What Black Tusk was working on before its latest game may always remain a mystery. Renamed and rebranded as The Coalition, the Canadian studio dropped what it was working on to become the Gears of War franchise’s forever home. The Gears of War 4 Xbox One release will mark a major development for the studio and Microsoft’s latest video game console.
The Gears of War 4 Xbox One release will mark the first time that a main new game in the series has harnessed the power of the Xbox One. The first three games in the series, all arrived for Xbox 360, and each of them are playable on Xbox One thanks to last year’s Gears of War Ultimate Edition release. Second, Gears of War 4 will become the poster-child for Xbox Live’s cross-platform reach. When users purchase a version on Xbox One, they’ll be able to play some modes alongside their friends on Windows PCs. It doesn’t hurt anything that Gears of War 4 looks to have amazing visuals and a story that’ll finally reveal what happened to protagonist Marcus Fenix after the bloody events of Gears of War 3.
The Gears of War 4 Xbox One release arrives on October 11th. Here’s what you need to know about the game’s launch on Microsoft’s premiere gaming console before it arrives.
Early Gears of War 4 Xbox One Release
Gears of War 4 is technically a mid-October release. Almost everyone that purchases it won’t be able to experience it until October 11th. That’s when digital copies unlock and physical versions of the game arrive on store shelves. Those that have pre-ordered the Ultimate Edition version of the game can expect to enjoy their new title days before that.
Beginning October 7th, anyone that purchases Gears of War 4 Ultimate Edition gets access to the game exclusively. Gears of War 4 Ultimate Edition comes in digital and physical versions for $99.99. Compare that with the $59.99 that the game costs without any upgrades.
Bundles for the Gears of War 4 Xbox One Release
With the major releases, Microsoft tries to make it as easy as it possibly can be to get started. Often times that translates into offering a console specific bundle for newcomers to buy. That way, users need only make a single purchase and they have everything that they need. The company outdid itself with the Gears of War 4 release.
It’s releasing not one or two, but three different Gears of War 4 Xbox One bundles. Launching on October 6th, there’s the Gears of War 4 Limited Edition 2TB Bundle. It costs $449.99 and has a blood-red paint job, with matching sounds from the game and an Xbox One controller that’s also blood-red. A download code for Gears of War 4 Ultimate Edition is included in the box The $349.99 Gears of War 4 1TB Console Bundle launches on October 11th. It includes a standard copy of the game.
Finally, there’s the Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Special Edition Bundle. It’ll sell for $299.99 beginning November 1st. The console and controller are both blue instead of white. Only GameStop will sell it.
The Many Different Editions of Gears of War 4 for Xbox One
As it has with console bundles, Microsoft has elevated its game when it comes to delivering editions. Gears of War 4 comes in a number of different versions, each with their own advantage and disadvantage.
Gears of War 4: Ultimate Edition includes a Steelbook case and access to the game’s season pass content. Again, it sells for $99.99. Of course, there’s the standard edition of the game too, which costs $59.99 and doesn’t including anything except pre-order bonuses. Both of these have physical and digital counterparts.
Finally, there’s the Gears of War 4 Collector’s Edition package. This version of the game comes with an 11-inch statue made by Triforce. The statue shows new series protagonist JD Fenix sitting atop a motorcycle. There’s also a lithograph and a key chain included in the package. The physical Gears of War 4 Ultimate Edition, complete with case and extras are also included. This version of the game costs $249.99.
Amazon has pre-orders of every version of Gears of War 4 available right now. GameStop has the standard and Ultimate Edition available. Remember, getting a digital version of Gears of War 4 unlocks a free version for your Windows 10 PC. This is part of Microsoft’s new Xbox Play Anywhere program.
Gears of War 4 Pre-Order Extras
Gear Packs are like trading cards, only they also unlock content for Gears of War 4’s multiplayer experience. Everyone gets the Brothers to the End Elite Gear Pack and the Vintage Del Elite Gear Packs. They unlock weapon skins and characters.
GameStop is also gifting those that pre-order the Vintage Reyna Gear Pack. Best Buy is giving users the free Gear Packs too. The Black Walnut Gnasher is exclusive to Best Buy and the Hot Rod Gnasher is exclusive to GameStop. The Warbird Gnasher is only available with pre-orders from Amazon. Pre-ordering directly through Xbox unlocks a Gears of War Ultimate Edition Character Pack.
From now until December 31st, anyone that purchases either a digital or physical copy of Gears of War 4 gets Gears of War, Gears of War 2, Gears of War 3 and Gears of War Judgement.
Gears of War 4 Xbox One Release Deals
All of the major retailers each have their way of convincing users to continue purchasing physical copies of games. Amazon Prime is slashing 20% off the cost of every Gears of War 4 pre-order users place, provided that they want a physical copy of the game. Best Buy is continuing to slash the cost of new games purchased there through its Gamers Club Unlocked program too. GameStop is giving users a $20 off code for future purchases if they pre-order there.
Good luck with the Gears of War 4 Xbox One release.