The rumours stood tall and true. After months of peculiar leaks and a curveball tweet at the end, Randy Pitchford's Gearbox Studios finally outed the existence of Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition - the HD remaster to People Can Fly's bro-blaster.
But in light of recent HD upgrades like Bioshock or Skyrim, users have started to expect free - or heavily discounted - upgrades for owning the originals. Sadly, however, that isn't going to be the case with this one.
Considering the original PC release of Bulletstorm is a broken mess thanks to the downfall of the embedded Games for Windows Live platform, it stands to reason why owners wouldn't be too pleased about forking out their hard-earned cash on another version just to make it work.
It may have been around seven years ago, but Bulletstorm's fast-paced gameplay impressed at launch.
Quizzed over the matter through Twitter, Randy Pitchford shot down any hopes of grabbing the redux at a bargain price for prior owners. Stating how the ownership/publishing situation is different to those handled during the Darksiders: Warmastered Edition or Bioshock HD Collection, he's adamant a discounted version isn't possible. Mentioning how they're just publishing the game through their new program rather than snapping up rights to the franchise, it isn't something they can offer when the original was handled by a EA.
But at the same time, we're looking at a well-rounded upgrade. Higher polygon counts, remastered audio (and new stuff from Duke Nukem) and, of course, hi-res textures will sing a fine song in 4k. Thankfully it isn't quite a full-price game.