Gamers are often left wondering why games they’d love to see updated to modern visuals never seem to get remasters, like Resident Evil 2. In other cases, sometimes one game from a series will get the remaster treatment, but all subsequent sequels will be ignored.
The latter is true of the Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, which has left many gamers wondering why only the first entry of the Gears of War series would be remastered. Today at San Diego Comic-Con, developer The Coalition shed some light on their choices.
The Coalition evidently understands that some fans are perturbed that the Gears of War: Ultimate Edition will only include a remaster of the first game. Rod Ferguson, studio head of The Coalition explained that while the developer would like to make fans happy by creating remastered versions of all of the games, they explained that it wasn’t feasible. Remaking the first Gears of War took between 16-18 months for the team to complete, so working on all three would require even more time and manpower to get it all finished.
He also went on to note that the remaster served to get The Coalition’s development team acquainted with the original game’s style and overall game mechanics (which was originally developed by Epic Games) before moving on to Gears of War 4. While some fans may not be satisfied by this reasoning, at the very least it goes to show that a great deal of time and effort has gone into the remaster of the first game, and it should hopefully hone the team’s focus on what fans want in Gears of War 4.
While having remasters of all the games would have been ideal, hopefully focusing on just one Gears of War game means that The Coalition will avoid blunders that similar multi-game remasters have created. For example, Konami’s HD Silent Hill collection, which included Silent Hill 2 and 3, was full of major visual problems and nearly unplayable at launch. While remasters often just seem to have a little extra visual polish from the point of view of a gamer, a lot of effort goes into making them look better and play better than their predecessors, and rushing the process often results in new problems in the remastered versions that didn’t exist in the originals.
Gears of War fans are going to get a remaster of the first entry to the series, and if The Coalition is to be believed, it’ll be properly polished and a sight to behold. Additionally, their idea of having the team learn what fans loved about the series to begin with from the ground up is a really great notion, and hopefully should help to make Gears of War 4 great.
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition is scheduled for release on August 25, 2015 for the Xbox One, with a PC release to follow.