Gears of War is popping out of its emergence hole for its debut on Xbox One, with the Ultimate Edition packing free downloads of the entire Gears of War franchise.
While only the first Gears of War is getting an overhaul with new art, cutscenes and a complete multiplayer package running at 1080p and 60fps (Sadly, the campaign is still 30fps), Ultimate Edition players can download the Xbox 360 versions of the entire trilogy – plus the polarizing prequel, Gears of War: Judgement.
You’ll have to play Gears of War: Ultimate Edition on Xbox Live sometime between its launch on August 25 and December 31, 2015 to unlock the bonus downloads of the less ultimate Xbox 360 editions of Gears of War, Gears of War 2, Gears of War 3 and Gears of War: Judgment ( developed by Bulletstorm developer, People Can Fly). The games should become available for play and download as soon as Microsoft rolls out the first wave of backwards-compatible Xbox One games this fall.
According to Microsoft, every Gears of War game will also be available separately via the backwards compatibility program, so you’ll be able to drop in the discs and play if you already have them. If not, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition just became especially attractive to series newcomers who are unfamiliar with active reloads, roadie runs and the not-so-distant revving of a chainsaw bayonet.
What do you think of this gargantuan deal on the Gears of War franchise? Would you rather every Gears game be remastered or was The Coalition smart to not make the same mistakes that 343 Industries did with The Master Chief Collection? Let us know in the comments.