Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Officially Gone Gold

Microsoft and developer The Coalition announced on Thursday that Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, the remaster of the 2006 critically acclaimed Xbox 360 third-person shooter title, has officially gone gold, meaning that development on the game has now been completed.

In addition to the announcement made on the Xbox Wire, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition is now available for digital pre-order and pre-download ahead of its release on August 25 for Xbox One.

With Gears of War: Ultimate Edition running at 1080p and 60fps — one of the many new improvements made upon the original title — The Coalition released a video featuring the opening cinematic (see below), highlighting the impressive visuals and a few subtle changes made by the studio in certain parts.

The Coalition has confirmed that the Ultimate Edition will have two different versions available at launch: Standard Edition and Deluxe Edition.

Retailing at $39.99, the Standard Edition’s pre-order bonuses include multiplayer skins for Adam Fenix and Civilian Anya and ‘Animated Imulsion Weapon Skin’ for the online.

Described as the “ultimate Gears experience,” the Deluxe Edition is priced at $59.99, encompasses all of the content featured in the Standard Edition, has Civilian Marcus Fenix and Aaron Griffin as playable characters in the online multiplayer and also includes the Deluxe Weapon Skin, which adds both regular and animated weapon skins to the title.

The Coalition will be doing a regular video series on GearsofWar.com called “Remastering Gears of War,” with the development team speaking about their experiences in remastering Gears of War and also some behind-the-scenes footage from the Ultimate Edition.

The first instalment of Remastering Gears of War can be viewed below.

Last month, The Coalition studio head Rod Fergusson confirmed that a beta for the recently announced Gears of War 4 will be bundled with Gears of War: Ultimate Edition.

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, which was announced at Microsoft’s E3 press conference last month, is also coming to PC, but an official release date has not been revealed.