During a panel at San Diego Comic-Con, Gears of War co-creator Rod Fergusson announced that the upcoming Gears of War Ultimate Edition, a remake of the original Gears of War, will be bundled with the Xbox One. The bundle will begin appearing in select stores on August 25, the same day that Gears of War Ultimate Edition launches. Fergusson also stated that Ultimate Edition will be bundled with “every Xbox One sold” and should last until the end of the year.
The bundle will include an Xbox One with a 500GB hard drive, an Xbox One wireless controller and a digital download code for Gears of War Ultimate Edition. It will also include a special multiplayer skin for Cole, access to the Gears of War 4 multiplayer beta in 2016 and a 14-day trial for Xbox Live Gold. The bundle will retail for $349, the same price as a 500GB Xbox One without the free game included.
Even though Fergusson stated that Ultimate Edition would be bundled with “every Xbox One sold”, it seems that only the 500GB systems are included. The recently announced 1TB version of the console that retails for $399 seems to not qualify for the offer.
It seems like a smart idea to bundle one of Microsoft’s flagship franchises with the outdated 500GB version of the Xbox One to clear out inventory. Even though it’s only a remake, seeing a free Gears game on the box should help move some units to those who haven’t pulled the trigger on updating to the Xbox One yet.
Gears of War Ultimate Edition is scheduled to release on Xbox One on August 25 for $39.99. It has also been announced for PC, although no release date has been confirmed.