'Gears of War: Ultimate Edition' news: narrower range of enemies eliminates need for Horde Mode, say developers

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The upcoming Xbox One exclusive Gears of War: Ultimate Edition will be removing the highly popular Horde Mode, according to game developer The Coalition.

As reported by Polygon, Rod Fergusson, Gears of War co-creator and studio head of developing company The Coalition, announced that the upcoming Gears of War: Ultimate Edition won’t include the old fan favourite Horde Mode.

This was announced at their panel at the recently held San Diego Comic-Con. Fergusson said that the decision was brought about by the desire of the developing team to make the upcoming Gears of War: Ultimate Edition not feel like a sequel to previous Gears of War games. “We didn’t want it to creep too much into Gears of War 2 territory,” he said.

Additionally, Horde mode was deemed by the developers as something that could only work if the game has a wide variety of different enemies, which was the case as to why Gears of War 2 adapted the game mode.

In Horde Mode, players of two or more will face-off with a series of enemies that come in hordes, with the aim to overwhelm them. At the end, a randomized boss will arrive that they should kill before getting totally overwhelmed by the enemy.

When asked why they chose to remake only the first title in the series, Fergusson said: “It’s really hard work. It takes a long time. It took us in the end 16 to 18 months to do the first one, and to try and do three games how many people would we need to have? It just wasn’t logistically or physically or technically possible. For us it was really about what can we do, what can we focus on.

“It was sort of this on-ramp to the franchise to get ready for Gears of War 4,” he added.

The panel also revealed that new sets of Xbox One consoles would be coming bundled with a free copy of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition. The Gears of War: Ultimate Edition bundle will come with a 500GB Xbox One unit and all default accessories.

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition will be released for the Xbox One on August 25.