just recently they’ve also announced their official release date for Gears Of War 4 which is set to hit shelves October 11th later this year. In addition to the exhilaration, The Coalition have also unveiled their first official “Tomorrow” trailer that would shed some slight on those who have been waiting oh-so patiently for a trailer since the announcing of Gears 4 back in June, at E3 last year. The trailer gives off a similar type of ominous style that the original Gears Of War “Mad World” trailer once had back in 2006, as it felt gloomy with that pinch of fear that had you dragged in the past. [The Nightmare Reborn] is an indication that the set theme is once again going back to something Personal, dark, and mysterious.
In a interview with Gamespot, producer, and studio head Rod Fergusson hinted that the game’s story will deal with morality with more subtlety and ambiguity than in past games. He stated that players’ expectations for narratives have changed greatly. “Back in the day, people expected stories to be black and white, there’s good and bad,” he said. “Today, people want a lot of grey, a lot of moral ambiguity, things that are open to interpretation about what’s right and wrong.”
Now if you’re aware of the news about the new playable characters that have been announced, then you don’t need me to remind you, but you haven’t already heard, allow me to bring you up to speed. Gears Of War 4 is looking to change things up in the series a bit. One of the biggest changes is that this will be the first Gears game where you’re not playing as at least one of Delta squad’s lovable meatheads. Instead, a new generation of Gears is rising up to the task.
As sad as it may seem to have a new Gears installment knowing that our beloved Delta squad members will no longer be the face of the series as well as the grub killing, cold blooded bad ass Marcus Fenix. One thing that this for sure about Gears 4 is that there is a new generation Fenix taking on the spotlight.
If you couldn’t already tell by his name, JD is the son of Marcus Fenix, the protagonist of the original Gears Of War trilogy. The Coalition described JD to us as “an idealist who wants to live his life with purpose.” He ran away from home when he was young and joined up with the new COG (Coalition of Ordered Governments). He did well enough to reach the rank of lieutenant. By the time Gears of War 4 starts, he’s gone AWOL with his squadmate and best friend, Del after an “incident” and is living among a village of Outsiders on Sera. JD’s a bit goofy and in the demos we saw he had a lighter disposition than his father. We asked The Coalition about his relationship with his father and the identity of JD’s mother, but they kept their lips sealed. He has blond hair though, Gears fans, so feel free to speculate.
JD is voiced by Liam McIntyre, who played the lead role in the later seasons of Spartacus and Weather Wizard on The Flash.
Delmont “Del” Walker
Del is JD’s best friend and became a Gear alongside him, also going AWOL after the unspecified incident that caused JD to leave. During our demos, Del and JD would share amusing banter as they blasted enemies to bloody pieces. During a co-op campaign, Del will be a selectable character for Player 2.
Del is played by Eugene Byrd, who’s appeared on Bones and Arrow and voiced Marcus “Boomer” Boone in Battlefield Hardlinen.
Unlike JD and Del, Kait did not run away from home. She’s been an Outsider all her life and has extensive knowledge about how to live off the land. She’s a headstrong survivalist who has a strong connection to JD in spite of her mother Reyna’s disapproval. During Gears of War 4, Reyna and the rest of Kait’s village is abducted by the Swarm, leaving Kait, JD, and Del to pursue them. During a co-op campaign, Kait will be a selectable character for the second player.
Kait is voiced by Laura Bailey, who has brought to life a large number of characters in video games and animated shows over the years. These roles include Spartan Olympia Vale in Halo 5: Guardians, The Boss in Saints Row III and Saints Row IV, Fiona in Tales From The Borderlands, and Jaina Proudmoore in World of Warcraft.
Oscar Diaz is Kait’s uncle and Reyna’s brother-in-law. He’s a boisterous, opinionated warrior who loves wine and women and resents both JD and Del for their smugness and the fact that they abandoned the COG. He often calls them “runaways” for walking away from their duty as Gears. Our three heroes recruit Oscar to help them find the villagers the Swarm has taken, but he’s kidnapped shortly after by a mysterious creature, leaving JD, Del, and Kait to fend for themselves.
The Coalition did not reveal Oscar’s voice actor.
Reyna is Kait’s mother and the leader of the Outsider village. She’s a fierce warrior who took over her husband’s role as leader after he died, and she relies on Oscar to train and protect the villagers. She allowed JD and Del to stay on at the village after they warned her of a COG retaliation to the Outsider’s raids on COG bases. Along with the majority of villagers, she’s kidnapped by the Swarm early on in the game, and it’s up to our heroes to find her.
The Coalition did not reveal Reyna’s voice actor.
Last but not least, The Coalition have been working on a new program just for the fans as a to give back to their fans for their passion and commitment to the franchise. As of April 13th, The Coalition have unveiled their new program The Coalition Army which is a new way for them to support their creative community. Whether you’re streaming a video to the audience of you playing Gears, bring the world of Gears to life through cosplay or you express your passion for Gears via fan art, your work will be recognized all through out the gears of war community, not to mention you’ll even get direct messages of news and updates of what is happening in the community. For more information about The Coalition Army click here.
Be sure to be there when the open beta releases April 25th, and don’t forget to mark your calendars for when Gears Of War 4 hits stores October 11th.
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