‘Gears Of War 4’ Release Update: Non-Canon Story Elements on E3

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By Karla Danica Figuerres | May 31, 2014 12:56 PM EST

Many are asking what "Gears of War 4" is all about and according to Black Tusk studio head Rod Fergusson via OXM, it is all about betrayal. Not betrayal in the game where the players need to do tough decisions but betrayal to what fans are expecting.

It is hard for Black Tusk to maintain the balance between aiming to give fans something that they would adore about their much-loved franchise and making innovative experiences that was not present in the latter games.

"It's the same thing with all sequels," Black Tusk told OXM. "This isn't a great way of phrasing it but I always talk about shipping a sequel to customers as 'managing betrayal'. They want something new but they don't want something so new that it doesn't feel like what they want. But if you put out something that's very familiar and is the same as the game they just had, then it's like 'I've already had this. This isn't new enough.'"

This year's E3 conference should present to fans the first glimpse at the betrayals Fergusson and Black Tusk have. Also, Microsoft has been honest about concentrating on games and there's a slight uncertainty about the unveiling of "Gears of War 4" since it remains one of their key exclusives.

The information available about "Gears of War 4" release date is not clear. As a matter of fact, Black Tusk mocked fans with a "concept art leak" that was just Fergusson holding a blur picture of something.

A few months ago Joshua Ortega, one of the members of the "Gears of War" canon, talked about the coming sequel. Even though Ortega is not actually part of the new project, he was a lead writer on "Gears of War 2" and "Gears of War 3," and also some versions of the comic book series. Black Tusk will be using some of Ortega's works, but Ortega hopes they choose to get the franchise back to the very beginning for "Gears of War 4." Especially, he wants to see E-Day.

"E-Day would be a really interesting one to explore," Ortega said to X-ONE. "It has a lot of emotional impact, it was the day that Dom and Maria lost their children, when humans had been fighting humans for so long. The war was finally over, and then they had to take up arms against a greater threat. I feel like that's the most compelling gap to fill for sure."

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