Despite a denial for a remaster of the whole series a month ago, sources over at Polygon are claiming that a remaster for at least the first Gears of War is happening on the Xbox One. Microsoft and Black Tusk Studios are knee deep in bringing back the first game in the franchise, giving it a much needed overhaul for the modern game scene. The game also will celebrate a 10-year anniversary this coming fall, and I just feel like a wretched old git.
The new version will have its graphics revamped and its cutscenes reworked entirely thanks to an animation studio called Plastic Wax. Polygon claims it was given a special look at the new games intro and reincarnation of the Locust invasion.
Sounds like quite a trip. While I might no longer be a fan of Gears of War, the original game is still a “modern” classic with its unusually strong world building and characterization on top of all the mindless violence. It was the entry point into HD gaming for a lot of people, myself included, and I can remember plenty of college get-togethers huddled around its multiplayer mode.
As a game made for its time and place, Gears of War still holds up nicely today and doesn’t especially need a remake. It was a sweet slice of the AAA gaming scene before it became the beast it is today, and it was also a kind of gateway from the older mystique of games into their modern day corporatization.
Of course, if Microsoft wants to go back to add a Horde Mode and tweak some of the gamplay mechanics, this is a remaster I could throw my weight behind. Gears of War 2 still reigns as the franchise’s highpoint in terms of gameplay, but with the mechanical improvements on top of the original’s world and storytelling, it would be tough to beat.
Polygon has updated its story too with further information regarding Brink and Dirty Bomb developer Splash Damage working on the remaster, and it claims to have seen the improved lighting and visuals in a few multiplayer screenshots.