Update 1:49 a.m.: Polygon have Brink and Dirty Bomb developer Splash Damage are working on the remaster, according to Polygon. The outlet has also seen multiplayer screenshots of the remaster, and it features improved lighting, increased texture quality, and is said to run at 60 frames per second.
Update 9:45 p.m.: Kotaku is reporting that multiple people across the country obtained access to a test build of “Gears of War” for Xbox One, which went live around 9 p.m. EDT tonight. The test build is multiplayer-only and features the following game modes: “Team Deathmatch; King of the Hill; 1 Life 1V1 Shotgun TDM; 1v1 Sudden Death Gnashers Only; 4v4 TDM Single Round; and 4v4 KOTH Single Round.”
Original 4:58 p.m.: A remastered version of the original Gears of War with updated visuals and reworked cut-scenes is in development for Xbox One, according to Polygon sources.
The reworked cut-scenes are courtesy of animation studio Plastic Wax. Polygon was reportedly shown stills from the remade opening cinematic.
In March, Black Tusk Studios boss Rod Fergusson denied rumors that the studio was working on a Gears of War “Marcus Fenix Collection” including the first three games for Xbox One. However, he teased other “other exciting Gears projects,” followed by “I’ll see you at E3!”
The original Gears of War launched for Xbox 360 in November 2006, and saw a PC release in 2007.