How to Play Gears of War 4 Four Days Early

You won't have to wait until October 11, if you're willing to pay extra.

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[UPDATE] Microsoft has now officially announced Gears of War 4's premium bundles, confirming the details below. Additionally, an Amazon listing reveals there will be a $250 Collector's Edition, featuring content from the Ultimate Edition, as well as a 19-inch statue of main character JD Fenix riding a COG bike. It also comes with a frag grenade keychain (six inches) and special packaging, along with some in-game content in the form of three "Gears Crates." Check out the image below to see everything it comes with.

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Gears of War 4 launches on October 11, but there is a way to play four days early, it's been announced. A listing for a Gears of War 4 Ultimate Edition popped up on Xbox.com recently, with its description explaining that people who buy the $100 bundle can play four days early, starting on October 7 (via VideoGamer.com).

Paying extra to play early is not a new idea for Microsoft, as the same kind of promotion was offered for racing game Forza 6. Outside of Microsoft, last year, 2K Sports let people play NBA 2K16 days ahead of launch if they preordered a copy.

In addition to early access to Gears of War 4, the Ultimate Edition comes with digital items such as a "vintage" Del character for the game's multiplayer mode, as well as content for Gears of War: Ultimate Edition. Players will also receive the "Vintage VIP Pack," early access to a "VIP Playlist" and an allotment of six "Gear Packs" (descriptions below).

Ultimate Edition buyers will also receive unlimited access to Gears of War 4's multiplayer maps. As announced previously, Gears of War 4 multiplayer maps will be free, but are offered on a rotating basis. The only way to guarantee that you can play a specific map whenever you want is to buy it.

An Xbox.com listing also reveals the existence of a Gears of War 4 Season Pass. This item, which is also included with the Ultimate Edition, includes the following:

  • VIP Vintage Pack -- Vintage JD character skin, vintage Gnasher and Dropshot weapon skins, vintage JD emblem, and vintage JD bounty that gives you extra XP.
  • Permanent DLC map ownership for 24-plus maps -- At least two per month for 12 months.
  • VIP "Early Access" playlist -- This lets you play upcoming modes, maps, and variants before they are released publicly.
  • Six Gear Packs -- These let you unlock character and weapon skins, as well as equipment and abilities, along with bounties that offer extra XP.

In other news about Gears of War 4, the game's open beta for all Xbox Live users begins today, April 25.

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I think Microsoft invented GREED$$$

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This game looks terrible and bland. Same old same old.

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Does the ultimate edition come to europe too?

Shipping to austria is 150 Dollar - too expensive! :(

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Goddamn Expensive Jesus!!

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@jyml8582: Are you new to gaming and it's special edition games?The price has always been this high and even higher on certain games.Even though i would never pay over $99 for a special edition game a lot of people do

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So for prime members the price is 80 but it says it will come 10/11, Hopefully the fix that cuz i just preordered.....

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As long as its a quality product that gets good support for years to come, then im happy to spend some money on skins. I just hope they offer more in the beta than just the antique lancer skin. Gears 3 had the gold skins and flaming skins for beta players.

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At least Amazon doesn't charge until they ship, so if something comes up from now until October that makes me not want the game I can at least cancel my CE edition.

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$250? I can get another Xbox One for that price lol

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@louixiii: Put some respek on my game lmao

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@kentray1985: I'm sorry bro but that's a hella lot for a collector's edition. I only paid $125.00 for master chief's helmet when Halo 3 came out but $250.00...that's off the chain lol I can swing it but I'd rather buy the kids something or take everyone out to eat at sizzler lol

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@louixiii: Two if you wait till Christmas.

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@bobafetthatesu: You're at it again I see, early too!

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@bobafetthatesu: LMAO!!! You're so wrong

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For the "digital only" crowd, do they get digital photos of the physical goods emailed to them when they purchase the de-luxe version? xD

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pre-ordered... I got the perfect spot for this bike model in my garage where my Fatboy is resting.

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guess im getting the ultimate edition but honestly i prefer a vintage skin for my lancer NOT the gnasher

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@senorbusyman: I believe you get the vintage Lancer skin by hitting level 20 in the beta.

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Will preorder this edition when and if they announce Horde mode.

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@TashunkoSapa: Horde mode will be there. They would have to be very, very dumb not to include it!

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Edited By BobaFettHatesU

Buying games these days is no different than buying a car. You can't just buy the complete game at a reasonable price and get your moneys worth from it. You have to get the base model with none of the stuff you want and then add the stuff afterwards at additional costs. Thanks gamers, you created this model by supporting it with your parents money.

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@bobafetthatesu: Preach

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@bobafetthatesu: The part that annoys me the most is we have to wait a year for a complete game. Say you do like the game and don't mind paying, you still have to wait for 4 releases and a "season pass" to get it all. A year later a subpar game that you might have enjoyed is already dead and having the DLC is pointless since no one else has it.

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@sargentpsgamer: By the time the 3rd or 4th part of the pass releases the online community is slimmed down or sometimes dead already.

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@7tizz: You're already received my thanks in the original rant.

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@7tizz: I'm pretty sure you guys have talked multiple times...

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Every game costs around $100 with all the extra content.
The question is,will you spend the full price or wait a year to get everything for the half?
As much is i like GoW,my wallet tells me i should do the latter.

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@tritonheat: don't buy the game and let them know how you feel that is all you can do.

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Now I have to pay even more money if I want to play it early? Does Microsoft have a "how to piss off gamers" team dedicated to coming up with crappy ideas? Paying to play games early is a very slippery slope and not something I want adapted industry wide so I wont be supporting this.

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@Ha2e: This has been going on for a couple of years now by everyone in the gaming industry.Have you been living under a rock or new to gaming?

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@smackdowner360: Quit being a fanboy and defending terrible business practices like this.

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Also, please explain permanent ownership of 24 DLC maps? Does that mean others won't have permanent access to them? Are they timed otherwise? Where do they go? That's odd.

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@skrilla99: All maps are free when playing in regular matchmaking. So the base game will come with around 10-12 maps. Then every month they will add around 2 maps per month. These maps will rotate into the regular matchmaking playlist. They are free for playing in regular matchmaking. However to play them in private matches one person in your private lobby needs to purchase the maps. So if you want to play with 9 of your friends only one person would need to have purchased the maps.

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@skrilla99: The DLC maps are in a way free for everyone, but only on a rotating basis. So if you do not buy the maps, you'll still be able to play them, but only when they are in the current rotation. If you do buy them, you'll be able to play them anytime you want, but I'm assuming it will be a seperate Playlist for only the people that have purchased them.

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I played 1 game of the Beta and haven't touched it since. It was the same as I remember, some dude sommersaulting around you dodging every bullet and then one shotgun blast and my guy explodes. Yeah I'm not great but I'm not terrible either. That's just not fun to me.

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@skrilla99: That's called wall-bouncing

It's literally in every Gears

Don't play the game if you don't know how to wall-bounce

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@skrilla99: I seriously don't understand why every shooter needs a shotgun. It gets old so fast.

I hated the beta to be honest. It was a frustrating mess of shotgun blasts and everyone dying at the same time by spamming the shotgun.

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@sargentpsgamer: That's every single Gears

This series is obviously not meant for you

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@rosinmonkekyx17: Well considering how this game will be dead when competing with other games, I won't be the only one. Ill stick to SP.

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@sargentpsgamer: The series itself has been competing with big games like Halo or CoD and Battlefield and doing well

What makes you think it won't?

I don't see any upcoming big games coming out

Halo's about a year away, same with CoD and BF (CoD maybe this fall?)

Barely any competition and an Xbox exclusive

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@rosinmonkekyx17: Still has to do well with current games. (Doom, Overwatch, etc) And then the Fall games (Mass Effect, titan Fall 2, possibly Battlefield, COD) This game will boil down to maybe 1000 peak players per server that all chase each other around with shotguns constantly. Everyone else will get bored of that and want something other than shotgun explosions. It just takes one game to do shooting better and people will migrate to that.

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@sargentpsgamer: It's an Xbox exclusive

The game is the next in a legendary series, as long as its story and gameplay are as good as the previous ones (excluding judgement) then it should be fine

If the past games could stand up to Halo, CoD, and Battlefield, it definitely can now

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@skrilla99: haha, online gaming in a nutshell. If you're not completely obsessed and spend every waking minute of your life mastering that game sucking the life out of it for everyone that tries to play, your mother will be disappointed.

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Paying your money to digitally pre-order a game should automatically qualify you to get access early. Now they want more money for that?? It's Microsoft so this shouldn't annoy me or surprise me.

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