In the magazine's latest cover story, Game Informer reveals new details about the characters of Gears of War 4, including the fact that JD is Marcus Fenix's son.
When Microsoft first revealed Gears of War 4 to the world, it did so with very little context in regards to the game's story and its characters. With the game set to release by the end of the year, that is starting to change, as Game Informer's latest cover story features a big blowout on all things Gears of War 4, including the identities of the game's main characters.
The Gears of War 4 reveal trailer introduced main protagonists JD and Kait to the world, but told us very little about either of them. We now know that JD's full name is JD Fenix, and he is the son of Marcus Fenix from the original Gears of War trilogy. When JD was young, he ran away from home in order to join the COG militia, only to get wrapped up in a classified incident that made him go AWOL. Players will learn more about the mysterious incident when they get their hands on Gears of War 4. JD Fenix is played by television actor Liam McIntyre of Spartacus fame.
Kait's last name is Diaz, and she is a survivalist that lives outside the walled-cities where JD is from. Kait's father died tragically years prior to the events of Gears of War 4, which will probably be important to her character arc in the game. Kait Diaz will be played by Laura Bailey, known for her voice acting roles, including her stint as Spartan Olympia Vale of Spartan Locke's Fireteam Osiris in Halo 5: Guardians.
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JD and Kait will be joined by a third character that wasn't seen in the game's reveal trailer. Played by accomplished voice actor Eugene Byrd, Delmont "Del" Walker is JD's childhood friend. Walker accompanied JD into the COG militia, and also witnessed the mysterious incident that sent them both fleeing from the military. Little else is known about Walker at this time, but expect to learn more about the character in the months leading up to the game.
These fresh details on the cast of Gears of War 4 point to the game's development going along smoothly, and suggest the game will meet its 2016 deadline. There have been numerous instances lately of Microsoft executives praising the development progress of Gears of War 4, even more than they usually do for their games, which should instill some confidence in consumers that Gears of War 4 stands a decent chance at living up to the hype.
Hopefully this Gears of War 4 character reveal means that a new trailer for the game will drop soon as well. It would be nice to see these characters in action again, and to see if Gears of War 4 is the graphical showcase that Coalition studio head Rod Fergusson claims it to be. In the meantime, fans will have to tide themselves over with the Gears of War 4 concept art released by Game Informer earlier today.
Gears of War 4 will be available later this year, exclusively for Xbox One.
Source: Game Informer