Gears of War: Judgment

XB360 / Action / Release: Mar 19, 2013 / ESRB: RP-M+

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Gears of War: Judgment aiming for a lighter, more 'fun' tone

Gears of War: Judgment aiming for a lighter, more 'fun' tone

The Gears of War franchise isn't known for being lighthearted. However, the upcoming Gears of War Judgment attempts to lighten the mood by focusing on the wise-cracking Baird in the lead role.

"There are some truly dark moments, as there should be in a game about monsters exploding," Epic Games writer Rob Auten told Shacknews. "But ultimately we did try to go for a tone that was fun, and you want to hang out with these characters in the sense that they're fun to listen to interact with each other. All my favorite moments of Gears are the ones that had a little bit of lightness to the horror."

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Making new Gears of War 'refreshing' after departure of former Epic leads

Making new Gears of War 'refreshing' after departure of former Epic leads

Gears of War: Judgment is a "first" for the franchise in many ways. It is the first prequel, and the first game in the series to come from Epic subsidiary People Can Fly. It's also the first game to release after the high-profile departures of many key Epic employees--an opportunity to change things up for the franchise.

"It feels to me like [People Can Fly] brought fresh blood, fresh perspective, and progressive evolution," producer Alan Van Slyke told us. "They're familiar with the Gears franchise but they're fresh to Judgment."

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Interview: How People Can Fly is shaking up Gears of War's multiplayer

Interview: How People Can Fly is shaking up Gears of War's multiplayer

Gears of War: Judgment's multiplayer owes quite a bit to the recent acquisition of Polish developer People Can Fly. Epic Games and PCF are partnering on the game, and the new blood paved the way for OverRun, the standout mode of the new game.

Read more: 'They initially set up OverRun' »

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Gears of War: Judgment preview: back to the beginning

Gears of War: Judgment preview: back to the beginning

The Gears of War series drew to its logical conclusion in its third installment, which made the announcement of Gears of War: Judgment a bit of a surprise. The cynic in me wondered if Epic and the newly acquired developer People Can Fly were using it as a stop-gap, developing yet another game in a familiar franchise in the waning days of the console that birthed it. But that consideration seems to be the last thing on the developers' minds, instead crafting a new title that iterates and expands on the series as much as one would expect from a Gears 4.

Read more: New enemies, weapons, and modes »

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Gears of War: Judgment multiplayer preview: fulfilling requests

Gears of War: Judgment multiplayer preview: fulfilling requests

The Gears of War series owes a lot of its longevity to its multiplayer community, which stays active enough to earn its sometimes comically labor-intensive Achievements. So it's no wonder that the team at Epic has learned to listen to its most devoted players. Gears of War: Judgment is introducing two new multiplayer modes that not only tie directly back to the community, but that freshen up the formula in some major ways.

Read more: OverRun and Free-for-All hands-on »

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2012 VGA trailers you may have missed

2012 VGA trailers you may have missed

The VGAs unveiled some interesting tidbits on Friday, from a release date for The Last of Us to the announcement of Dark Souls 2 to the unveiling of a suspiciously Metal-Gear-Solid-5 looking title called The Phantom Pain. There were also plenty of new trailers and here they are in case you missed them.

Watch: Tomb Raider, Gears of War Judgment, and more »

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Gears of War: Judgment pre-orders begin with 'Hammerburst' bonus

Gears of War: Judgment pre-orders begin with 'Hammerburst' bonus

Gears of War: Judgment isn't due out until next spring, but you can already plunk down some money for it. In exchange, you'll get an in-game goodie: the Classic Hammerburst for use in multiplayer upon the game's launch.

Read more: Retailer-exclusive skins coming »

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Gears of War movie still being shopped to studios

Gears of War movie still being shopped to studios

It's been years since we've heard much about the Gears of War film adaptation. We last heard an update in 2010, when the movie was said to be scaled back from its original, more ambitious scope. That seemed to put it on a downward trajectory, and given the silence about it we had assumed it was lost in limbo. But apparently the latest script is still being shopped around to studios.

Read more: Collateral scribe pens new script »

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Gears of War: Judgment to feature free-for-all multiplayer

Gears of War: Judgment to feature free-for-all multiplayer

The Gears of War series is known for a few things: beefy pock-marked character models, strained emotional cutscenes, and rich team-based multiplayer. But at least one of those factors is getting a shake-up with Gears of War: Judgment, the first game in the series helmed by newly-acquired developer People Can Fly. You'll be able to shotgun fools mercenary-style, without being beholden to a team.

Read more: 'Free-for-All' mode »

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Epic buys Gears of War: Judgment developer People Can Fly

Epic buys Gears of War: Judgment developer People Can Fly

Epic Games has made an honest studio of Gears of War: Judgment dev People Can Fly, five years after acquiring the majority stake in the company. Epic head Mark Rein said the studio buy-out led to the departure of three PCF studio heads: Adrian Chmierlarz, Andrzej Poznanski, and Michal Kosieradzki.

"We doubled down on People Can Fly," Rein said. "It was something we always hoped to do."

Read more: Chmierlarz working with Epic on 'future announcements' »

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Deadpool, Gears of War: Judgment - Shacknews Daily: July 16, 2012

Deadpool, Gears of War: Judgment - Shacknews Daily: July 16, 2012

San Diego Comic-Con takes over today's episode. First up: Deadpool is getting his own game from High Moon Studios. Then, we take a look at JoJo's Bizarre Adventure HD, a 2D fighter for PSN and Xbox Live. Finally, we take a look at Gears of War Judgment's multiplayer mode before looking at this week's new releases.

Check out today's episode of Shacknews Daily.

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Gears of War: Judgment coming March 19

Gears of War: Judgment coming March 19

People Can Fly's take on the Gears of War franchise will be ready on March 19th, Epic Games announced at San Diego Comic-Con. Gears of War: Judgment is a prequel to the original trilogy, and will star bromantic icons Damon Baird and Augustus Cole.

Watch: Overrun tutorial narrated by Baird »

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Epic attended Pixar story workshop for Gears of War: Judgment

Epic attended Pixar story workshop for Gears of War: Judgment

The Gears of War series isn't exactly known for its gripping plots and nuanced characters. Though Epic certainly showed some improvement through its three-game series, many players still shrugged it off as hulking soldiers turning bad guys into meat. Now that Gears of War: Judgment is on the docket, with co-developer People Can Fly, how can they create a better narrative in this world? By consulting Pixar, of course.

Read more: Insight from 'the best in the industry' »

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Cliffy B: 'Games have become more linear and easier'

Cliffy B: 'Games have become more linear and easier'

Expanding the gaming audience has come at the cost of making games simpler and easier, Epic Games design director Cliff Bleszinski has said. And it just so happens that a game of his, the prequel Gears of War: Judgement, is hoping to present a challenge for players.

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Halo 4, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Gears of War Judgement, - Shacknews Daily: June 4, 2012

Halo 4, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Gears of War Judgement, - Shacknews Daily: June 4, 2012

E3 starts today and Garnett gets us going looking at the first press conference of the day for Microsoft Xbox. Among the things discussed: Halo 4 kicked the show off showing off some of the new Forerunner weaponry in the game. Also, Splinter Cell: Blacklist was unveiled, featuring Sam Fisher at his killing best. Finally, he talks about the new Internet Explorer browser for 360 and some other games that didn't get prime time love at the conference.

Check out today's episode of Shacknews Daily.

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