[Update: Gears of War: Judgment is official!]

It feels like gamers only just completed Gears of War 3, but Epic Games is already preparing to suck players back into the Gears of War universe. Game Informer has announced that the cover of their July issue will prominently display none other than a brand new Gears of War, along with heaps of new details on the title that’ll make Gearsheads giddy with excitement.

Game Informer wasn’t able to reveal too much on the new game, but they’ve (game) informed everyone that they’ll be able to check out the new Gears of War this Monday — after its been shown off at Microsoft’s E3 press conference. One teaser they did share was a shot of the cover, but it was shrouded in shadows concealing the identity of anyone featured. The issue will be available in two different flavors, allowing collectors to have two separate cover variants to choose from.

Rumors of a prequel to the original Gears of War have been floating around for a number of months, and evidence found on the cover indicates that a prequel will indeed be the case. The image from Game Informer features a shadowy character in handcuffs being pushed down a hallway by a couple of COG soldiers. As longtime followers of the Gears series know, Marcus Fenix found himself imprisoned after being deemed a traitor for disobeying orders and running off to help his father — leaving many soldiers to lose their lives in the process. Could gamers see the protagonist one more time before Epic takes the series in another direction?

New Gears of War Screenshots 2012

If the new Gears of War is a prequel then it’s not apparent which characters will be featured in the game. Baird and Cole didn’t even know Fenix at the time so they likely won’t make an appearance, but maybe Dom and/or his brother Carlos will find themselves at Marcus’ side. Then again, this could be an entirely different story, or maybe even the cancelled Gears of War: Exile, both of which may not have a single thing to do with any of the franchise’s established characters… but don’t put money on that.

The new Gears of War is confirmed for the Xbox 360, putting to rest the possibility of an Xbox 720 release, and more details will arrive on Monday, June 4th. Stay tuned to Game Rant for more info on the game as soon as it becomes available.

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Source: Game Informer