Video game fans can’t wait until fall 2015, when games like Halo 5: Guardians, Fallout 4 and Rise of the Tomb Raider debut, but enough about this year! You have to think long term, especially when it comes to Gears of War 4. Forget about winter 2015 or even next spring. The next entry in Epic Games’ franchise arrives exclusively on Xbox One holiday 2016. Long time to wait, yes, but at least we have a first glimpse at the single player campaign.

Details are expectedly few, but the trailer takes place in an abandoned town, with two presumably COG soldiers sneaking through the place at night in search of monsters. We see the male character cut through a metal gate using the chainsaw attachment for his Lancer Assault Rifle, a first in the series; normally players use it to slice through Locust Horde forces. We also see large set pieces get destroyed by bad weather, with the characters doing their best to avoid debris.

When the battle kicks off, it’s the Gears we know and love. A new monster appears, a four-legged beast with a mouth full of tendrils and the ability to unleash projectiles from its webbed tail. The person in control brings up available weapons, then switches to the familiar Gnasher Shotgun, blowing one of the creatures away. Then it’s back to the Lancer, where he sinks the chainsaw’s teeth into alien flesh. 

Impressive stuff and we have lots of questions, none of which Microsoft or Epic Games plan to answer any time soon. For now, we’ll dig into games coming out this year, but Gears… we have a sharp eye on that one.