Today, a number of people across the country obtained access to a test build for "Gears of War" on the Xbox One, as shown in the screenshot above. Although we suspected it might be part of an as-of-yet-unannounced Gears collection including a number of games in the series, this may in fact just be a remaster of the first Gears of War game, if a new Polygon report is accurate.
Polygon reports that Microsoft and developer Black Tusk are, as expected, remastering Gears of War for the Xbox One, and they say they have seen screenshots from a remastered version of the opening cinematic in the original Gears of War, which was released for the Xbox 360 in 2006. What we don't know is whether this will be a standalone remaster or part of a bigger compilation, like the Halo: Master Chief Collection that Microsoft released last year.
Rumours of a Gears collection have been floating around for quite some time now, ever since Microsoft purchased the franchise and announced plans to make a new entry with their subsidiary studio Black Tusk. What would be surprising, however, is if Microsoft and Black Tusk only remastered the first entry in the series.
We hear this Gears test build will go live today around 9pm Eastern (11am AEST), so we should know more then. Microsoft has yet to respond to Kotaku's requests for comment.