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Gears of War 4 coming holiday 2016 to Xbox One

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The Gears of War franchise returns — under new management — with Gears of War 4 on the Xbox One from The Coalition, studio head Rod Fergusson announced today during Microsoft's E3 2015 press briefing.

Fergusson presented a live gameplay demo featuring two characters on the screen; you can watch it above. Gears 4 will be released holiday 2016.

Microsoft bought the Gears of War franchise from Epic Games in 2014, and assigned it to its in-house Black Tusk Studios. Black Tusk has since been renamed "The Coalition," and is now dedicated to the Gears franchise much in the same way 343 Industries now handles Halo. Rod Fergusson, who was the Gears of War producer at Epic Games, now heads The Coalition.