Leaked in April 2015, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition was confirmed in E3 2015 Microsoft's press conference. It was released worldwide for the Xbox One in North America... read more
Leaked in April 2015, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition was confirmed in E3 2015 Microsoft's press conference. It was released worldwide for the Xbox One in North America and Asian-Pacific countries on August 25, 2015, and in Europe on August 28.
Ultimate Edition will feature five chapters of the campaign that were originally exclusive to the PC version of the game, and players who purchased the Ultimate Edition will receive early access to the multiplayer beta of Gears of War 4, which is set to be released on April 18, 2016.
The re-mastered game was subsequently released for Microsoft Windows on March 1, 2016.
Gears of War Ultimate Edition was developed under the direction of series creator Rod Fergusson but is the first to be created at The Coalition, the Microsoft Studios studio charged with the continuation and development of the franchise following its acquisition by Microsoft from Epic Games in early 2014.
The remake took a total of 18 months, including pre-production, and included the remastering of over 3,000 art assets, original motion capture, and refinement of the control scheme. Only selected elements from the original were retained including the original score and voice performances. The remake's ending was also changed to show Myrrah, the Locust Queen.
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition received positive reviews from critics. The improved graphics, sound & minimum changes from the original game were heavily praised, but was criticized for it's AI problems & the dated campaign level design. Aggregrate review website Metacritic assigned a score of 85/100 based on 32 reviews.GameSpot also gave the game a score of 7.0 out of 10 due to the fact that there wasn't major changes to the game other than graphics. IGN also gave the game a score 8.5 out of 10. Jeff Gerstmann from Giant Bomb, who reviewed the original game when he was at GameSpot, gave the title a negative review. He criticized the game's AI and the campaign mode, noting that it "aged pretty poorly".