My proudest achievement is the ‘Seriously..’ achievement from the original Gears of War on Xbox 360, and I still have it as my profile picture on Xbox One. That being said, I keep thinking about the recent scoop that the original Gears of War is definitely getting a remaster. We do not know for sure yet if it is only Gears of War that is getting remastered, but news wise this is how Black Tusk is making it seem. So my question is:
How much demand is there for a Gears of War remaster?
The Master Chief Collection is a compilation of 4 games including all of the DLC, which makes me wonder if Microsoft would be bold enough to release this game for $60. Gears of War will be a full remaster of the campaign and multiplayer, although the multiplayer modes have been renamed and changed to keep up with the times. Black Tusk is also updating the visuals and animation studio Plastic Wax is reworking the cut-scenes, but I am hoping the game is $40 or less if it does not include the sequels. There was so much value in the Master Chief Collection and Gears of War remastered by itself will look bleak when alongside Sony’s presumed all 3 Uncharted remasters.
Gears fans have not had a proper Gears game since Gears of War 3 September 20th, 2011–no Judgement does not count– which will make it 5 years if Gears of War 4 releases in 2016. We are used to getting them every 2-3 years, but of course all of the turmoil with Cliffy B. and Epic games upset the development cycle. Black Tusk has stepped up their Gears game though, and they seem very confident and are involved in producing Gears of War 3 community tournaments. What also gives me confidence is that Rod Fergusson–the master-god of weapon balance–was promoted to manager of Black Tusk Studio.
‘In Rod we Trust’
I am hoping all of these points are indication that the Gears of War remaster will be a truly exciting return to a soon to be 10 year old game. Is it going to be enough for an already remaster over saturated market? Will Microsoft have the stones to release 1 remastered game for $60, and how could they possibly justify that? Also, have the general public lost interest after Judgement, and will most people want to throw their money at a Gears remaster this holiday season with all of the other choices out there? It seems it would be in Black Tusk’s best interest to release the game in Spring 2016, but then agian it would be too close to Gears of War 4 release date unless Gears 4 will actually release in Spring 2017. Furthermore, could this possibly be one of those exciting, ‘This game is available now!’ E3 Microsoft press conference announcements?
I will buy an original Gears of War only remaster day one, and I am hoping Microsoft fully backs it so it does not flop onto the market with broken multiplayer like the Master Chief Collection did.
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