Microsoft Corp. this week said customers who purchase Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for the Xbox One will unlock the Gears of War franchise for Xbox 360 at no cost.
Under the program, customers who purchase Gears of War: Ultimate Edition or Xbox One Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Bundle and play Gears of War: Ultimate Edition between Aug. 25 and Dec. 31, 2015 will unlock Gears of War, Gears of War 2, Gears of War 3 and Gears of War Judgment for Xbox 360 via backwards compatibility.
Xbox One backwards compatibility, to launch this fall, will allow Xbox One owners to utilize their Xbox 360 retail discs to download the software to their Xbox One and play natively with new Xbox One functionality.
Gears of War Ultimate Edition will include Gears of War and Gears of War 2 with updated 60 frames-per-second graphics and high-definition functionality.
The final game will include the franchise multiplayer component.