‘Gears of War’ to get Remaster Treatment

One of Xbox’s biggest franchises is following Halo’s footsteps – hopefully jumping over the mistakes

Luckily for fans of chainsaw donning macho men, game news site Polygon received a tip yesterday saying the original Gears of War game will becoming  Xbox One this fall with the full remaster treatment. Shortly before the story broke, a couple photos like the one below popped up online making many wonder if a remaster truly was happening or if this was simply an elaborate prank.

A less than gorgeous photo of the apparent beta build menu
A less than gorgeous photo of the apparent beta build menu

As for the actual remaking of the game, it is being reported that the company Splash Damage (the team behind Brink and Batman Arkham Origins multiplayer) will be working on updated graphics and visuals while a company called Plastic Wax will be reworking and remaking the game’s cinematics. Polygon went on to say that they were even shown screens of Plastic Wax’s reworked opening cinematic.

In an article update, it was revealed that the game will also run at 60fps. While the resolution wasn’t mentioned in the piece, it would be surprising if the 2006 game didn’t run at 1080p as well. Whether the remaster is just the original or all three of the core games in the franchises remains unclear. However, in March, Black Tusk studio head Rod Fergusson denied rumors of a Gears collection when he tweeted “I love the passion, but there’s no Marcus Fenix Collection.” Whether Fergusson was simply trying to prevent spoiling a surprise or if he was being honest will undoubtedly be revealed at E3 in June.

Gears of War protagonist Marcus Fenix looking as grizzled as ever
Gears of War protagonist Marcus Fenix looking as grizzled as ever

After hearing about the apparent beta for the remaster, Gears of War creator, Cliff Bleszinski, who has since left the franchise, called a remaster a “no brainer” in a tweet. According to Kotaku’s coverage, the same people who leaked the above photos got to play a beta build that feature the following modes: Team Deathmatch, King of the Hill, One Life 1v1, Shotgun Team Deathmatch, 1v1 Sudden Death Gnashers Only, 4v4 Team Deathmatch Single Round, and 4v4 King of the Hill Single Round. Before fans of the ‘Warzone’ and ‘Execution’ game modes panic, it is important to remember that this an extremely small beta that is likely only meant for stability testing. It would be absurd to not feature the game’s most popular game modes in a remaster, so fear not!

To help you get hyped for the remaster, check out the chilling original trailer from nearly a decade ago:

While Microsoft and Black Tusk have yet to make a comment about the leak, it can be assumed that the game will get a full reveal at E3. For extended coverage, check out Polygon’s full article here.


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