The Gears of War series has always been a popular online choice, with its team-based gameplay and gruelling survival modes. For the upcoming Gears of War: Judgment developer People Can Fly, inheriting the series from creator Epic Games, intends to "turn friends into enemies".
In a break from tradition, the game will feature a free-for-all deathmatch mode as revealed in the latest issue of the US Official Xbox Magazine. A screenshot shows COG allies at each other's throats - literally - in a fight to the death.
Judgment is a prequel to the previous games, explaining how Delta Squad member Damon Baird ended up in court for some mysterious crime. People Can Fly has prior experience on the Epic-published shooter hit Bulletstorm, and will bring a faster pace of play to the series. Other new multiplayer modes include Overrun, in which COG soldiers defend a generator while the Locust team tries to destroy it. Then everyone swaps sides and tries again.
Gears of War: Judgment is exclusive to Xbox 360 and is due in March 2013.