Gears of War: Ultimate Edition release date, gameplay: Game won't include Horde Mode, Xbox One console with free game copy announced

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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.

In a report 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.

The announcement was made at a panel at the on-going 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 be a worthy element in the game should the game offer a wide variety of enemies. Fegusson pointed out that such was the reason why Gears of War 2 adapted the game mode.

In Horde Mode, players of two or more face-off with a series of enemies that comes 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.

However, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition will be adapting other popular elements from previous titles in the Gears of War franchise, like spotting enemies in multiplayer mode. “It reinforces teamplay in the multiplayer modes,” Fergusson said.

Additionally, Fergusson also announced in the SDCC panel that newer box sets of Xbox One consoles would be coming bundled with a free copy of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition. Gears of War content creator Peter Byrne revealed the announcement through his Twitter account.

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.