Last week, Rod Fergusson of Black Tusk studios tweeted that there is no “Marcus Fenix Collection” in the works and instead, he is prepping for E3. This comes as a relief to a lot of Gears of War fans (myself included), because that means all of Black Tusk’s attention will be on the next Gears of War game and not the past ones.
We do want all the attention to be on the next Gears of War so that the franchise comes back with a vengeance. After the train wreck that was Gears of War: Judgment, I would not be surprised if a lot of Gears of War fans were very skeptical about the franchise and its future. I decided to compile a list of what I would love to see in the next Gears of War, making it a solid game and one to really look forward to. Black Tusk Studios, think of this as a love letter from me on behalf of all Gears of War fans!
1. Stay as clear away from Judgment as you can.
No spin offs please. Having Baird as the main protagonist in Gears of War: Judgment really wasn’t a good idea as he is better as a supporting role, not a lead one. Also, I would love that the next Gears of War goes back to that original Gears look; that dark, grungy look we all love from its early days. As for the multiplayer; that’s easy. Don’t you dare take the locusts away again. When judgment was confirmed to not have locusts before launch, it absolutely stunned the Gears community and was not looked upon nicely. Going more bareboned in your approach will help as well. The less power weapons and unlockables, the better. Weapons skins are cool but we definitely don’t need “prize boxes” after every match. Don’t hold our hand and rather, force us to get better. DBNO (down but not out) is a must as well!
2. Give us a true prequel.
I imagine the perfect Gears of War game as a prequel, showing us Marcus and Dom before we knew them in the original Gears of War. I would also love to see Dom’s brother Carlos make an appearance! That would definitely add story substance for me. I would love to see the character chemistry between all three of these characters and see how it leads up to the original Gears of War.
3. Bring back the original Horde mode.
50 waves on horde mode was great, especially on Gears of War 2. When I think back to my proudest achievements in Gears of War, it was definitely on Horde mode. When the Dark Corners maps first game out for GOW2, playing horde mode on those maps with friends were some of the funnest moments I had in playing Gears of War. I would love for Horde mode to go back to its true essence and become a centric part to Gears of War again. I think for the next Gears of War to fully succeed, Horde mode should come back with a vengeance.
4. Less is more.
This goes hand in hand with what I was saying about staying away from Judgment. In that game, prize boxes were awarded in the multiplayer, as an attempt of incentive to keep us playing. Problem was, we didn’t keep playing. More isn’t always better. Sometimes multiplayer games are far too saturated with leveling up goodies that are supposed to keep us playing but eventually make us bored instead. Not to mention that in Judgment, during the single player there were also declassify objectives to activate, such as only being able to use a specific weapon and kill a specific number of enemies. It was as if Epic and People Can Fly knew their campaign wasn’t interesting enough and had to add this poor excuse of a challenge system to ensure replayability. I hope Black Tusk shows confidence in their game and doesn’t over saturate it with “goodies.” Less is more for Gears fans! We love the simplicity.
5. Two words: Destructible Environments.
Destructible environments was talked about way back when Gears of War 2 was first going to come out. In fact, there were tech demos showing how the destructible environments would work. I remember seeing one of them where they were using the torque bow and shooting it into the ground, so it would make a hole and we were able to see below to the bottom level. It was awesome but for the time, wasn’t possible with the technology so it never happened. Now that we are in “next gen,” I’m hoping it is possible now on the Xbox One. It would be amazing to see our favorite weapons destroy parts of the environment around us; especially that boom shot. Imagine being in cover, only for an enemy to blast that cover away with a boom shot, forcing you to move. Bye, bye lancer rifle campers.
So that’s a good chunk of things I’d like to see in the next Gears of War. What are some things not on this list, that you would like to see? Let us know. Stay tuned to SheAttack as we will be covering E3 and giving you all the latest about the next Gears of War.