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Microsoft releases new “Mad World” trailer for Gears of War Ultimate Edition

Mad World, a fan-favorite game trailer for the original Gears of War, has been recreated and released with the updated/improved visuals of Gears of War Ultimate Edition on the Xbox One.

The trailer set to the tune of Gary Jules’ Mad World originally released in 2006 in the build up to the first Gears of War’s release. It had a certain emotional touch that resonated well with fans and the recreation looks to do the same thing.

This latest iteration begins just the same as the one from ’06, but cuts to some more looks at the new gameplay and cutscenes.

Check out the nearly decade old trailer below:

Gears of War Ultimate Edition is taking the classic Gears of War trilogy and bringing them to Xbox One. The main game includes a new and improved version of the first Gears of War while download links will be available with the help of backwards compatibility to bring the entire Gears collection of Gears of War 2, Gears of War 3, and Gears of War Judgement to the current generation console.

Gears of War Ultimate Edition releases exclusively on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs August 25 for $39.99.

Also introduced recently is a new Gears of War-Xbox One bundle currently available for preorder for $349 (500gb console).

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Xbox One E3 2015 games recap | Halo 5, Mass Effect Andromeda, Gears of War, and more

“Boom”

That’s all Larry Hryb had to say to those watching the press conference when Microsoft unveiled a complete surprise announcement that will likely bode extremely well for them in encouraging Xbox 360 gamers to jump to Xbox One. Backwards compatibility was announced earlier today at their E3 briefing, and the reception has been almost universally positive.

Though the ability to play Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One marked the biggest news of the day, there was so many incredible games and more from their showing to give gamers ample reason to be excited for this holiday season and beyond.

Here is a collection of all the games shown at Xbox One’s E3 2015 briefing:

Games

Phil Spencer has reiterated time and time again of the importance of video games as the primary focus of the console and Xbox’s E3 showed some great returning IPs and notable new ones as well.

Halo 5: Guardians

While we’ve already got to see a bit of the multiplayer gameplay in the past Microsoft showcased some small information about the story’s direction and what playing in the recently revealed squad system that Halo 5 will introduce.

ReCore

Not much is known so far about this new IP and Xbox exclusive, but it has peaked the interested of some Xbox One owners and with good reason. The CGI trailer was done very well and with developers from Metroid Prime and the creator of the Lost Planet and Dead Rising games, Keiji Inafune, the game looks promising. Players will take on the role of one of the last remaining humans and work to “forge friendships with courageous robot companions and lead them on an epic adventure through a mysterious, dynamic world.”

No release date announced.

Gears of War 4

Outside of Halo, Gears of War may be the most treasured exclusive franchise and a new sage begins on the Xbox One. A Gears of War 4 gameplay trailer shows some new faces — as well as some new enemies, but the iconic factors of the franchise are still prevalent with the Lancer Assault Rifle and its accompanying chainsaw as well as the same dark tone of the gameplay. While the game doesn’t release until the holiday season in 2016, fans can get their Gears of War fix with a beta of available now on Xbox One!

Mass Effect: Andromeda

As the original Mass Effect is now brought to the Xbox One with the backwards compatibility feature now available on the new generation console, gamers who’ve never played the Mass Effect can get a taste of the series and build some excitement for the next installment in the franchise game. The trailer displays some of the world environments that players can look forward when it releases in Q4 2016.

Forza Motorsport 6

While a bit of Forza Motorsport 6 was leaked by the Japanese Xbox.com page, the new night racing and weather effects change give players some new experiences on top of the staple racing game of the Xbox platform. New 24 player online racing and some improved collision effects are also to come when it releases September 15.

The Division

While Tom Clancy’s The Division won’t be an Xbox One exclusive, this third-person shooter will be coming to Xbox One first as a free beta. Sign up here.

Gigantic

This highly stylized arena combat game from Microsoft with “freedom of movement, play-style choice, and towering Guardians makes 5×5 competition more accessible and fun than ever.”

Fable Legends

Fable started as an incredible franchise on the original Xbox and with the first two games receiving great praise, the series has struggled to reach same level of prestige as the first two. Fable Legends looks to change that with an emphasis on co-op play with a group of four players working together to survive and flourish in Albion later this year.

Id@Xbox Games

Microsoft’s desire for a greater indie library on their new generation console is coming to fruition with a plethora of new games ranging a vast assortment of genres and styles will give the Xbox One library a wonderful boost in it’s overall quality.


 

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Gears of War cinematic director moves from Epic Games to Black Tusk

With Microsoft taking full control over the Gears of War IP the cinematic director for Epic Games, Greg M. Mitchell will be moving on from Epic and will instead join Black Tusk studios to continue with working with the Gears of War franchise.

Epic Games was the original creator and developer for the Gears of War series, but the franchise was acquired by Microsoft Studios back in late January with a ton of excitement being expressed by the Xbox division.

“This franchise, and these fans, are part of the soul of Xbox. By acquiring this franchise, Microsoft Studios will continue to offer them more of their favorite games and entertainment experiences from the “Gears of War” universe.” – Phil Spencer (news.xbox.com)

Mitchell had worked with Epic Games since 2006, but his experience expanded beyond just the gritty third-person shooter. Mitchell was heavily involved in all projects to come out of Epic.

Though Cliff Bleszinski, the former head man at the old studio, has wished Mitchell the best of luck, it will still be interesting to see how the franchise continues without his oversight. Bleszinski has been working on his own new project creating a new free-to-play arena-shooter.

Mitchell had reported the news himself through his twitter account, but the details regarding his exact position within the new studio have yet to be discussed, but it’s reasonable to expect more of the same from the cinematics specialist.

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Is Gears of War deserving of a next-gen collection-style reboot?

Gears of War has fallen behind since the excitement of its last release
Gears of War has fallen behind since the excitement of its last release

Gears of War has been one of the cornerstone franchises for the Xbox 360, and while many fans are looking forward to the next installment of the franchise a question the Gears of War developer, Black Tusk Studios, must ask themselves how to re-invigorate the series. Could 343i’s Masterchief Collection prove to be the perfect course of action for their own next-gen game?

As 343 Industries preps the next-gen of Halo players for the continuation of the Halo universe, Gears of War has lost quite a bit of traction since their main installment of the franchise.

Releasing a combined collection of Gears of Wars 1-3 could prove vital to the continued success of the IP and 343 Industries has provided the perfect blue-prints to follow.

After re-playing the original Gears of War the game has surprisingly aged substantially. Very surprising considering the awe gamers were in among its initial release. An update to the graphics of the game, while maintaining the core game-play mechanics would be the best course of action to help fans fall in love with the story again.

Adding in every DLC map-pack, an intuitive combination of all multiplayer experiences together, and a beta invite to Gears of War 4 would be a perfect update to the franchise.