The Coalition is promising to bring a lot more Gears of War 4 guns to the table when the game releases in October, but now it’s been revealed that the arsenal will have another new addition: the Retro Lancer.
First debuted during Gears of War 3, the Retro Lancer is an old weapon, even in the Gears of War universe. It was the model of Lancer that soldiers of the Coalition of Ordered Governments used during the Pendulum Wars, the nearly eighty-year-long war fought before the series that ended just six weeks before the Locust War began.
Unlike the Lancer Assault Rifle we know today, the Retro Lancer did not have a chainsaw. Instead, the gun had a large combat bayonet that was used to impale enemies after a run-up. The chainsaw’s invention only came about after Tai Kaliso, who appeared in Gears of War 1 and Gears of War 2, snapped his own Retro Lancer’s bayonet off in the hard skin of a Locust drone and ended up killing the thing with a chainsaw.
The Retro Lancer’s performance also speaks to its age: in addition to the lack of a chainsaw bayonet, the gun is also less accurate, has a lower rate of fire, and has massive recoil that causes it to creep upward as you fire it.
The addition of the gun is reasonable lore-wise. With the Coalition of Ordered Governments now a shadow of its former self, the Retro Lancer is probably a vital part of the arsenal since Sera was devastated by the war with the Locust.
The Retro Lancer’s addition will provide a touch of familiarity compared to the other Gears of War 4 guns: while the original Lancer will also be available, guns like the Dropshot and the Buzzkill are throwing a wrench into the series and sending its combat in new directions.