Gears of War 4 will be released on October 11 this year for both Xbox One and PC. As with most games that cross over to PC from consoles, Gears of War 4 will support both USB controllers or keyboard and mouse. In the past, some titles proved to be a little overpowered with the freedom of PC controls, however developer The Coalition says both control schemes are “really important” to them. Lead multiplayer designer Ryan Cleven, told IGN the following.

We definitely work from the controller out,” said Ryan. “We do play [with] mouse and keyboard, but the core of the game is around a controller.

Does this mean Gears of War 4 will be “better” on one of the two systems? Perhaps not, Ryan revealed that the goal was to ensure the legacy of the game remained perfect while extending player base and exposure. While in the past this has made some games less comfortable for mouse and keyboard players, Ryan says their priorities aren’t one sided.

I don’t think that we…would say that we have like, one or the other as the priority; they’re both really important to us,” Ryan continued. “But, we have to make sure that the controller experience, which has been the legacy of the game, is definitely perfect.

Being predominately an Xbox exclusive title, Gears of War previously only came to PC with the first game, and its Ultimate Edition. Even though Gears will release on both platforms, players won’t be able to compete against each other, cross platform. However, players will have a co-op verses mode that will allow PC and Xbox players to work together via the Xbox Play Anywhere program.

We don’t really balance the PC versus the Xbox, right, so they’re each kind of balanced independently,” Cleven said. “They’re all using the same core tuning; so, when we look at the PC players versus PC players, they can choose to use a mouse and keyboard or they can use a controller. That’s up to the PC players. On the Xbox, we tune the game internally with a controller, so everything is tuned to be balanced that way, and then we make sure that the two groups, when they’re playing competitively online, they aren’t actually playing with each other.

So in conclusion Xbox players will only play with other Xbox players unless they are playing a specific co-op mode, and the same with PC. One thing is for sure though, competitive gaming is about to get a brand new and action packed title.