Gears of War 3 might only be in its second odd week on sale but that won't stop us from casting our wishful gazes to its inevitable sequel and dreaming up what we'd most like to see from the next entry in Epic's blockbuster franchise.
Epic hasn't so much as whispered the words 'Gears of War 4' in any official capacity but we'd be more than surprised if another one didn't materialise a few years from now, and so would Gears designer Cliff Blezinski.
In an interview prior to the Gears of War 3 launch Epic's favourite son said "it would be completely dumb to not do another one" as long as it performs well.
Given that it racked up over three million sales in its first week of availability we're pretty confident in our not-really-a-stretch prediction.
So, what do we want to see in the next game? Have a look below and find out...
OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW
As new kids on the block Delta-One were a great bunch of characters. Physically they embodied everything about Gears of War's weighty, brutal gameplay style and managed to be charismatic and bombastic at the same time. However, as time has passed those same traits have become a little less charming.
By the end of Gears of War 2 we'd pretty much had our fill of Marcus' constant shouting, Baird's unrelenting sarcasm and Cole's "something, something, something, baby. WOO!" dialogue.
A large part of that was due to the game's effort to push mature themes, which clashed with the gung-ho characterisation. It was difficult to take anything seriously when moments later Cole was running around pretending to be a choo choo train or Dom was gleefully blowing off a Locust's head moments after (spoiler) ending his wife's suffering by mercifully putting a bullet in her head.
Fortunately Gears of War 3 managed to pull it together, it had a better tonal balance which in turn meant the emotional moments felt less jarringly out of place. For the most part we felt the game concluded the story and character arcs in a satisfying way. It was a good send off for Delta-One.
In Gears of War 4 we're hoping Epic brings in a fresh set of faces and gives a little more thought to how they'd like them to develop in the long run. It would be the perfect opportunity to ease off the 'bad ass marine' theme they've milked dry over the last few years and introduce a little more character variety. One thing's for sure, we've had enough of Dom's whining and moping about.