The next installment in the Gears of War series, Gears of War 4, will be available very soon on Microsoft’s premier gaming console of this generation, the Xbox One. However, there is an added bonus gamers will get with the fourth installment, as the previous four titles in the Gears of War series will be included with their purchase for a limited time.
According to a promotion showcased on the official website for Xbox, the page dedicated for Gears of War 4 states that for a limited time, the game includes the entire Xbox 360 Gears of War Collection for use on Xbox One. From the looks of it, the previous four games in the Gears of War series that released on the Xbox 360 — Gears of War, Gears of War 2, Gears of War 3, and Gears of War: Judgment — will be free to download with the purchase of Gears of War 4.
Online purchases of the upcoming game might come with codes to download the first four games, but it is unknown how they will be available for gamers who purchase physical copies. Some possible ways to get physical copy owners of Gears of War 4 the Gears of War Collection on Xbox 360 include having the four games on discs included with the game, providing download codes, either in the case or on the receipt, or the game’s download authenticating free downloads of the Gears of War Collection on Xbox 360.
To be fair, including the Gears of War Collection on Xbox 360 free for a limited time with the purchase of Gears of War 4 is a very smart move. Though the official fourth installment is technically a new story, there will be details within the game that gamers who have never played the first four games will not understand. For example, gamers who have never beaten Gears of War 3 will not understand the relationship between Marcus Fenix and Anya Stroud, two major characters first introduced in the first game. Even the downloadable content (DLC) would confuse some gamers. Why is Dominic Santiago a zombie? Well, it makes sense for gamers who played Gears of War 3.
As for what Gears of War 4 is about, it is the fifth title in the series, and fourth in the official story line. The game takes place 25 years after the Imulsion Countermeasure weapon destroyed all Imulsion on Sera, which means all the Locusts and Lambent were obliterated. Unfortunately, the move knocked out all fossil fuels so humanity had to find other ways to survive. Given their scarce numbers of only hundreds of thousands left, humanity has to do whatever they can to prevent extinction, which includes the Coalition of Ordered Governments (COG) making the remaining humans live in walled-off cities, incorporating martial law, and preventing travel outside of cities. Some humans rejected the COG and their reforms and now live outside the walled cities. They often raid COG territories to gather resources for themselves.
Humanity is now fighting against the rest of humanity, but the story specifically centers on the next generation of humans after Marcus Fenix and Anya Stroud: their son J.D. Fenix, and his friends Delmont Walker and Kait Diaz. And to make matters worse, they have other problems to worry about as new enemies reveal themselves as shown in the latest trailer, as previously reported by the Inquisitr.
Gears of War 4 will release worldwide on Thursday, October 11, on the Xbox One. What makes this Gears of War title different from the other four is the fact that Epic Games, the developer known for making the series in the first place, will not be developing. Instead, a new company, a subsidiary of Microsoft known as The Coalition, will develop it.
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