The Gears of War 4 release date won’t land until 2016 and the Gears of War Ultimate Edition release date won’t come until August. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t get your hands on the first Gears of War Xbox One release right now. You can, thanks to an open Gears of War beta.
Yesterday, Microsoft took the stage and announced a number of new products including Forza 6, new Halo 5 details, and two new installments in the popular Gears of War series of games.
The Gears of War 4 release for Xbox One is confirmed though the new entry into the series won’t be out until the holidays next year. A firm Gears of War 4 release date is not set in stone and it could be months before Microsoft and The Coalition confirm a specific date.
While we wait, Microsoft will release a remastered version of the first Gears of War for Xbox One. The game, titled Gears of War Ultimate Edition, will be coming to the Xbox One in late August. The game’s release date is confirmed for August 25th and on that day, Xbox One users will be able to get their hands on the final version of the game.
That said, those who don’t want to wait until August though can get their hands on the first Gears of War Xbox One release right now.
Microsoft has released a Gears of War Xbox One beta. It’s not a Gears of War 4 beta, it’s for the multiplayer portion of the Gears of War Ultimate Edition. The Gears of War Xbox One beta is open to the public though we think there are some things you need to know before taking the plunge.
Gears of War Xbox One Beta Ends This Month
The Gears of War Ultimate Edition beta will not last forever. In fact, it’s going to end in just a few short days so those who are interested will want to get on the horn.
Xbox One’s Gears of War multiplayer beta will last from June 15 at 11:00 AM PST until Tuesday, June 23 at 11:00 AM PST. At 11AM, the beta will cease to exist and you’ll have to wait for the final version of the game to come out in August.
Here are some other things to keep in mind, courtesy of Splash Damage and Microsoft:
Entry into the beta is a ROLL OUT process over a 24 hour period, it will not be instant or perfect! This is to ensure capacity isn’t overflowing and stability across the board. Please be patient as many people have not received both codes yet!
If you are a LEGACY user (receive codes via XBL msg for having played GoW 1-J and owning Xbox One), you should receive your codes by 7am 6/16. If you haven’t received one by now, then register on GearsofWar.com.
If you registered on www.gearsofwar.com, it will take a bit longer for you to receive your codes. Please be patient!
It’s Not Available Everywhere
It’s important to note that the Gears of War Xbox One beta is not available for all Xbox One users. The game is not available to download if you live in Germany, Korea, China and Japan. It’s not exactly clear why those regions are excluded but you’re not going to be able to argue at this point.
Gears of War Beta Rewards
The first Gears of War Xbox One beta comes with some perks that go beyond being able to play the game ahead of its release date in August.
In an effort to entice beta testers, Splash Damage and Microsoft are offering some Gears of War beta rewards. These rewards will be usable in the final retail version of the game. Here’s how the reward system breaks down:
Play every day to earn an exclusive weapon skin. This skin will be available to use only on that day, and will be granted in the retail version of the game to players who logged in that day to play.
Special Limited-Time Beta Reward: The “Cole Train” multiplayer character will be granted in the retail version of the game to players who log in during this specific time to play: Saturday, June 20th from 3:00 PM PST to 8:00 PM PST. Mark it down in your calendars!
There Are Already Problems
Before you dive into the game, know that there is a potential for problems. This is a beta after all. The developer itself says that “glitches, hitches, and even crashes may be present. Some Xbox Live features may not work correctly.” In other words, you’ll want to tread lightly.
We’re already hearing about some Gears of War Xbox One beta problems. The companies have experienced all sorts of issues with Xbox One users trying to redeem Gears of War beta codes and they’ve shared some steps to take if you run into a problem with your beta code.
Players are also posting their feedback on the Gears of War forums and they’ve pointed out problems like lag, glitching, a broken shotgun, lobby issues when trying to play with friends, a bleed out glitch, and more. None of this is surprising. These problems are the reason the companies have turned to the public for help. They want you to point these problems out.
It’s also important to note that while these issues might appear in the beta, there’s a good chance that the beta will ensure their absence in the final copy of the game.
You’re Encouraged to Share Feedback
Again, this is a beta. That means that its purpose is to help the developer squash bugs ahead of the release. So, if you play the beta, you’ll want to report feedback about the game so that engineers can patch up the issues ahead of its release. Splash Damage and Microsoft encourage feedback.
There are a few places to post feedback though the only page you’ll really need is this one. It contains all of the forum threads and it’s the place where you’ll need to go to post your feedback and encourage bug fixes. Before you complain, remember that this is an early version of the game. The developer wants constructive criticism and bug reports. It can do without the flaming.
Gears of War Ultimate Edition Beta
The first official Gears of War Xbox One release won't take place until later this year but that doesn't mean that you can't play right now.
Splash Damage and Microsoft are currently offering a Gears of War Ultimate Edition Beta that's open to the public. Those who own an Xbox One are invited to take part in the early multiplayer experience in order to help the companies engineers perfect the experience ahead of its release date.
There are some caveats that you must look into before getting excited though if you meet the requirements, you can start playing right now. We're excited to give this game a go ahead of its release and fans of the series would be wise to join the beta right now.