‘Gears Of War: Ultimate Edition’ Launch Trailer Is Not Quite ‘Mad World’

When Microsoft began showing off the cut-scenes for Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, the first thought that came to mind was, “It would be awesome if they remade the ‘Mad World’ trailer too.” A new “Mad World” launch trailer was released Monday for the Xbox One that is initially evocative of the original before it deviates into a tribute versus a remake.

The original “Mad World” trailer generated a tremendous amount of hype for the Gears of War release back in 2006. This was the Xbox 360’s first showcase game with Halo 3 still more than a year out and the trailer generated a significant amount of buzz at the time. You can check the original out below via YouTube user WoozySky.

While it’s not a remake of the “Mad World” trailer, the new opening is a nice touch with the original footage of Marcus kneeling over a puddle is re-used. However, it’s reversed so that Marcus looks down into the pool instead of looking up from it. This time he peers into the water and sees a reflection of his new Xbox One remake self; signifying the transition.

The rest of the trailer is a series of action-packed cut-scenes pulled directly from Gears of War: Ultimate Edition. They do not give the same vibe as the original “Mad World” trailer until the end when Marcus and Dom are surrounded by Locust and two massive Brumak are lumbering towards them. This is actually the final scene from the new opening cinematic, but it elicits the same kind of crazy hopelessness from the final scene in the original.

Gears of War Ultimate Edition Mad World Trailer (Xbox One)

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition launches on August 25 for the Xbox One with a Windows 10 PC release coming some time later in the year. The remake is being handled by The Coalition, formerly Black Tusk Studios.

The Coalition was tasked with Microsoft to bring Gears of War to the Xbox One following the purchase of the rights to the franchise from Epic Games. Producer Rod Fergusson was brought on board and he sees Ultimate Edition as a way for the new developers to immerse themselves and understand the fundamentals behind the gameplay while they work on Gears of War 4. It was also an opportunity to give the cut-scenes some new touches that wasn’t previously possibly due to a lack of time or resources.

Gears of War Ultimate Edition Mad World Trailer (Xbox One)

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition is built off the PC build of the original that included five chapters not originally included in the Xbox 360 release. It also comes with free backwards compatible copies of all four original Gears titles plus the opportunity to participate in the Gears of War 4 multiplayer beta scheduled for spring 2016.

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[Images via YouTube Xbox and WoozySky]