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Here's your first look at Gears of War 4 gameplay

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It's been a year and a half since Microsoft bought the Gears of War franchise from Epic Games and handed the reins over to developer Black Tusk Studios, and now we're getting our first look at Gears 4 (as it was referred to onstage) for the Xbox One at Microsoft's big E3 event. The lengthy gameplay footage we were treated to was suitably impressive, with a few heavily armed hunters exploring a cavern filled with what looked like horrible alien eggs.

Near the end, we got a glimpse of some correspondingly horrible creatures and a quick bit of gameplay footage before learning that Gears 4 would be released in time for the 2016 holiday season. Despite the name, it's actually the fifth title in the Gears of War franchise, following Gears of War 1-3 and Gears of War: Judgement. We're guessing by the time Gears 4 is released, it'll have a more proper, full name. In the meantime, check out this footage and mark your calendars for a year and a half from now.

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