It's no surprise Microsoft has chosen Gears of War
as the first series to represent a custom-designed Xbox One S. The newest installment in the gritty third-person shooter launches hardly a month after the new console's August 31st release date. It's time to take a look at what's inside the Gears of War 4
Limited Edition 2TB Bundle. Announced
alongside it were two special edition controllers: a separate launch of the controller included with the console, as well as a custom JD Fenix Limited Edition controller.
The Crimson Omen returns on the Gears of War 4 Limited Edition Xbox One S
The console will launch on October 7th, providing early access to Gears of War 4
, which launches worldwide October 11th. The limited edition bundle contains:
- Gritty, battle-weathered custom Xbox One S console with a massive 2TB hard drive
- All-new Xbox Wireless Controller – Gears of War 4 Crimson Omen Limited Edition, featuring a textured grip for enhanced comfort; our most reliable wireless signal ever, with up to two times the wireless range compared to previous controllers when used with Xbox One S; and Bluetooth radio, giving you an easy wireless connection to your Windows 10 PCs and tablets
- 4K Ultra HD video and Blu-ray player, custom system sounds, and a vertical stand
- High Dynamic Range support for video and games
- Full game download of Gears of War 4: Ultimate Edition for both Xbox One and Windows 10 (featuring cross-play support in all co-op modes) – a $99 value
- Early access to the game on Oct. 7
- Gears of War 4 Season Pass, featuring the exclusive Vintage VIP Pack, permanent access to future multiplayer maps for private games, six additional Gear Packs including the Vintage JD Gear Pack, early previews to upcoming modes, and much more
- Vintage Oscar Elite Gear Pack, which features Vintage Oscar, the Vintage Retro Lancer, Vintage Boomshot and more. We’re also throwing in the Pre-Order Vintage Del Gear Pack plus six additional Gear Packs to make sure that fans are fully stocked
For the collector, there are a couple things to note about this bundle — though it does include a Gears of War 4
special edition controller, this is not the Xbox One Gears of War 4 Elite Controller
we saw during E3. This is a regular Xbox One S controller, which, though it is updated over the regular Xbox One controller, will not provide all the features of the Elite. And of course, for players interested in the physical goodies like the JD Fenix statue, frag grenade keychain and lithograph, those can still only be found in the Gears of War 4 Collector's Edition
The Gears of War 4 Limited Edition 2TB Bundle is already popping up for pre-order at several retailers including Amazon
and more at the retail price of US $449.99. Microsoft has confirmed its launch for the following markets: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, and Turkey.
The field day for collectors continues, especially fans of special edition controllers. Alongside the custom console, Microsoft has announced a separate Gears of War 4
JD Fenix Limited Edition controller. Instead of focusing on the deep red of the Crimson Omen, this one focuses on the blues and greys found in the familiar COG armor.
Gears of War 4 JD Fenix Limited Edition controller
The JD Fenix controller will only be available at two retailers — the Microsoft Store
, where it is already available for pre-order. As of this writing, there was no listing yet on the Microsoft Store's website. Fans can also purchase separately the controller that comes with the special edition console in case they need another controller to match their console or simply would like to represent their love of Gears
. Both controllers are priced at US $74.99 and are already available for pre-order at most retailers. According to Microsoft, the controllers will be available on September 13th, though the GameStop website
shows their availability as September 6th.
In an exclusive interview with Mashable
, Rod Fergusson gave his insight into the inspiration for the designs:
When we started the design process for the console, we talked about what would be its origin story. One thought was to make it look as if it was part of the game world, that it could literally be an object that you would find in a game level on Sera. That didn’t seem all that interesting to me or Monique on our Design Team, so instead we talked about how the console could be inspired by Gears of War 4 themes and colors. We focus more on what we might have had to use to survive in that world. We talked a lot about the theme of “reclaimed beauty” in the world and the impact the brutal Swarm were having on it. The laser etched scratches (the deepest they’ve ever done on a console) represents using the console as a shield blocking Swarm attacks. The directional multilayered bloody splatter printing represents using it as a weapon and smashing it’s corner down on a monster’s head. This is more than a console, this is what you need to survive the Swarm!
The previous Xbox 360 custom Gears console and controller was red and we wanted to continue that tradition. Obviously red is the color of blood (something you see a lot of in Gears) and for us it’s also the color of the Swarm. So naturally as we did more with red we also wanted to make sure there were lots of references to The Swarm and blood. Whether it’s laser etched claw marks on the console or the bloody fingerprints on the custom Elite controller.
At its core, Gears of War 4 is a co-op game and so it made a lot of sense to create a second controller. With so much of our hardware bundle Swarm themed, we decided to create a controller around the theme of our Coalition heroes. We focused on the iconic chest plates of the Gears, and their blue lights, blue paint and center chest logo – especially JD Fenix’s new armor. So now you and your friend can each grab a controller – one Swarm-themed and one Coalition-themed and jump into Gears 4 to see if you can survive a night together with the monstrous new Swarm.
He's right; the new console will look right at home next to the Gears of War 3 special edition console
. With the beta over, Windows 10 crossplay confirmed and the special edition games, consoles and controllers announced, it may be time to start getting truly excited for Gears of War 4