PC gamers looking forward to the release of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition on Windows 10 can look forward to a longer wait. Xbox Head Phil Spencer confirmed that the third-person shooter will not see a simultaneous release on the Xbox One and PC.
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition came up at the end of the now epic Twitter Q&A session that Spencer held with fans on Tuesday. The very last question of the session was a back and forth between various fans about whether or not the game would be released for PC later or at the same time as the Xbox One. The Xbox boss cleared that up quickly.
@ArlessLewis @1stsaintinferno @KevPlaysGames @FameEnt2k Gears on Win10 is later than Xbox One version.Gears of War: Ultimate Edition is currently set for an August 25 release on the Xbox One. Spencer did not provide any more specificity on when the PC release might arrive, but I've reached out to Microsoft to try and obtain details.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) July 22, 2015
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition is being developed by The Coalition (formerly Black Tusk Studios), the same studio that is developing Gears of War 4. It's not terribly surprising that the PC release is at the same time as the Xbox One release since the studio is still relatively new and resources are being spread between getting the re-release of the original Gears out along with a new start of the franchise.
Additionally, Gears of War for Windows 10 was just announced during the E3 PC Gaming Show in June where Spencer was a presenter. There's been little mention of the PC release of the shooter since then, but we do know that it plans to support 4k textures and won't cap the framerate at 60 frames per second.
If the PC version of Gear of War: Ultimate Edition falls in the third quarter of this year or the early part of the fourth quarter, PC gamers likely won't likely grumble too much. If the release is pushed into 2016, you can bet on the grumbling intensifying.
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition is the remaster of the original Xbox 360 release of the shooter from 2006. However, it's actually closer to a remaster of the 2007 PC port. The Ultimate Edition will contain extra levels that were exclusive to the PC release at the time, which will add about 90 minutes worth of content.
Those looking to pick up an Xbox One for the game should check out the Gear of War: Ultimate Edition Xbox One bundle. The shooter comes free with the 500GB version of the console.
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