The Xbox One holiday lineup begins to take shape with Gears of War 4 nabbing the October launch window. On October 11th, you will set foot in “the beginning of an epic new saga.” Gears of War 4 brings new characters and new threats but keeps the familiar gameplay that has kept Gears fans coming back since 2006.

Gears of War 4 developer, The Coalition, says we “can expect a familiar, yet distinct evolution of gameplay.” Details on this “evolution” have been slim, but we do know in your face action that made Gears of War so much fun is here to stay.

Gears of War 4 characters

I can’t talk about Gears of War without mentioning multiplayer, and there is good news on that front. Starting April 18th, those of you who have played Gears of War: Ultimate Edition can jump right into the Gears of War 4 beta. Everyone else can grab a Gnasher and curb stomp your friends on April 25th. The beta will wrap up on May 1st.

PAX East is also later this month, and The Coalition will be there. Interested in understanding what went into developing Gears of War 4’s multiplayer? The Coalition will hold a panel diving deeper into the ins and outs of multiplayer.

Out of the Shadows: Inside Gears of War Multiplayer with The Coalition starts Sunday, April 24th at 10:30 am in the Albatross Theater. If you’d rather learn more about multiplayer in your pajamas, The Coalition will also livestream the panel on the Gears of War Twitch channel.

I know I’ll be tuning in. I want to see how The Coalition balances keeping multiplayer familiar while also evolving and taking chances. Is the focus still going to be shotgun-based, fast paced action? Or, is The Coalition going to try and change it up a bit? I can’t wait to see what they do.

Xbox One holiday lineup takes shape

With Gears of War 4’s official release date announced, we’re starting to see what Xbox One’s holiday lineup is going to look like. Gears of War 4 has October locked up. Which begs the question, what’s coming in November? The most obvious choice is Halo Wars 2.

Crackdown 3 is a possibility. The multiplayer portion of the game is set for a summer release. No word on when the story portion is coming.

The next Forza Motorsport is another option. It hasn’t been announced yet, but Microsoft plans to reveal it at E3.

The more I think about it, the more I like Forza for the November release window. The franchise is a known quantity and will sell regardless of what it goes up against it. Halo Wars could nab the September window and stand mostly uncontested. At least, it wouldn’t be going up against Call of Duty, Battlefield and the other heavy hitters that usually late October/November home.

But hey, that’s just what I think. Microsoft probably knows more about when the best time to release a game is. Then again, they did put Rise of the Tomb Raider against Fallout 4.

What Xbox One game do you think is the best fit for a November release date?

When I’m not playing Rocket League (best game ever), you can find me writing about all things games, space and more. You can reach me at alex@newsledge.com

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