E3 2012: Gears Of War: Judgment Coming In 2013

By David Wharton | Published

Despite being a pretty voracious gamer, there are two triple-A science fiction game series that I’ve never been able to get into. One is the HALO games, mostly because I didn’t jump in at the get-go and always felt like I’d missed the boat (something I may remedy with the next game). The other is Gears of War. For lack of a better explanation, I could never get past the “bro-ness” of the game. So while this announcement might be little more than just another story to post for me, I’m sure there will be many of you uncontrollably salivating at this announcement trailer for Gears of War: Judgment, courtesy of GameTrailers.com:

Judgment is said to be a prequel to the Gears of War trilogy, taking place “after Emergence Day and the Pendulum Wars,” according to IGN. I don’t know what any of that means, but one bit of info does raise my interest: Judgment is being developed by People Can Fly, the studio behind the underrated and insanely fun Bulletstorm. One thing that may or may not be a warning flag for longtime fans: apparently Gears of War writer Karen Traviss will not be writing this installment.

Gears of War: Judgment is the cover story for the new issue of Game Informer, and some info about the game has already leaked online. Here are some of the characters that have been confirmed:

  • Damon Baird – Before this sarcastic, genius mechanic went on to help Marcus Fenix save the world, Baird worked his way through the Gears ranks. He’s always quick to joke, but Judgment suggests there’s more to his character than being a comedian.
  • Augustus Cole – A former Thrash Ball player turned soldier the “Cole Train” became famous in Sera for his on-field performance and boisterous demeanor. Cole met Baird soon after enlisting, and the two quickly became best friends.
  • Garron Paduk – A militia refugee from the Union of Independent Republics. Garron comes from the other side of The Pendulum Wars. He brings a new perspective and brush personality to Kilo. Garron is the devil on Baird’s shoulder that say’s “Let’s blow stuff up.”
  • Sophia Hendricks – A cadet from the Onyx Guard Academy, she is more in line with Colonel Loomis’ by the book approach to combat. E-day halted her path to graduation from the academy, but she is still worth the soldier. She is the opposite of Garron, ready to suggest informing superior officers of every deviation from protocol.

Gears of War: Judgment is slated for sometime in 2013 (during the fall would probably be a safe bet).