Gears Of War 2 is a third-person shooter video game published by Microsoft Studios. It is the sequel to Gears Of War and was released worldwide November 7, 2008. The game uses a heavily upgraded version of the Unreal Engine 3. Gears Of War 2 takes place after the first game, where the Locust are attempting to sink Jacinto Plateau, and the COG forces have decided to launch a counter-offensive to stop them before they can complete their attempt. Ultimately the COG sinks Jacinto themselves to flood the home of the Locust (the Hollow) and drown them.