The PC version of Gears of War 4 will feature a local split-screen cooperative mode, The Coalition announced at a preview event last week.
Speaking with PC Gamer, Technical director Mike Rayner marked the feature as a product of “labor of love”. He revealed that community feedback made it apparent that a majority of fans were looking forward to local split-screen co-op with Gears of War Ultimate Edition. In fact, the developer began working on the feature for Gears of War 4 just because of that feedback.
Rayner mentioned that the feature is “quite difficult to support” from a development standpoint. There’s a lot of tedious work involved which includes having to work with resolutions and aspect ratios on PC. It’s one of the main reasons, major titles don’t include split-screen co-op nowadays. However, the Coalition is focused on meeting every critical demand from its fan-base and ensuring that Gears of War 4 lives up to its name.
In addition to that, the PC version of Gears of War 4 can also take advantage of cross-play functionality. You can play the game online between Windows 10 and Xbox One. The Horde mode, online versus mode against AI, and online versus mode in private and LAN games; all of them are going to support cross-play.
In related news, Gears of War 4 is confirmed to feature HDR support upon release for Xbox One S. The Coalition has so far remained quiet about bringing HDR support for the PC version. Recently, the developer confirmed that while the feature won’t be there at launch, it will be introduced later on. That being said, the feature’s inclusion will be based on demand.
Gears of War Ultimate Edition was released in a sorry state for PC enthusiasts. There were several technical issues that needed to be addressed, all of which combined to take away the excitement there was for the title. The Coalition learned much from that launch and it has promised to do much better with the upcoming release.
Gears of War 4 is scheduled for a release on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC on October 11.