'Gears of War 4' Boasts Significant Graphics Improvements From The Multiplayer Beta; Here's What Changed

By V Doctor , Updated Jun 10, 2016 12:38 PM EDT

After receiving complaints about the graphics of “Gears of War 4” Multiplayer Beta, The Coalition decided to make significant improvements. The studio also gave fans an initial glimpse of the graphics upgrades.

In May 2016, The Coalition provided a beta version of the upcoming “Gears of War 4” to Xbox One players who owned “Gears of War: Ultimate Edition.” The studio intended to get feedback and let gamers help identify issues that will eventually improve the game as a whole. Beta testers provided their comments accordingly, while many were quick to point out that they did not appreciate the poor graphics very much.

GameZone noted that Rod Fergusson, studio head of The Coalition, provided a look at the updated graphics of “Gears of War 4” multiplayer mode via a small image. A side-by-side comparison was provided, showing the vast differences between the models, environment and features of the game, as of May 31, 2016.

Fergusson tweeted the images and stated that they are still working to improve the game aspects, particularly the visuals. “Gears of War 4” players will most likely see more gameplay shots at E3 2016 in June after Fergusson teased that he will present more details about the game at the big event.


According to GameRant, so far, fans were glad to see that the game developers addressed their concerns on the game graphics of “Gears of War.” The lighting has notably improved much. The beta generally had a flat appearance, while the updated version presented individual light sources illuminated the environment, providing better contrast with the dark sky. The textures were also enhanced, revealing the scaly skin of the Locust character more.

The developers seem to focus much on multiplayer, so players should expect more improvements on the mode in the weeks leading up to the big launch. The multiplayer mode will reportedly have gamers compete at 60fps on dedicated servers.

“Gears of War 4” is a third-person shooter and the fourth main installment of the franchise. The story focuses on main protagonists JD Fenix, Kait and Del, who barely survived an attack on their village. Their mission involves saving their loved ones and uncovering the sources of a powerful new villain.

ComicBook revealed that “Gears of War 4” is slated to launch on Oct. 11, 2016 exclusively on Xbox One. There are talks that the game will subsequently become available on PC via Windows 10. More updates and details are expected soon.

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