Gears of War: Ultimate Edition hits this month, but even once that’s over with, we’re not nearly done with Gears yet. There are three more games to play through, and we don’t even have to get out our old consoles to play them.
Anyone purchasing Gears of War: Ultimate Edition this year between its release date on August 25 and the end of the year, December 31, 2015, will get access to Gears of War, Gears of War 2, Gears of War 3, and Gears of War: Judgment as part of Xbox One’s backward compatibility when that goes live this fall. The deal goes for anyone who simply plays the game on their console, so passing your copy around should grant access to non-owners, too.
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition is a full overhaul of the original game – same weapons, stages, battles, and even physics, but with a coat of paint that looks how you remember Gears looking, not how it actually looks. These four games are the Xbox 360 originals, but with the added benefits of things like Xbox One luxuries (Game DVR, for example) and not having to haul out your old console.
Microsoft hasn’t yet announced a firm date for the backwards compatibility functionality, but they continue to reiterate that it is coming this fall, so a delay seems unlikely. This is the third game I can think of so far to offer Xbox 360 games as a buy-in bonus – Fallout 4 pre-orders come with Fallout 3, and Rainbow Six Siege brings both of the Rainbow Six Vegas games along for the ride. The difference here is that this isn’t a pre-order bonus. This is for everyone who so much as boots up Gears of War: Ultimate in their console. And, of course, anyone who simply owns the games will be able to put them into their Xbox One and play them, as well, without buying the game.
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition hits Xbox One on August 25, 2015, with the PC version coming along a bit later.