Cliff says, "There will be no Kryll or Berserkers in the game." Cliff claims that he wants gamers to have a new experience and not just treading on familiar ground. However, he goes on to say that,"They might work their way back in in the future in some new interesting way."
Brumaks are plentiful in the game and the article says that at some point late in the game, you will actually get to ride and take control of one.
The Butcher, a new Boomer class enemy, is a creepy looking dude. He wields a large cleaver and can take a lot of damage. The article doesn't state whether he is in the campaign mode, but he is at least confirmed for Horde.
Another new Boomer class enemy is the Grinder (dude wearing the Pope-type hat in the 'Rendezvous' trailer). They kinda look like a Boomer took a Theron guard's armor and they wield the new Mulcher and yell "GRIIIND!!!" before they strike.
The Mauler is yet another new enemy that looks really badass. They are giant Melee fighters that wield a flail along with a giant shield. Once again, it is unclear if they are in the campaign, but they are confirmed for Horde.
Taking General Raam's place is SKORGE, the leader of the Kantus caste. He looks REALLY badass and looks similar to a Predator. He wields a dual-bladed chainsaw staff. From the looks of the weapon based on the concept art that released, it breaks off into two separate pieces (ala dual-wielding "chainsaw axes".
If RAAM was Boba Fett then Skorge is Jabba the Hutt.
The Mulcher (gatling cannon) can overheat, so you have to time some presses of LB (Left Shoulder Button) to prevent it from doing so.
The other new weapon is the Mortar Launcher. The gun will also be placed in spots around the maps that will be "far away from the battle." You can fire it from the hip, but it will only kill you.
The gold Lancer can be earned without buying the Limited Edition (contrary to what Cliff has previously stated in an interview).
Those attending midnight releases will also get something special- The Golden Hammerburst. Yes, you can earn this one too.
Previously, it was thought that Gridlock and Subway would be the only Gears 1 maps making a return. Well, Epic is doing something different. There will be release day DLC that will contain those two previously mentioned maps along with Canals, Mansion, and Tyro Station (no Fuel Depot love just yet). These five maps will be free of charge, but the only way to get them is if you receive a voucher, which every NEW copy of the game will contain. Take that used game market. (Editor's Note: This is a brilliant move by Epic to ensure that NEW retail copies are sold instead of losing revenue from the resale market. This is a major shot across the bow of the used games market originally initiated with the Bikes DLC for Burnout Paradise. This will do a lot for the industry because it will change the status quo.)
Horde mode can be played on every multiplayer map, even the Gears 1 remakes.
Cliff hints that there will be new environmental hazards to take the place of the Kryll. One such hazard is that on the new multiplayer map titled "Avalanche". As you already know, there will be an Avalanche that will, "wipe out players and uncover new weapons (Mulcher & Mortar)."
In regards to the photo editor, it can be used by anyone who is either dead or in spectator mode. Epic claims that there will be monthly contests for best pictures and captions and such. However, the article says that the photo editor's features won't all be present on release day and will be made available through an update.
Tai and Dizzy, the two new members of Delta Squad, are separated from Marcus and Dom early in the game and are last seen in a stand-off against Skorge (on the Derrick & Grindlifts-level).
The main underground section you will be in is called the Hollows, which is home to the Kantus and Rockworms.