A new Gears of War is on the way, the newest Game Informer issue confirms. Not that we're complaining, but Gears of War 3 hasn't been out all that long, so we're a bit surprised Epic is ready to announce the next Gears already.
The game doesn't have an official title yet, numerical or otherwise, but the GI cover does suggest it'll be a prequel, assuming the center figure in cuffs is Marcus Fenix. For those unaware, series protagonist Marcus was imprisoned prior to the events of the trilogy, after he abandoned his post in efforts to save his father -- which were unsuccessful. Then again, if it was as simple as that, all the heavy shadowing wouldn't be necessary. Hm...
A prequel would make sense, given that novelist Karen Traviss' next Gears book also happens to be one, and the novels tend to pace pretty well with the games. Check out the full cover image below.
No doubt we'll be seeing this all over Microsoft's keynote and booth at E3.