During a panel at San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) this weekend, The Coalition, the studio helming the development of Gears of War Ultimate Edition, talked a bit about the PC version’s development. In a day and age where PC ports are typically treated as second-class citizens by developers, Rod Fergusson, the studio head working on Gears Ultimate, gave some details on the differences between the Xbox One version and the PC version of the game.
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition has been built with the PC in mind, with Fergusson reiterating that the new Gears remaster will support 4K textures, Direct X 12, uncapped framrate, and so on, according to DualShockers. According to Fergusson, the original PC version of Gears of War was a simple port of the Xbox 360 version. From all accounts, the PC version of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition won’t be a simple port of the Xbox One version.
The PC version of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition looks as though it’s been treated with the same kind of care a studio should give the game, with using the PC version and resizing it and “clamping down” on the assets to fit the Xbox One version, and not the other way around. The 4K textures aren’t just being realized up close, but go through the entire environment, which would give a much crisper, stunning view in direct contrast to the Xbox One version of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition.
Xbox One fans can still be happy to know that Gears of War: Ultimate Edition will include new content that was previously exclusive to the original PC release. This content, which is confirmed by IGN during its initial E3 reveal, will add about 90 minutes worth of gameplay to the campaign. If you’ve never played the PC port, you’re able to experience the chapters that were cut out of the Xbox 360 release.
Also revealed at SDCC is the fact Gears of War: Ultimate Edition will not release with Horde Mode in the game. According to a report on Polygon, this is purely because the enemies in Gears of War are less varied than Gears of War 2, in which Horde mode debuted. In addition, Fergusson didn’t want Gears of War: Ultimate Edition to turn into one of its sequels, saying they didn’t want to “creep too much into Gears of War 2 territory.”
While we know Gears of War: Ultimate Edition releases in August for Xbox One, no release date has been officially given for the PC version of the game. Excited for Gears of War: Ultimate Edition? Sound off in the comments below.
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