Buying the Gears of War: Ultimate Edition gets you the rest of the series for free

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Gears of War: Ultimate Edition is coming later this month, bringing a remastered, rejiggered version of the seminal Xbox 360 shooter to a new generation. It doesn’t seem like the rest of the games re getting the same sort of remaster treatment, but that hardly matters – because if you purchase the remaster early enough, Microsoft will be giving you the rest of the games in the series for free.

Yup. If you buy the Gears of War remaster, you’ll get Backwards compatibility-enabled versions of every other Gears of War game gratis; Gears of War2, Gears of War 3 and, ugh, Gears of War: Judgment. Plus the Xbox 360 version of Gears of War thrown in as well. That’s a sweet deal.

Remember, Xbox One owners playing backwards compatibility-enabled games will be able to play multiplayer with their Xbox 360-owning brethren, which means that Gears of War’s multiplayer is likely to get a triple-whammy of a resurgence. If you’ve not played the series now would, of course, be the perfect time to jump in and get your chainsaw-action on.

All you need to do is buy and play the game before the end of the year.

“Today, on the eve of gamescom, Xbox and The Coalition are excited to announce that all fans who purchase Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, or the Xbox One Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Bundle, will be able to unlock the entire Gears collection via Xbox One Backward Compatibility. By playing Gears of War: Ultimate Edition on Xbox Live from Aug. 25 through Dec. 31, 2015, you’ll get access to Gears of War, Gears of War 2, Gears of War 3 and Gears of War: Judgment in Backward Compatibility when it launches this fall.”

Last Updated: August 3, 2015

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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