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Watch Gears of War 4 get up close and brutal in pre-alpha multiplayer

Yank and shank, my friends

Simone de Rochefort has been producing & hosting YouTube videos for Polygon since 2016. She co-directed the upcoming documentary The Great Game: The Making of Spycraft.

Recently we revved our Lancers and attended a Gears of War 4 multiplayer preview event.

In this pre-alpha version of the game, we played team deathmatch and the new dodgeball game mode.

Dodgeball is a mode where a player on your team respawns every time an enemy teammate is killed. The match lasts until one team is completely wiped out. This creates some clutch moments where relying on your teammates is key.

These videos also show off some of the new close-quarters combat moves. You can now pull another player out of cover and shank them. This happened to us more than we might have liked. Check out the moment at 12:13 in the deathmatch video below for a great example of us shanking someone else!

The multiplayer beta for Gears of War 4 will begin on April 18 for owners of the PC or Xbox One version of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition. For Xbox Live Gold subscribers, the beta will open on April 24.

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