Look back at the original, ground-breaking Gears of War, and learn why The Coalition decided to take on modernizing and remastering this landmark game for Xbox One.

Cinematics Spotlight

Go behind the scenes and see how The Coalition is rebuilding Gears of War: Ultimate Edition from the ground up for a new generation. Get an inside look at how each cinematic moment of the legendary first Gears game was masterfully recreated.

The Gameplay of Ultimate Edition

The Coalition taps into the nostalgia and feel of the original, while bringing over the best elements from later games.  Leaving the fundamentals intact, the team surgically blended gameplay and game mode elements to give players the kind of experience they expect from modern gameplay.


The original Delta Squad was a rich set of characters with an iconic look.  So how do you stay true to the original, and still elevate them to a next-gen standard?  The Coalition asked themselves just that, and took on the challenge of bringing a beloved set of characters to the Xbox One.

The Locust

The Coalition paid honor to the original vision – the beasts from beneath - but took them to a new place.  The artists amped up the idea of subterranean monsters, and made them feel like the creatures that go ‘thump’ in the night.


Destroyed Beauty - a world burdened with the elements of time and war.  The Coalition understood the emotional tone of each level, and put special care to keep the inherent beauty and purposeful gameplay layout intact, while enhancing it with intimate detail.

Remastering Gears of War - Art Focus: Gridlock

The map that defined the Gears of War multiplayer experience.  Building on the legacy of the franchise, it was important to evolve the map visually without changing the gameplay.  The Coalition art team introduced dramatic new elements and detail, while remaining sharply focused on enhancing gameplay. 

Remastering Gears of War: Audio

Gears of War has a unique sound, and The Coalition didn’t want to lose any of that magic when remastering the original. So for Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, the Audio team focused on completely updating the sound design, and remastering the orchestral score – all in Dolby 7.1 Surround to fully immerse the player in the Gears of War experience.

Remastering Gears of War: Motion Capture

Brothers to the end

When The Coalition decided to remaster the cinematics for Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, they knew they would need to redo the motion capture for every scene. Using the original dialogue and collaborating with a talented group of actors, the team worked to breathe even more life into the characters – bringing an increased emotional depth to the story, and emphasizing the brotherhood of Delta Squad.