The Coalition studio head Rod Fergusson has revealed why exactly we’re only getting Gears of War: Ultimate Edition instead of The Marcus Fenix Collection. In the end, it was time and resources that forced the studio to remaster only one of the Gears of War games.
Fergusson delivered the news to fans at San Diego Comic-Con during a panel, which GameSpot attended:
“It’s really hard work [to remaster an entire series]. It takes a long time. It took us in the end 16-18 months to do the first one, and to try and do three games… How many people would we need to have? It just wasn’t logistically or physically or technically possible. For us it was really about what can we do, what can we focus on.”
With the Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection compiling all games in the franchise into one collection, many fans expected The Coalition to do the same with Gears of War. Instead, the studio opted to remaster the one title and use that experience to get better acquainted with the Gears of War franchise. After all, they are the Gears of War developer now.
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition is out August 25 on Xbox One. A PC version is in development with a release date to be announced sometime in the future. Gears of War 4 is out fall 2016 exclusively on Xbox One.