Microsoft has revealed the special Gears of War 4 bonuses that it's giving to some players. If you've played any Gears of War game and are a current Xbox Live Gold subscriber, you will receive a Legacy emblem. If you're a Silver member who has logged into Xbox Live in the past year, you'll get it as well.
"The Gears community is incredibly special. Your loyalty and passion are unmatched, so here's a thank you from us to you for being amazing fans," developer The Coalition wrote in its forums.
This emblem, called "First Wave," will be available in Gears of War 4's customization menu. It shows a soldier carrying the COG banner from past games. All you needed to do was play a Gears of War game while connected to Xbox Live to qualify for the emblem.
Additionally, people who played any previous Gears of War game and meet the requirements listed above, will receive an Operations Pack that contains at least one customization item and four cards. These will be distributed by Xbox Live message; you must redeem the code by December 31, 2016.
The codes are going out now, but aren't being sent out all at once, so keep checking for yours if you haven't received it already. Another thing to note is that there is no code required for the Legacy emblem; it will be there waiting for you in Gears of War 4.
If you preordered a digital copy of Gears of War 4, you can pre-load it now on Xbox One and PC. Another benefit of buying the game digitally is that, since Gears of War 4 is an Xbox Play Anywhere title, you'll receive access on console and PC.
In other news, developer The Coalition has confirmed that Gears of War 4 will have a day one patch, but only for physical copies. Additionally, we now know exactly when the game will unlock, including for its $100 Ultimate Edition and standard copies.