Gears of War: Ultimate Edition to grant players free access to entire franchise via backwards compatibility.
When it was announced at E3, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition sounded like a sweet deal. $40 got you a remastered singleplayer and multiplayer experience and granted access to the Gears 4 beta next spring. Still, some longtime fans of the series felt a little let down that the franchise wasn’t getting a remaster on the scale of the Master Chief Collection. Those qualms have been silenced today, though, as Microsoft and Xbox promise all who play Gears: UE before 2016 will have free access to Gears of War, Gears of War 2, Gears of War 3 and Gears of War: Judgement once they become available via backwards compatibility.
While this won’t be boosting the framerate or resolution of the 360 games, this is still fantastic news to series veterans and new-comers alike who want to experience the whole story.
Making this news just a little bit sweeter, Larry Hryb, Xbox Live’s Major Nelson just tweeted that preview members that own either Shadow Complex or the original Gears of War can expect to be able to install and play them later today. Talk about starting off the week with a big bang!
With the Xbox Gamescom presentation tomorrow at 10am EST, be ready for even more announcements from the Xbox team. Phil Spencer confirmed that we’ll see Crackdown gameplay, Scalebound will definitely be present and we might just get a release date for Quantum Break! If you’ll be too busy to watch the show, keep an eye on the Bear Claw Twitter feed as I’ll be live tweeting the event. Shortly after, I’ll even have a handful of recap articles to keep you up-to-date on all the Xbox announcements.
What do you think about the Gears of War: Ultimate Edition bonuses? Which Gears game do you look forward to playing on Xbox One the most? Feel free to let me know in the comments or on Twitter!