It's been five years since the last entry in the Gears of War series, and fans of the franchise are eagerly looking forward to the release of Gears of War 4 next month. Those who preorder the Ultimate Edition of the game can even play the game four days before its October 11th release date.
If that's still too long to wait for a taste of Gears of War 4, the Xbox YouTube channel has your back. A video was posted featuring a playthrough of the first 20 minutes of gameplay, letting fans see the prologue to get them back in the Gears mood before release.
The prologue for Gears of War 4 serves two purposes: It acts as a tutorial stage for those who are new to the franchise (or who haven't played a Gears game in a while), and it serves to recap some of the major events and lore of the previous three games. It drops players right into the action while doing so, giving them a taste of the massive battles in the Gears of War universe and making sure that long-time fans don't get bored during a recap of the story they already know.
The prologue playthrough isn't all that's planned to get fans ready for Gears of War 4, either. A streaming event called Gears of War 4: Live is planned for October 5 starting at 3pm Pacific (6pm Eastern/5pm Central). The stream will be broadcast on the Xbox One and Xbox 360 platforms as well as on Xbox.com, YouTube, Twitch, Facebook and Beam. It will feature interviews with the creators, special features, exclusive gameplay footage and other reveals. There will also be 90 digital keys for the Gears of War 4: Ultimate Edition given away during the livestream. You can find out more details at Microsoft's Xbox Wire blog.
It's interesting to see how focused the story of the prologue is on the world being at peace; while it obviously won't last (especially if the prologue that was shown has any additional footage that wasn't included in the video), the obvious foreshadowing makes one think that things are going to go south in a major way with a new invasion or other catastrophe. Given how much work went into the prologue and its battles, whatever event starts off the game's conflict should be fittingly epic.
Of course, some fans may not enjoy having the details of the prologue spoiled in advance of the game's release; they'd prefer to go into the game blind, enjoying the events of the prologue with fresh eyes. Playing through the prologue will likely be a bit different from watching it, at least in part because the players won't be part of the development team and already know the game inside and out. If you're torn on whether to watch, you're free to hold off until the game is actually in your hands. If you're curious, though, the prologue playthrough is definitely a treat.
Gears of War 4 is scheduled for release on October 11, 2016 on the Xbox One and PC. Owners of the Gears of War 4: Ultimate Edition will get to play the game on October 7th.