Gears Of War 4 Coming To Windows 10

Microsoft are certainly starting to bring their big guns from Xbox One to PC – big guns with chainsaws on ’em and everything. Gears of War 4 [official site] will launch for Windows 10 and Xbone in October, and both versions are tied together. It’ll be an ‘Xbox Play Anywhere’ game, which means that folks who buy it digitally get it on both platforms, with progress and achievements shared between them. Its co-op campaign and other co-op modes will support cross-platform multiplayer too.

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition came our way earlier this year, revamping of the first game, but Microsoft have held back on new games in their main series. Or they’ve slung us cut-down versions, like the singleplayer-only Forza 6 Apex. But now, yep, Gears of War 4 proper is coming our way.

It’s a bit fancier for us too, as it’ll support 2160p resolutions. As for cross-platform stuff, it sounds like competitive multiplayer will be sectioned off by platform but co-op campaign, Horde, and Co-op Versus modes will be playable across both.

October 11th is the Xbone date, so presumably it’s the same on PC too. Here’s a trailer with co-op from E3:

Do check out the rest of our E3 2016 posts, previews, odds, ends, and gubbins.


  1. G-Lord says:

    Great news, enjoyed the simple fun of all the games in the series so far and don’t want to buy an XOne.

  2. UncleLou says:

    Still wonder how they’re handling this. From what I understood of Quantum Break, you could buy the One version and get a download code for “free”, but I guess only if you buy digitally, son you can’t just sell on the Xbox disc version?

    And will they keep selling the PC versions of their games for 70,- Euros, which is 20% more than PC games cost even on Steam?

  3. vorador says:

    Hopefully they will ditch UWP with this release. AFAIK the PC releases of Quantum Break and Forza 6 owed much of their technical troubles to it.

    Who i am kidding, of course it will be released with UWP. Basic requisite of the Windows 10 shop.

    • TormDK says:

      UWP is getting a number of updates in the next milestone update for Windows 10, and they already fixede some of the low hanging fruits that people complained about earlier in the year.

      Some info here; link to

    • subedii says:

      As far as I’m aware they’re pretty definite on not fixing modding in UWP. Well, modding that’s “unsupported” anyway. Largely because they don’t want people to have that kind of access to the files.

      Durante had a really good post on the topic over at PCGamer.

    • Someoldguy says:

      It’ll be interesting to see if it’s exclusive to the Windows 10 shop on the PC or can be bought elsewhere.

      • subedii says:

        The Coalition is one of MS’s own studios. Safe bet is it’s UWP/W10 store exclusive.

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  5. yogibbear says:

    Win 10/ UWP exclusive 100%, facepalm.

    • UncleLou says:

      This whole thing is about Windows 10 adoption and building a competitive Windows store. They won’t care all that much whether they sell a few 100k games more or less juts because it’s not on Steam or older OSs. Whether it works out or not, only time will tell, but it’s not a /facepalm.

      • BaronKreight says:

        What if I just want to play a game? Why should I be obliged to get Windows 10 and use Windows store to do that?

        • BlueTemplar says:

          Apps Apps Apps !
          Platforms Platforms Platforms !!

        • UncleLou says:

          Well, you’re not “obliged” to do anything at all, it’s just a game, after all. You’re not entitled to play it according to your rules, either, though.

          FWIW, I am not agreeing nor disagreeing with their strategy, I just thought the “facepalm” above was missing the point. Their goal clearly isn’t to sell the highest number of their games on PCs possible, but Windows 10 adoption.

          • Pinga says:

            It’s far from “just a game”. UWP is a disease that must be fought before it infects the whole of pc gaming. Microsoft wants pcs to be as closed and controlled as consoles. Enjoying your Skyrim mods? Forget them under UWP.

          • BlueTemplar says:

            You say Skyrim, but the sad thing is that Steam Workshop, by its “walled garden” nature, is participating itself in the destruction of modding (and the open PC gaming as we know it).

      • Emeraude says:

        I guess it is from the end of the would-be customer that does not share one bit that desire for win10 adoption and all it entails.

  6. Murdock says:

    OOOOHHHH MY!!! Great news!!! :D I am hyped!

  7. Pinga says:

    UWP needs to die. Not going to get a cent from me.