The studio behind Gears of War 4 reveals that the new game will run at 30fps in the main campaign, while the multiplayer will hit a very smooth 60fps.
Anyone currently with an Xbox One probably has high hopes for the forthcoming Gears of War 4. For those that didn’t already know, however, the title takes place 25 years after the events of Gears 3 wrapped up – meaning that familiar faces and places are sure to turn up during the adventure. While the narrative will immediately be compelling for longtime followers of the series, gamers interested solely in the gameplay are understandably hoping for the fast and fluid cover-based feel that the franchise is known for.
Fortunately, it appears that those anxious for 60 frames per second combat will receive just that in its online multiplayer mode. Meanwhile, those invested enough in the plot to trek through the game’s campaign will be met with 30 frames per second during the entirety of their playthrough. The latter number may strike some as low, but it’s very important to know that past entries featured campaigns ran at just that – so Gears of War 4 isn’t the odd one out.
Rod Fergusson, the head of Gears of War 4 developer The Coalition, released this information during an interview session with Game Informer. While he didn’t delve into too much detail, it’s evident that The Coaltion wants to push the competitive multiplayer aspect of the game, which is why it’s running at 60fps. Since Gears of War: Ultimate Edition managed to run online at the same frames-per-second mark, it’s really not all that surprising to hear that the upcoming numbered entry will do the same. With that said, it is nice to get the confirmation.
There could be a number of reasons for the difference in frame rate, but there are two immediate culprits that come to mind. First and foremost, the Gears series is known for epic set pieces which could give the rate a run for its money, and we’ve already seen one in the form of a massive tornado in the first gameplay trailer for Gears 4. The second, and most likely, candidate would have to be the split-screen co-op that the title supports, although many fans are sure to welcome the tradeoff with open arms if that is the case.
With details now starting to emerge from the depths of The Coalition, it’s obvious that Microsoft is ready to start talking about the hotly anticipated Gears installment. Of course, since the title stars the son of longstanding franchise lead Marcus Fenix as its main protagonist, known as JD Fenix, it’s telling that the the studio is building something very new on the foundation of the familiar.
Gears of War 4 is set to arrive exclusively for the Xbox One later this year.