In a poll on Twitter, Gears of War 4 producer Rod Fergusson asked fans about Insane Mode, and whether it should be earned via beating the game, which had been how it was received before, or whether it should be available at start of game.
“Quick Poll – Gears 4 Insane Difficulty. You want to earn it by beating the game or play it right away?”
6,417 votes were cast, and with a resounding 63%, gamers have made it known that they want Insane Mod the moment they start up the game.
Now, as the game is not out yet, we won’t know whether this poll truly had an effect on development. However, it does seem unlikely that they would do this poll without at least considering it happening. And given the margin of victory, it would displease many if not given after being asked.