The next entry in Microsoft’s Gears of War series will be having a Multiplayer Beta test on April 18th as an “opportunity to help shape the multiplayer experience” of the upcoming game” according to Microsoft.
While the beta will start on April 18th, this will only be for adopters of The Coalition’s HD Remake of the original Epic shooter, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition. Everyone else will have to wait until April 24th to get to chainsawing their friends with a lancer. The Beta will run until May 1st.
Microsoft and The Coalition have outlined how exactly to get into the early access.
To qualify for early access to the Gears of War 4 Multiplayer Beta on Xbox One, log in to Xbox Live and play Gears of War: Ultimate Edition on Xbox One or Windows 10 by 11:00PM PDT, April 11. Tokens for the beta will be distributed in waves through the Xbox Live messaging system and begin arriving Monday April 18. For both Early Access and Xbox Live Gold periods, must be 17+. Xbox One, broadband internet (ISP fees apply) and Xbox Live Gold membership (sold separately) required. Beta dates, content, and features subject to change. Not available in all markets. See https://GearsofWar.com for the latest information.
The Coalition (formally Microsoft Vancouver and Black Tusk Studio) has taken over the Gears of War series when Epic Games sold the rights to the series to Microsoft. Gears 4 will be the first game from the studio outside the Gears of Wars: Ultimate Edition, an HD remake of the original Gears of War title.