The Coalition confirms that the Gears of War 4 pre-load is approximately 54GB in size and is now live for Xbox One users, with the PC version set to arrive later.
Following a protracted development period which originally began at Epic Games before The Coalition took over, the finish line is finally in sight for Gears of War 4. While the studio announced that the long-awaited title had finally gone gold last week, players will have to wait a couple more weeks before they can step into the shoes of protagonists JD Fenix, Kait, and Del. However, for those who own a digital pre-order copy of Gears of War 4 on Xbox One, you can get a headstart on everyone by pre-loading the game right now.
In a new Tweet from the official Gears Of War Twitter account, it was confirmed that Xbox One players can start downloading the Gears Of War 4 game files ahead of its October 11 launch. However, players had better be prepared to clear some space on their consoles as The Coalition also confirmed that the game files will be a whopping 54.6GB in size, which makes the rumored Gears of War 4 limited edition 2TB Xbox One S bundle a much more attractive prospect.
While PC players will also get the chance to play the highly-anticipated shooter, courtesy of Microsoft's new Play Anywhere feature, pre-loading is currently only available for Xbox One users. In a follow up Tweet, The Coalition announced that pre-loading on PC will be "coming soon" and that it will be available "well ahead of launch". A confirmed date for the PC pre-load wasn't revealed, though the studio did state that more details will be shared later.
The upcoming launch of Gears of War 4 is the second Play Anywhere game to support cross-platform play following the recently-released Forza Horizon 3, which coincidentally also had a delayed PC pre-load period compared to the Xbox One. Given that the Forza Horizon 3 PC pre-load was released a few days before the launch of its Ultimate Edition, perhaps this will also be the case for Gears of War 4 and we can expect the PC pre-load to drop sometime around the Ultimate Edition's October 7 release date.
With just weeks to go before the game is finally released, it remains to be seen whether Gears of War 4 will live up to the hype as one of 2016's most anticipated games, but it has every chance to do so based on what we saw at E3 2016 and all the stunning gameplay footage that has been shown off so far.
Gears of War 4 is scheduled for launch on October 11, 2016 for Xbox One and PC.