Feeds

Gears of War 2 scheduled for November release

Get set for a great year of shoot 'em ups

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

Microsoft has officially announced that the Xbox 360 sequel to the popular shooter Gears of War will launch in November of this year.

Much of the Xbox 360's first year success was dependent on Epic's Gears of War. It proved much more than just substitute until Halo 3 arrived and really showed the gaming quality that the console could deliver. In fact, many still favour Marcus Fenix over Master Chief Petty Officer John-117.

Microsoft will be counting on Epic even more now this year. Halo 3 and Mass Effect are out there and the PlayStation 3 is finally picking up momentum - as quite frankly, we all knew it would - with Killzone 2, LittleBigPlanet and of course Metal Gear Solid 4 on the way. So the eyes of all Xbox 360 owners are on Gears of War 2 for salvation. Of course everyone will be treated to the forthcoming Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 this year as well, but that's multi-format.

Details of the Gears of War sequel are sketchy, and no screen shots are available as yet. However, according to US magazine Gamepro, in addition to the mandatory graphic boost, the most significant improvements will be in the multiplayer mode, with the possibility of four-player co-op, a better matchmaking system, more game modes and better ranking.

Given that Metal Gear Solid 4 is (according to the last report) due in March - delayed from November last year, we'd have thought Gears of War 2 might have been launched a little sooner than November, but at least it will give us something worthwhile to do with our time, instead of watching all the God-awful television that's on around Christmas time.

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
Nice computers don’t need to go to the toilet, says Barclays
Bad computers might ask if you are Sarah Connor
4K video on terrestrial TV? Not if the WRC shares frequencies to mobiles
Have your say with Ofcom now, before Freeview becomes Feeview
YES, iPhones ARE getting slower with each new release of iOS
Old hardware doesn't get any faster with new software
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
You didn't get the MeMO? Asus Pad 7 Android tab is ... not bad
Really, er, stands out among cheapie 7-inchers
Apple winks at parents: C'mon, get your kid a tweaked Macbook Pro
Cheapest models given new processors, more RAM
VMware builds product executables on 50 Mac Minis
And goes to the Genius Bar for support
Leaked Windows Phone 8.1 Update specs tease details of Nokia's next mobes
New screen sizes, dual SIMs, voice over LTE, and more
Microsoft stands on shore as tablet-laden boat sails away
Brit buyers still not falling for Windows' charms
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.