Emotional ballads aren’t what anyone would typically use to advertise violent shooter games. And yet there’s Gears of War, the Microsoft game franchise that plays like a Michael Bay-directed adaptation of a Clive Barker novel. Besides its intuitive third-person mechanics, Gears of War is known for game trailers that tug on the heartstrings, not pump up the adrenaline.
Ten years after Gary Jules’s morose crooning was heard in the first Gears of Warcommercial (using the singer’s unique version of Tears For Fears’s “Mad World”), the new Gears of War 4 trailer — directed by Henry Hobson who also made trailers for Halo 5, Evolve, and Resistance 3 — continues tradition with melodic metal band Disturbed and their acclaimed cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence,” which debuted in the Billboard Top 100.
“It gave me the chills,” Disturbed frontman David Draiman told Inverse about the game’s trailer. “It seemed very, very appropriate for the storyline, for what the main character is going through, and it seems to set the stage perfectly.
“It seemed it was a marriage that was meant to be,” the cantor powerhouse adds.
He’s not wrong. Simon & Garfunkel’s song, about man’s inability to communicate, indeed resonates with Gears of War 4 releasing October 11 from Canadian studio The Coalition. Set 25 years after Gears of War 3, the planet Sera is now divided into walled territories to protect itself from an unknown, monstrous entity lurking in the wilds. At E3 2015, director Rod Fergusson said Gears of War 4 will return the series to its darker atmospheres seen in the original Gears of War after the 2008 and 2011 sequels changed the series into straighter war games.
A “big fan” of shooter games, Draiman cites Gears of War as one of his all-time faves. “The storyline was always so dramatic, it really drew you in and kind of helped you role play, so to speak, while you were actually playing the game. I’ve always enjoyed the series, and it’s definitely one of my favorites.”