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Watch Marcus Fenix back in action in new Gears of War 4 gameplay

Father and son spend quality time together

Gears of War 4 is less than three months away, and Microsoft is teasing fans ahead of its October launch with a new look at franchise hero Marcus Fenix. A campaign demo above shows the team, including a much older Marcus and his son J.D., taking down enemies after their village has been ransacked.

The seven-minute walkthrough opens with Marcus' voice, but don't expect to get a great look at him. Gears of War 4 stars his son J.D. instead, and Microsoft hid the fact that his father would also appear in the game until E3 2016, when an older, grayer Marcus made his first appearance.

gears of war 4 marcus Entertainment Weekly

The publisher told Entertainment Weekly — who also shared a full in-game shot of the character, above — that Marcus will be playable in the game's multiplayer campaign and Horde Mode, which was first seen in Gears of War 2. Microsoft also uploaded a short tour through one of the new multiplayer maps, Forge, seen below.

The last of Microsoft's Gears of War 4 news today concerns the limited-edition Xbox One S console dedicated to the game. The special red hardware includes a 2 TB hard drive and the full game, as previously announced, with an Xbox One Elite controller in the same color scheme now up for pre-order. Take a look below.

Gears of War 4, one of Microsoft's first cross-platform Play Anywhere titles, hits Windows PC and Xbox One on Oct. 11. The game, including the new map and the level seen in the demo up top, will be playable this week at San Diego Comic-Con. For more on what to expect, read our feature story on "refining a classic."

Correction: Gears of War's Horde Mode was introduced in Gears of War 2 and has appeared in other games since. We've corrected the text to reflect this.

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