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Wooo! Here comes the Cole Train!

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Gears of War: Ultimate Edition

Wooo! Here comes the Cole Train!

Another day, another HD remaster.

This time it’s the Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, a 1080p, 60 frames-per-second high definition remaster of the original Gears of War, which was released on Xbox 360 way back in 2006.

After Cliffy B – Cliff Bleszinski, the driving force behind Unreal and Gears of War – departed Epic Games in 2012 to take a break from game development, the remaster reigns were handed over to The Coalition.

“Who?” I hear you asking. Quite right.

The Coalition were once known as Microsoft Vancouver, before changing their name to Black Tusk Studios in late 2012. When Microsoft acquired the rights to Gears of War from Epic Games in 2014, Microsoft hired Rod Fergusson – who, after exec-producing the original Gears of War trilogy did a short stint on a little game called BioShock Infinite – and the resulting studio became The Coalition.

Are they named after the Coalition of Ordered Governments on Gears of War, or is it because the studio has been born out of a meld of other studios, talent and franchises? We’ve honestly got no idea but the heat is on, with their first title proper being the Gears of War: Ultimate Edition (the HD remaster of the original Gears of War) before the highly anticipated Gears of War 4 is released in 2016.

No pressure then, guys!

But as you can see from the comparison video above, the Gears of War: Ultimate Edition looks bloody awesome, so we might not have to worry.


Gears of War: Ultimate Edition is coming to Xbox One next month – pre-order it now from Amazon.

Excited for Gears of War 4 in 2016? You can pre-order that, too!


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