Gears of War 3: Could we be in for some jungle action?

UPDATE: Turns out Epic has released footage from its Unreal GDC tech demo that shows a big ol' Brumak crashing through a forest/jungle. So, further evidence that Gears of War 3 will be taking advantage of the enhanced Unreal Engine foliage technology. It's an exciting time to be a gaming botanist. Watch it:

Gears of War developer Epic used last week's Game Developers Conference to showcase some of the latest upgrades to its Unreal game engine. Amongst other things, this included the ability to create impressive - and rather pretty looking - lush, plant-filled environments. Like this:

Does this mean we can expect to see Marcus and the rest of Delta Squad embarking on a little jungle-based combat in Gears of War 3? We say... very possibly perhaps.

You might remember that Epic used GDC '08 to reveal a bunch of upgrades to its Unreal Engine that subsequently showed up in Gears of War 2. This is that very tech demo:

The 'meat cube' pretty much formed the intestinal delights of the Riftworm, while the high density swarms of Locusts made the battlefield in the 'Tenuous Footing' chapter look mighty intense. The lesson: if it's a new Unreal Engine feature, chances are we'll see it in Gears of War.

Another clue that the jungle (or at least more foliage-heavy areas) could play a part in Gears of War 3 comes from the novel, Gears of War: Jacinto's Remnant. The main story of the book continues from the end of the second game and sees Delta Squad deployed to the island of Vectes. An extinct volcano, Vectes is described in the book as having fertile lowlands, forests and a river. Sounds to us like the perfect place to show off a little of that new shrubbery technology.

Speculation aside, we'd love the chance to go legging it roadie-run style through some undergrowth while hacking vines and Locust with the Lancer. The ubiquitous shades of grey have done a fine job in painting the backdrop of war-torn devastation and dereliction on Sera. But the chance to fight/explore somewhere that's neither grey or subterranean would certainly add a little diversity.

Who knows? Maybe the Cole Train will get to see a flower through his sniper scope after all...

Maybe we're thinking too much and all this new Unreal plant technology means is that we'll see improved foliage in an ass-load of games over the next couple of years. Because, y'know, quite a few games use the Unreal engine.

What do you think? Could Gears of War 3 do with a little jungle action? Or would too many happy plants distract from Gears' bleak tone?


  • Rhatik - May 1, 2010 2:29 a.m.

    the first thing that came two mind was predator the movie gear of war+jungle = epic awesomeness ''DOM'' THERE'S SOMETHING OUT THERE AND IT AINT NO MAN. ''MARCUS FENIX'' IF IT BLEEDS WE CAN KILL IT.
  • chrisroberts - March 26, 2010 11:56 a.m.

    i hope gears of war3 will be good but i dont think it will be any better than gow2, but i will buy it to play it and make my own mind up but lets hope it will blow us away
  • derekbailey - March 17, 2010 5:13 a.m.

    Further proof that Gears 3 is going to be totally amazing!!! Can't wait!
  • zurc136 - March 17, 2010 3:05 a.m.

    That is my all time favorite commercial. And I'm not even a Gears fan.
  • Doctalen - March 17, 2010 12:42 a.m.

    Oh great another Gears game. I am so tired of the games. However I am willing to give it a shot if the third one turns out to be fairly good. I also hate it when my friend comes up to me to brag about Gears 2 being the "messiah of video games" and other crap like that.
  • bonerachieved - March 17, 2010 12:14 a.m.

    That video for the new improved Unreal Engine is on xbox live marketplace id reccomend downloading it. Thanx guys keep it up!
  • Rubberducky - March 16, 2010 8:47 p.m.

    Finished the first one and just thought "meh", each level kinda seemed the same to me and the last level just annoyed me. WTH is with this recaptcha: mammary blood???
  • Cpt.Reynolds - March 16, 2010 5:56 p.m.

    yass gettin this day it comes out ,seriously looking forward to this regardless of whether or not its in the congo, i love gears and if it did get released on ps3 id be kinda dissapointed because whats the point in having different consoles if all the games released are the same and play the same ,its stupid the same way it would be if uncharted 2 got released on the xbox. which would suck cos my friends with xbox's would finally stop me gloating
  • JizzyB - March 16, 2010 5:35 p.m.

    GoW2 had some epic trailers. Some of the best I've ever seen. Castlevania:LoS has an awesome one as well.
  • JizzyB - March 16, 2010 5:24 p.m.

    I don't understand why these people who make youtube videos like to put pop-ups over the video. That is never alright.
  • ihopethisisnotantistasblood - March 16, 2010 4:34 p.m.

    they didn't say they regret signing an exclusive deal with microsoft, nobody ever says that, ever
  • ZebraMan90 - March 16, 2010 4:28 p.m.

    they should make a gears of war game for ps3 MAKE A GEARS FOR PS3 PLEASEE!!!!!!
  • philipshaw - March 16, 2010 3:32 p.m.

    Didn't epic say that they weren't making Gears of War 3 on the 360, and were waiting for the Next Gen consoles
  • pss123 - March 16, 2010 1:40 p.m.

    The reason it's gonna be released on 360 is so Epic will be cleared to release it on the ps3. They've already stated that they regret signing a deal with Microsoft to make it an exlusive, but that deal ends once the 'trilogy' is complete. Having played both 1 & 2 when I owned a 360 i would love for Epic to release a trilogy special edition on the ps3 even if we had to wait 6 months after the 3rd was released.
  • DarkTone - March 16, 2010 1:52 a.m.

    They were in a giant worm, the jungle isn't a shock factor for me. I won't play the 3rd because I played the 1st 2, but I will if like any over game it looks interesting enough
  • OneEyedGoon - March 16, 2010 12:56 a.m.

    I think the black/brown color palette works very well for Gears, I just wish so many other games weren't doing the same. The jungle could provide a nice change of scenery for GOW3, it worked for Uncharted.
  • Pr0fesserCha0s - March 15, 2010 9:56 p.m.

    I just downright despise Gears of War, I can say that without anyone yelling at me because I do own an Xbox 360, and an Xbox only!(And a Wii too :) )
  • oryandymackie - March 15, 2010 7:15 p.m.

    Um, I seem to remember Epic sticking their noses in the air and saying that GOW3 wouldn't come out on the 360 - no, they were too good for the 'Box. They were holding out for the 720. Chickened out a bit there, didn't we, Cliffy? Money run dry or something?
  • Fiirestorm21 - March 15, 2010 6:30 p.m.

    Well, statistically one is not a trend...but I'd be surprised if it doesn't turn out to have something to do with it.
  • infestedandy - March 15, 2010 5:04 p.m.

    I honestly don't care where the Gears story goes at this point. Epic, just make sure your third game in the series plays right. If you can do that then I'll be even more interested in where the "story" goes.

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