Gamers who missed out on the entire Gears of War series on the Xbox 360 still have time to get their hands on all the games for the Xbox One until Dec. 31.

Gears of War is one of the many hundred-plus Xbox 360 games that'll become available free to play on the Xbox One once Microsoft turns on the switch to the New Xbox One Experience on Nov. 12.

Besides the entire Gears of War series from the Xbox 360, other games that'll be playable on the Xbox One include Fallout 3, Assassin's Creed II, Borderlands, and a sizeable library totaling over 100 titles.

Players who have already bought either the digital or physical versions of the Gears of War games for the Xbox 360 should have access to them when the Xbox One finally becomes backward compatible ready next week. The games will be added to player's Xbox One library or will have to insert the disc into the drive should they wish to play them.

Players who bought Gears of War: Ultimate Edition and have played it at least once on Xbox Live since Aug. 25 will be eligible to receive the entire Gears of War catalogue, Gears 360 Collection , when tokens are released in waves.

"We will begin fulfilling these tokens starting Dec. 1 through Xbox Live in-dash message system so be sure to check your inbox. Tokens will be sent out in waves and we will not get everyone in the first wave - we appreciate your patience as we roll this program out!" says the Gears of War team on their website.

So, it looks like Gears of War: Ultimate Edition owners will have to wait just a little longer to be able to play Gears of War, Gears of War 2, Gears of War 3, and Gears of War: Judgement, but they will be rewarded for their patience. Their Gears 360 Collection will have remastered visuals made especially for the Xbox One (instead of the graphics from the original 360 games), and they'll have access to a beta release for multiplayer Gears of War 4.

Regardless of console, however, Microsoft does clarify that all game modes, including multiplayer will be as they are on the 360. Moreover, players can still compete with one another in multiplayer without having to worry about if their opponent is on a Xbox 360 or One.

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