The Coalition Discusses Changes to the Locust in New Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Video

Developer The Coalition released on Friday a new video in its Remastering Gears of War series, offering an even deeper insight into some of the changes incorporated in the upcoming Gears of War: Ultimate Edition.

The latest instalment of Remastering Gears of War is focused on the Locust Horde, specifically how the developers brought on new ideas for improving the overall aesthetics of certain creatures, such as the Boomers and General RAAM.

Rod Fergusson, studio head at The Coalition, explains in the behind-the-scenes video (see below) how RAAM is one of the primary examples of a character being tweaked for the Ultimate Edition.

At the time of development on the original Gears of War, developer Epic Games introduced RAAM late into production, according to Fergusson, meaning that time constraint may have drastically altered what the original artist might have envisioned as the villain’s final design.

It’s for this very reason that Fergusson insisted that further time has been spent on reimagining RAAM for the Ultimate Edition, allowing players to witness a modernisation of the character’s “visuals, texture, shape, size and colouring,” while remaining “true to what RAAM was.”

Since the Ultimate Edition’s announcement at Microsoft’s 2015 E3 press conference, The Coalition has released multiple videos in the Remastering Gears of War series, including a focus on the gameplay experience, and also confirmed last month that the remastered title had officially gone gold.

During Gamescom this week, Microsoft and The Coalition revealed a new bonus incentive for purchasing the Ultimate Edition, as the title will come bundled with the original Gears of War, Gears of War 2, Gears of War 3 and Gears of War: Judgment.

The four Xbox 360 titles in the Gears of War franchise will add to the Gears of War 4 beta access included in the Ultimate Edition.

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition will launch on August 25 for Xbox One. Additionally, The Coalition has said that the Ultimate Edition will be coming to PC, but an official release date has not been confirmed.