Don’t forget: early access for Gears of War 4: Ultimate Edition starts today

By Stephany Nunneley
7 October 2016 16:19 GMT

Consider this a friendly reminder for those who pre-purchased Gears of War 4: Ultimate Edition.

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From today, those who picked up the Ultimate Edition on either Xbox One or Windows 10 can play the beginning of the game four days before it launches globally.

To get a look at what you’ll be playing, Microsoft released a Prologue play-through video, which is posted above. If you want a live gameplay look at it along with some co-op goodness, be sure to check out Arekkz’s video we posted earlier.

The shooter features cross-play on both platforms across all modes such as campaign, Horde and Co-op versus as well as versus multiplayer cross-play in private matches.

It is also an Xbox Play Anywhere title, which allows the player to switch between the W10 and XO version at any time.

If you are unfamiliar with the Ultimate Edition, it also comes with the Gears of War 4 Season Pass along with an exclusive Vintage VIP Pack featuring Vintage JD and two Vintage weapon skins. It also provides permanent access to 24 additional DLC maps – two per month for a year – for private play on dedicated servers.

Plus, it features the Developer Playlist which grant access to new maps, modes, and features that can be tested prior to broad release. And finally, it also comes with a 17-pack Starter Airdrop which unlocks character and weapon skins, emblems, equipment and boosts for Horde and Versus.

That’s quite a bit of goodies for £79.99 or the regional equivalent. And those who purchase either the Ultimate or Standard Edition of the game and play it by 11:59pm local time on Saturday, December 31, 2016 will receive codes for the Xbox 360 Gears of War Collection. It includes Gears of War 1-3 along with Gears of War Judgement.

Gears of War 4 releases worldwide next week on October 11.

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