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Get ready for Gears of War 4 with the official launch trailer

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Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

The Gears of War 4 launch trailer arrived as promised this morning, about three weeks ahead of the game's Oct. 11 launch. See it above.

Though called the "gameplay launch trailer" it is solely cinematic sequences, establishing the story and the new cast of J.D. Fenix, Kait and Del, who join J.D. 's dad, Marcus to battle a new threat.

Gears of War 4, launching for both Windows PC and Xbox One, is part of Microsoft's new Xbox Play Anywhere program, meaning a digital purchase on one platform makes the game free on the other. Those who purchase its $100 special edition may play beginning Oct. 7.

For more on Gears of War 4see our detailed impressions, drawn from 14 hours of play time, which published earlier this morning.

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