Gears of War: Judgment is a prequel, taking Baird and Cole back to a time when only weeks had passed since the Locusts started stirring up trouble. So it makes sense that Microsoft and Epic Games are giving newcomers a free refresher course as a bonus, packing download codes for the original Gears of War in the initial run of Judgment.
The announcement claims that according to internal research, more than half of more recent players of the series, who took to Gears 3, didn’t ever play the original. The game is $19.99 as a “Games on Demand” download, but if you were already planning to get Judgment, “free” is a much better price point. Epic also released a new trailer for the game, highlighting some of the new features in Judgment.