Last week, we learned that Gears of War Judgement will incorporate a new Smart Spawn System, that will shake things up a little. It will basically act like the AI director in Left 4 Dead, changing up how it throws enemies at you each time you play. Well, thanks to an article on Joystiq, we now know that the game will also change the storyline on your second playthrough.
The game will be one of those “flashback” type games (of which I’m personally not a huge fan of.) Baird (as you see in the teaser) is on trial, and through the course of his trial, he is recounting what happened to him and Kilo Squad. These testimonies, are the levels you play, and the story unfolds like that. From the article, we have learned that the first playthrough will be the “Classified” version of the game, and that a “Declassified” mode will unlock after you finish the game the first time. An example of that this will mean for gamers is:
“So the first time through, Baird may recall pushing through an enemy location with his fellow Kilo Squad. In the second play through, he may have remembered that instead the progress came through the aid of the mech.”
That sound pretty badass to me. The article also tells us a little more about Kilo Squad:
“But we are also introducing two new characters to the universe: one a red-haired girl named Sophia Hendrick, an Onyx Guard cadet. She’s very by-the-book, this sort of an angel on Baird’s shoulder. Of course, there’s a devil as well: Garron Paduk. He’s a UIR (Union of Independent Republics) refugee, the UIR being former enemies of the COG from the Pendulum Wars, and now we see they’re all united against the common threat of the Locust. But you can imagine the team dynamics when you have an Onyx Guard and a UIR veteran soldier in the team.”
OK, having a UIR teammate is instantly making this a must-buy (it already was, but you get my point.) I’m really looking forward to hearing dialogue about the UIR and their point of view on what is currently happening.
You can read up on the full article over at Joystiq.