This game was released on August 25, 2015 and is no longer available to pre-order. Any incentives that were offered are listed below.
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition is a 1080p remaster of the original game from nearly a decade ago which includes five campaign chapters never released on Xbox, modernized multiplayer running at 60 FPS (campaign is still 30 FPS), a total of 19 maps, updated controls tuned for Xbox One, and new Xbox Live achievements. There also are five Gears of War comic books which can be unlocked and read in-game.
Perhaps most impressively, all Xbox One versions of GoW: UE (Standard, Deluxe, or Bundle) come with free access to the whole Gears collection via Xbox One Backward Compatibility, which is set to launch in full this November. All you have to do is play the Ultimate Edition on Xbox Live any time from August 25 to December 31, 2015, according to Xbox Wire. In addition, buying the game grants the owner access to the Gears of War 4 Beta when it launches in 2016.
All copies of Gears of War: UE include Civilian Anya Multiplayer Skin and Animated Imulsion Weapon Skin for use in competitive multiplayer matches. Pre-order customers will receive a token to download these after the game is released. The retailer-specific pre-order incentives also consist of additional multiplayer skins:
- GameStop: Savage Grenadier Elite and Savage Kantus
- Amazon: Savage Theron Guard
- Best Buy: Golden Hunter
- Xbox Live: Adam Fenix
Microsoft Store might be worth a mention as well; while they don’t have any exclusive skins to offer, they are giving away $10 Xbox gift cards with every copy.
The digital Deluxe Version of the game costs $59.99 instead of $39.99 but comes with 10 Animated Weapon skins, 36 Standard Weapon skins, and two bonus multiplayer characters: Civilian Marcus Fenix, and Aaron Griffin.
The Ultimate Edition will be available on Windows 10, albeit at a later date than the upcoming launch on Xbox One. It will likely be one of the very first PC games to run on DX12. Where the console release is limited to 1080p, the PC version offers 4K resolution, unlimited framerate, and full mouse and keyboard support.
Behind the Scenes
This four-minute trailer explains how the original Gears of War was rebuilt for the next gen with new assets and additional content.
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition is set for an August 25 release.