11 Gears of War: Judgment is coming

We all knew it was coming, thanks to a certain magazine cover, but Gears of War Judgment is a bit shiny. We didn’t get to see as much of it as I would have liked to, but this big announce trailer is certainly something to watch.

Gears of War: Judgment promises (of course) to be the “most intense and challenging” game of the franchise, taking gamers back to E-day, Emergence day – the defining moment of the universe.

As we’d been told earlier, Judgment is not all about Marcus Fenix, although we hear he will appear briefly. Instead, the spotlight is on Damon Baird, Augustus “Cole Train” Cole, and their Kilo Squad – which also features newcomers Sofia Hendricks and Garron Paduk.

With four-person co-op on Xbox LIVE, and an all-new Locust menace to face off against, Judgment brings a new gameplay experience to Gears – while at the same time, heading straight back to the game’s roots. In addition to the action gameplay we’ve come to know and love, there’s also a new “Mission Declassification” system, giving gamers the ability to uncover critical information during the course of the campaign in order to check out “more challenging” gameplay.

…and even vanilla gameplay will be more challenging, thanks to People Can Fly‘s introduction of S3 – the Smart Spawn System – which sees enemy types, timing and locations changing with each round, both in campaign and multiplayer.

When it comes to multiplayer, prepare yourselves: You’ll be able to play as a Locust. OverRun is a 5v5 class-based competitive mode – a first for the series – which is also packed with a player progression system in order to keep things interesting.

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Obviously, that’s not everything – but we’re expecting to hear plenty more about Judgment from both Microsoft and Epic Games over the next few days – with plenty to follow in the leadup to (currently undated) launch.

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