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Gears of War 4 Beta and pre-order info

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition players

If you played Gears of War: Ultimate Edition on Xbox One or Windows 10 between 25 August 2015 and 11 April 2016, you’ll receive a code to play Gears of War 4 Versus Multiplayer Beta. To play, you'll need an Xbox Live Gold subscription and an Internet connection.

Your code will be sent through the Notification Centre, which you can view by double-tapping the Xbox button on your controller and then selecting Notifications.

Note Codes will be sent out in waves, so it may take a few days for you to receive your code once the campaign begins. Codes will be sent out starting 18 April. Once you receive your code, you’ll need to redeem it and download the game. You can then start playing immediately.

Xbox Live Gold beta info

If you have an Xbox Live Gold subscription, you can play Gears of War 4 Beta for free between 25 April and 1 May 2016. You can participate even if you haven’t played Gears of War: Ultimate Edition.

To download the game, search for “Gears of War 4” in the Store and follow the steps to install it on your console.

Gears of War 4 pre-order

Visit the Gears of War 4 pre-order page to learn more about the game.

Pre-orders for Gears of War 4 will start on 25 April 2016, and will continue until the game launches on 11 October 2016. Once the game has launched, you can purchase it from the Xbox Store, but the launch bundles will differ from the pre-launch promotion bundles.

If you pre-order either the retail or digital Gears of War 4: Ultimate Edition, you will also be able to download and start playing on 7 October 2016 – 4 days before the game launches.

You will receive bonus items depending on which pre-order bundle you purchase:

Gears of War 4: Standard Edition (retail)

  • Gears of War 4
  • Vintage Del Pack*

Gears of War 4: Standard Edition (digital)

  • Gears of War 4
  • Vintage Del Pack*
  • Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Character Pack

Gears of War 4: Ultimate Edition (retail)

  • Gears of War 4
  • Vintage Del Pack*
  • Gears of War 4 Season Pass**
  • Limited Edition SteelBook
  • Early access to the game

Gears of War 4: Ultimate Edition (digital)

  • Gears of War 4
  • Vintage Del Pack*
  • Gears of War 4 Season Pass**
  • Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Character Pack
  • Early access to the game

* The Vintage Del Pack features a Vintage Del character model, emblem, two Vintage weapon skins and a special Vintage Del bounty as an added bonus.

** The Season Pass includes an exclusive Vintage VIP Pack featuring Vintage JD and two vintage weapon skins, permanent access to 24 additional DLC maps (two per month for a year) for private play on dedicated servers, early access to an exclusive developer playlist and six standard Gear Packs (which unlock character and weapon skins, emblems, equipment and boosts).

To use the character pack, you'll need to own Gears of War: Ultimate Edition on Xbox One. Once you complete your pre-order for Gears of War 4, you can download the character pack from the Xbox Store. To do this, search for “Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Character Pack” in the Store and download it from the details page.

The Vintage Del Pack and Season Pass will be available to you once the game launches on 11 October 2016.

When you pre-order Gears of War 4, you'll see a placeholder tile in your game library. This is intentional. It will unlock on the day the game launches. See Pre-order Xbox One games in the Xbox Store to learn more about managing your pre-order.

Problems with code redemption

If you've received a code but can't redeem it, see How to redeem an Xbox prepaid code for help.

If you got your code but deleted the message that contained it, go to the Promotions & Special Offers on Xbox One forum and the Xbox Community team will help you retrieve your original code.

Note The Xbox Community team will be unable to issue you a code if you didn’t already receive one.

If you didn't receive a code, it may be for one of the following reasons:

  • You don't own Gears of War: Ultimate Edition on Xbox One or Windows 10, or you didn't play it during the campaign dates mentioned above.
  • You live in a region where Gears of War: Ultimate Edition isn't available, or your account is based in a region where the game is unavailable.
  • You're not signed in with the account that was used to play Gears of War: Ultimate Edition during the campaign dates mentioned above.
  • You don't meet the age requirement to play Gears of War: Ultimate Edition or Gears of War 4.

If you meet the eligibility requirements for the campaign but haven't received your code, contact Xbox Support.

Cancelling your pre-order

If you want to cancel your pre-order for Gears of War 4 before the launch date, contact Xbox Support.

Frequently asked questions

For a full list of questions and answers on Gears of War 4 Beta, see the Gears of War website.

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