Gears of War Ultimate Edition revisits Mad World

It’s been nearly 10 years since we were first treated to the stunning Gears of War “Mad World” trailer, which combined the Xbox 360 shooter with Gary Jules’ haunting tune. Now, with Gears of War: Ultimate Edition hitting Xbox One later this month, the studio’s put together a bit of a tribute.

Interestingly, this is not a shot-for-shot remake, which is what we were expecting (it’d be a convenient way to show off the changes to the new edition). Instead, the team at The Coalition has gone for the same melancholy effect using all-new Ultimate Edition footage.

Microsoft set a new benchmark for game trailers – one that’s been imitated again and again, but never truly matched. Whether or not this new version hits the same notes is debatable, but it’s a lovely homage.

…here’s the 2006 original, if you wanted to compare – remember, this was the first TV commercial released for the game, and the first time many people had seen what would become one of the biggest franchises for the console.

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition brings five new campaign chapters as well as that gloriously remastered gameplay when it hits Xbox One on August 25.

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