Gears of War: Ultimate Edition is getting the entire remastered treatment. Everything from art assets to gameplay mechanics is getting attention. One area I’ve been waiting to see is cinematics.

The Coalition, dev team behind Gears of War Ultimate Edition, released a behind the scenes video about recreating Gears of War’s cinematics.

Rod Ferguson, studio head of The Coalition, sat down with cinematics director Kyle Gaulin to figure out ways the team could improve the cinematics in Gears of War.

“What was the intention?” It’s a question Ferguson asked himself as he watched Gears of War’s cinematics.

One scene The Coalition points to is Ram’s execution of Min. Building your hatred of Ram is something the original developers wanted to portray. With Gears of War Ultimate Edition, The Coalition builds on that emotion further by tweaking the scene.

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Ferguson talks about how the new scene “puts more meaning into Min’s death. That he didn’t actually get caught by surprise. That he actually saw the threat and attempted taking it head on, still to no avail.”

The remastered cinematics look fantastic. I love seeing how developers revisit cinematics in older games. My favorite part of Halo: MCC was playing Halo 2 with the remastered cinematics.

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition comes with every Xbox One at release

The other big news from Comic-Con was Gears of War: Ultimate Edition coming with every Xbox One starting August 25. That’s one way to guarantee a healthy multiplayer population for Gears of War: Ultimate Edition.

The Xbox One Gears of War: Ultimate Edition bundle comes with a 500GB Xbox One, wireless controller and a digital download of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition. There’s also a Superstar Cole multiplayer skin, 14-day Xbox Live trial and guaranteed access to the Gears of War 4 multiplayer beta.

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition kicks off the fall onslaught of games on August 25th.


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