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There is a parable at the heart of Gears of War: Judgment, a tale of many people affecting the one. Though the words "Horde mode" are not to be found on its main menu, it is this revelatory multiplayer invention of Gears of War 2 that makes Gears of War: Judgment such a success. The guiding principles and universal value of its simple proposition – you and your...

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Gears dev: Hard data, human wisdom both vital to fine-tuning games

Data analysis is growing into a huge, more readily-available tool for game developers, but Epic Games Senior Designer Jim Brown delved into his studio's past struggles with data to warn GDC Europe attendees about misreading the swaths of information appearing on their screens. "You need to...

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Microsoft Studios acquires rights to Gears of War series

Microsoft Studios has purchased the rights to the Gears of War franchise from Epic Games, Microsoft announced. The publisher will take over all existing and future games in the series, and will hand development of future games over to Vancouver, BC developer Black Tusk Studios. Formerly Microsoft...

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GameStop rings in the new year with savings on GTA 5, more

Did you make it through the holidays with some spare cash? Well, GameStop wants it, and kicked off a new sale to celebrate the new year to get it. The retailer's deals, which stretch from January 3 to January 5, include $50 savings on both the Wii U Skylanders console bundle ($249.99) and the 250...

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PSA: Gears of War: Judgment 'Lost Relics' DLC found today

VIP members can access some new maps in Gears of War: Judgment today, available as part of the Lost Relics DLC pack. Headlining the pack is a new mode called Breakthrough, where one side attempts to move a flag from one point to another while the other team tries to stop them. Lost Relics...

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Gears of War: Judgment gets 'Lost Relics' multiplayer DLC next month

Epic lays down Gears of War: Judgment with new multiplayer DLC in June. The 'Lost Relics' pack a new gametype and four further maps, including the return of 'Checkout' from Gears of War 3. Also bundled in are new armor and weapon skins. The gametype is called Breakthrough. It features one team...

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Gears of War: Judgment gets free OverRun map May 15

Through another partnership with Maxim, Gears of War: Judgment will offer a free OverRun-compatible map to all players next week, May 15, called Dreadnought. This new map is set on a derelict ship, used by the COG at the outset of the war to transport captured Berserkers. This is the second free...

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Variety: Gears of War movie script back in the works

The ethereal Gears of War movie is back in the headlines, with Variety reporting that producer Scott Stuber has signed on with the project. There's still no writer or distributor attached, but Stuber will work with his own studio, called Bluegrass Films, and Epic Games to develop a script and...

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Gears of War: Judgment 'Call to Arms' map pack available April 23

The next Gears of War: Judgment map pack, entitled "Call to Arms," will launch on April 23. The pack includes three new maps, a new multiplayer mode called "Master of Arms," and six armor and gun skins. The pack will cost $12.50 (1000 Microsoft Points) on its own, but is included in the $20 (1600...

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New Halo 4, Gears of War Judgment DLC available for free today

If you feel like shooting aliens on your Xbox today, you are very likely to be able to do so in a new venue. Both Halo 4 and Gears of War Judgment have new DLC, available at no extra cost. Having passed certification early, Microsoft has released the Halo 4 "Forge Island" map well in advance of its...

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Gears of War: Judgment passes Tomb Raider in this week's UK charts

It's no surprise to see new release Gears of War: Judgment slam Tomb Raider off the peak of this week's UK charts. That said, the fourth Gears game's launch sales fall way behind that of its predecessor, at least in the queen's realm. Judgment shifts just a quarter of what Gears of War 3 did in its...

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