This week, a batch of Gears of War footage was leaked all over the internet, like the way Darryn leaks all over the inside of his pants when he reads erotic Batman fanfiction. Leaking stuff is very obviously going against the terms and conditions set out in the signed Non–Disclosure Agreements that accompany the opportunity to play very early code. Naturally, Microsoft is unhappy about the leaks. And they’re going to be punishing leakers.
While we still have no idea what Gears of War: Ultimate Edition really is; whether it’s a remastered collection or just the first game. What we do know, thanks to some leaky Brazilians is that it exists. And now, thanks to other leaky bits of the internet, we get to show it to you in action.
Just over a month ago, we surmised (based on conjecture, rumour and hearsay) that Gears of War was being remastered and re-released for the Xbox One – likely as a collection of the first three games (forgetting, rightfully, that Gears of War: Judgment even exists). Gears of War boss Rod Fergusson shot those rumours down shortly after they started circulating. It looks like he may have to dowse his conflagrant pants.
Another month, another batch of games to help justify having spent some dosh on that Xbox Live Gold account of yours. The Xbox platform has a new bunch of games out next month, and they’ve clearly ignored my idea to have a link for a free version of Forza Horizon 2 that is actually a link for an HD remaster of Ride To Hell: Retribution. Something about that idea being “not funny”. Pfft, what do they know, right? Here’s what you’re actually getting next month.
Halo: The Masterchief Collection for the Xbox One - aside from not really working as far as its multiplayer matchmaking goes - is a great example of a remastered HD collection done right. New textures and tech laid over the same great gameplay, with all of the main games bundled together for one low price. Rumours, speculation, conjecture and plain wishful thinking have pointed to similar treatment for Gears of War. With new Microsoft Studio Black Tusk hard at work readying a new generation sequel, this year would be the perfect time to drum up interest in the franchise anew. Could it happen? Maybe.
Despite not being able to rope in Epic Games, Microsoft and their own studio, Black Tusk, are hard at work on the next installment of the Gears of War franchise. We've known that for a while, and yet Black Tusk are playing their cards extremely close to the chest. So while we still won't get our first look at Gears of War today, it seems like it's making good progress.
I’m actually optimistic for a new Gears Of War game. Sure, Judgement may have wanted me to reinvent suicide as a group activity, but with the franchise now firmly under Microsoft control, I’m hoping that lightning strikes twice in much the same way that 343 Industries did with Halo 4. And whatever approach Gears Of War studio Black Tusk takes with the franchise, it’s going to be one that goes back to basics.
Sequels are a tricky thing. They're even tricker for studios with a massive, established fan base that thinks they know what they want for a sequel. That can make developers second guess some creative decisions that could end up being awesome new directions. So how is current Gears of War developer Black Tusk avoiding this? Why, by betraying you of course.
Way back when I first got an Xbox 360 console, one of my very first games that I had on the system was the original Gears Of War. Suffice to say, I had never ever played a game like it before. It was brutal, it was fast-paced and the action was relentless. And it was almost a very, very different game when it was first being developed.
There are just some things about Gears of War that you can’t hate. Cutting down a locust with the lancer ranks pretty highly, but getting to play a small piece of Thrashball with Augustus “Cole Train” Cole has to take the cake, and not because the ball was actually a massive bomb.
There are a few things we would have liked to see, but unfortunately didn’t. Let’s take a look at the game we thought we’d see a little of, but didn’t.
When the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 era started, publishers were quick to bundle older-gen games together, selling off a slightly HD collection of previously played titles that had been given a slap of 16:9 paint. With the new-gen, that’s not going to be a passing fad, although developers and studios are quick to call re-released games “Remastered Editions”.
Who’s up for another Gears of War game? I certainly am, although the last release, Gears of War: Judgement, was rather sub-standard. Black Tusk is now in charge of that franchise. And you can expect their GOW game to be ‘innovative’. Or better with Kinect (Citation Needed).
We all know that the future of gaming will be about new visuals, new waggle movement technology and games starring heroes who look like they pump more steroids in their veins than an entire gym locker room. Epic Games may have moved onto greener pastures, leaving Gears of War behind, but there’s a good reason for that. It’s because Epic lost interest in the franchise.