What the First Gears of War 4 Trailer Tells Us About Its Gameplay
Gears of War 4 characters

The first Gears of War 4 trailer is here, and Marcus Fenix has gone full on Stardew Valley on us. Clips of a happier life with Marcus Fenix planting trees as his family looks on are mixed with his son, JD, being chased through a forest.

Be honest. How many of you would pay for a farmer Marcus Fenix multiplayer skin?

The teaser trailer is short, but it does hint at gameplay mechanics. GameInformer’s March cover story of Gears of War 4 pretty much confirms these too.

At 0:26, we see JD shoulder charge through a smoldering tree. The GameInformer story mentioned how you can perform a short distance shoulder charge to knock enemies off balance. It looks like you can also barrel your way through weakened obstacles as well.

Gears of War 4 shoulder charge

The second half of the trailer shows the emphasis The Coalition is placing on weather. Wind, in particular. At 0:38, you can see strong winds push a tree down. Soon after, JD jumps over it and enters cover behind it. Are we seeing dynamic cover? Sure looks like it.

Gears of War 4 wind

We’ve seen wind in gameplay before at last year’s E3 conference.

But, I believe this is the first time we’ve seen any indication of wind changing cover on this small of a scale.

GameInformer’s Gears of War 4 hub has a ton of information about how The Coalition is approaching the latest Gears game and the new mechanics they are introducing.

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