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Before Microsoft officially revealed Gears of War: Ultimate Edition at this year’s E3 Expo, there was a rumor floating around that the publisher was actually working on a multi-game Marcus Fenix Collection. That rumor was quickly shot down by The Coalition’s Rod Fergusson, but today’s announcement might be the next best thing.
Writing on the Xbox Wire, Microsoft has announced that everyone who purchases Gears of War: Ultimate Edition before December 31, 2015 will receive Gears of War, Gears of War 2, Gears of War 3, and Gears of War: Judgment for the Xbox 360 for free. And with the Xbox One’s upcoming backwards compatibility update, all four games will be playable on the publisher’s newest console this Fall:
All Gears of War titles will be supported on Backward Compatibility when it launches publicly this fall. This means if you own Gears of War, Gears of War 2, Gears of War 3 or Gears of War: Judgment on Xbox 360, you’ll be able to play them on your Xbox One and utilize some of your favorite next-gen features like Game DVR, Snap, screenshots and more. You can even keep all your previously-saved files, game add-ons, Achievements and play with friends on Xbox Live no matter which Xbox console they’re on. For those of you in the Xbox One preview program who just can’t wait, the original Gears of War is available today in Backward Compatibility.
This is just the first of many Gamescom announcements Microsoft has on tap for this week, so stay tuned for more.
Microsoft is prepping another Xbox One System Bundle and its meant to honor the re-release of a classic coming out next month. Can you guess what it is? If you said Rare Replay, I like your style, but you’re wrong. Instead, Microsoft will bundle together a digital download of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition and an Xbox One system on August 25.
In addition to the game, the Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Xbox One Bundle will include a 500 GB Xbox One system, an Xbox One Wireless Controller (with a 3.5mm headset jack), “early access” to the Gears of War 4 Multiplayer Beta, the “Superstar Cole” multiplayer skin, and a 14-day Xbox Live trial.
As part of their 2015 Comic-Con presentation, Studio Head Rod Fergusson also unveiled a behind-the-scenes video documenting The Coalition’s work on remastering the game’s cinematics. The video is the first in a nine-part series detailing the game’s development, so expect to hear plenty more from Fergusson’s team before Gears of War: Ultimate Edition’s August 25 launch.
Rod Fergusson, the Studio Head at The Coalition, dropped by the first-ever PC Gaming Show on Tuesday to announce that the Gears of War: Ultimate Edition is also in development for the PC. According to Fergusson, PC gamers can look forward to playing the remastered version of Gears at 4K resolution with an unlimited refresh rate. The game will also include DirectX 12 support for a smoother experience. Finally, mouse and keyboard control will be implemented alongside the standard allotment of Xbox controllers (Xbox 360, Xbox One, and the brand new Xbox One Elite).
Gears of War was originally released for the PC back in 2007, however, all three sequels remained exclusive to the Xbox 360. But when asked if PC gamers should gear up for future Gears of War releases on the platform, Fergusson sounded hopeful: “Nothing to announce yet. That’s something I’ll be happy to talk about at a later time.”
The remastered shooter will be available for the Xbox One on August 25, but a release date for Gears of War: Ultimate Edition on the PC has yet to be confirmed.
Finally pulling back the curtain on the worst-kept secret in gaming, Microsoft has announced that Gears of War: Ultimate Edition will be released for the Xbox One on August 25.
To make this the biggest version of Gears of War ever available, Microsoft and The Coalition will add five campaign chapters to the Ultimate Edition that were previously only available on the PC version. An extensive visual upgrade, running at 1080p, will also make the game look better than ever before.
Fans who can’t wait to dive back in to Gears of War won’t have to wait long, Microsoft also announced that a public multiplayer beta test is now available to download through the Xbox Games Store. As long as you’ve got an Xbox Live Gold subscription, you’re good to go.
“What’s next for Gears of War” will debut at E3 2015 as Black Tusk Studios changes its name to The Coalition
Black Tusk Studios is no more. From this day forward, the studio will be known as The Coalition (an allusion to the Coalition of Ordered Governments (COG) from Gears of War lore). The name change is designed to better convey The Coalition’s dedication to the Gears of War franchise, much like the public links the Halo series with 343 Industries and Turn 10 with the Forza franchise. The Studio Head of The Coalition, Rod Fergusson, further explained the reasons behind the name change in the video above. He also introduced the developer’s new logo.
And speaking of the Gears of War franchise, over on the Xbox Wire, Microsoft has promised that “what’s next for Gears of War” will be revealed on Monday, June 15 during their E3 2015 “Xbox Daily” show at 7:00 PM (Eastern Time). We don’t know if they’ll be announcing the Gears of War: Ultimate Edition or Gears of War 4, but fans of the franchise are surely excited all the same.
The Coalition is actually the second name change for the former “AAAA” developer. Before it took on the Black Tusk moniker in 2012, the studio was known as Microsoft Vancouver. They’ve yet to release a game under any name, but it’s only a matter of time now.
Microsoft is having a terrible time keeping Gears of War: Ultimate Edition secret. First, a source close to the development team confirmed the game’s existence last month. And today, Polygon has gotten their hands on a number of leaked videos that showcase the game’s remastered graphics:
The videos, apparently captured with Xbox One’s DVR capabilities, were quickly removed from several sites that automatically pull Xbox One recordings from the cloud, but not before they were grabbed by viewers and reposted elsewhere.
The videos appear to show a Gears of War with improved lighting effects, textures and framerate [than] the Xbox 360 original.
Rather than sit back and repeat “No comment” until this whole thing blows over, Microsoft went to work banning all the testers responsible for the leak. Polygon is reporting that the testers, who are employed by an outside testing service, have had their Xbox Live accounts banned as well as all of their “Xbox One privileges” (and I do mean all, Microsoft has supposedly effectively made their Xbox One consoles “unusable” online):
Microsoft also permanently disabled their Xbox LIVE accounts (as well as other suspected accounts present on their Xbox One kits) and temporarily blocked all of their Xbox One privileges – meaning that for a period of time which Microsoft decides on depending on the severity of the offense, their Xbox One is entirely unusable.
I guess the moral of the story is… don’t break non-disclosure agreements. Of course, the more important takeaway from this tale is that Gears of War: Ultimate Edition is real and its coming soon.
You might not know it, but Brazilians love video games, and the country is fast becoming a major player in the video game industry. Like many countries, Brazil evaluates games released in the country for their content and age-appropriateness. But in their zeal to process submissions, the Classificação Indicativa (Advisory Rating) Board just inadvertently revealed two heavily-rumored remakes.
According to the Advisory Rating Board, Microsoft is working on a Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for a 2015 release. Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard about a Gears of War remake. Just last month, a source close to development told Polygon that Splash Damage was developing the game for the Xbox One. Those rumors were preceded by comments from Microsoft’s Phil Spencer that further hinted at a Gears of War remake. If it’s not happening, then Microsoft fooled a lot of people.
The Advisory Board also blew the lid off of Dishonored: Definitive Edition from Bethesda. Bethesda’s Pete Hines referred to Dishonored as “[the start of] a new franchise” in 2012, so clearly Bethesda has plans in place for another game in the series. With their first-ever E3 Showcase right around the corner, if its too early to talk about a Dishonored sequel, a remake of the original game could still raise some eyebrows.
Obviously, this snafu by the Brazilian Advisory Rating Board should not be considered confirmation that either of these games are in development. However, I think this isn’t the last we’ve heard of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition or Dishonored: Definitive Edition.
Microsoft has gone back and forth for over a year now about the possibility of a Gears of War remake on the Xbox One. According to a new report on Polygon, it looks like the pendulum has officially swung back to the “let’s do it” side.
Citing unnamed sources close to the project, Polygon said the remastered game will include “updated visuals and reworked cutscenes.” After the story went to press, an additional update revealed development on the game is currently taking place at Splash Damage. The developer, best known for Brink and Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory, recently posted a variety of job listings on their Careers page looking for employees to work on a “very well known and highly popular AAA title with next gen technology.”
Microsoft acquired the Gears of War franchise from Epic Games last January. At the time, Microsoft’s Phil Spencer said, “I think if you look at what we did with 343 and getting them up to speed for Halo 4, you can maybe anticipate some things that are similar to that.” Many people assumed this meant a Gears of War remake was on the way, just as Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary was released shortly after Microsoft purchased the rights to Halo from Bungie.
Rod Fergusson, the Studio Head of Black Tusk Studios, seemingly put the kibosh on this rumor (via Twitter) last month. But Fergusson specifically said there was no “Marcus Fenix Collection” in development, which means he was telling the truth if only the first game is being remade.
Whatever happens, we’ll probably find out for sure at this year’s E3 Expo… if not earlier.