Microsoft has announced that the upcoming Gears of War: Ultimate Edition will include the entire original Gears of Wars series.
The additional games come courtesy of the Xbox One new backwards compatibility with Xbox 360 games, announced at E3. These game are in addition the remastered Ultimate Edition of the original Gears of War.
From the official announcement:
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. In Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, you'll get the complete remastering of the original game – painstakingly reimagined from the ground up with stunning next-gen graphics, recaptured and rebuilt cinematics, new achievements and modernized gameplay for an even better experience. And don't forget the new maps, modes and missions, early access to the Gears of War 4 multiplayer beta, new Achievements, improved haptic feedback and an additional difficulty level – it's a must-have for every Gears fan and part of the greatest games lineup in Xbox history.
All Gears of War titles will be supported on Backward Compatibility when it launches publicly this fall. This means if you own Gears of War, Gears of War 2, Gears of War 3 orGears of War: Judgment on Xbox 360, you'll be able to play them on your Xbox One and utilize some of your favorite next-gen features like Game DVR, Snap, screenshots and more. You can even keep all your previously-saved files, game add-ons, achievements and play with friends on Xbox Live no matter which Xbox console they're on. For those of you in the Xbox One preview program who just can't wait, the original Gears of Waris available today in Backward Compatibility.
Sounds like Gears of Wars: Ultimate Edition will be the definitive franchise product when it is released on Aug. 25.
The announcement comes just before the start of Gamescom in Cologne, Germany on Aug. 5, and Microsoft is promising more big announcements to come.