From Xbox Wire:
On Xbox Wire, we published details on the latest maps, major matchmaking improvements and a look ahead to the future of “Gears of War 4.”
This Month’s Maps
The classic “Gears of War 3” battleground set in the hometown of Dominic Santiago’s wife, Maria, makes its much-anticipated return in Gears of War 4.
Now set in the end stages of winter, the fights you know and love are all here – including the close-quarters pew battles inside the church and the fight to dominate the high ground in the center of the map – playing just like you remember.
Prepare for nerve-shaking combat in Harbor Haze! This new take on Harbor is set during the day, and introduces a brand-new mist mechanic that envelopes the battlefield.
The mist can roll in from the sea at any time, dramatically reducing visibility and providing the perfect opportunity for surprise attacks or sneaky flanks. The mist changes the dynamics combat drastically – if you’re brave enough to find out how.
Both of these maps are available now in the Developer Playlist with Double XP and 20% Bonus Credits for Season Pass holders. Look for them in Public Matchmaking for all players beginning on September 12th.
This month, we’re adding 500G of new achievements to Gears of War 4. After the hardcore Horde and Campaign achievements included with Rise of the Horde, this new list introduces 20 new achievements focused on your first moments with the game. For many of you, you’ll have these new achievements instantly awarded the day you turn on the game.
This month also brings major improvements to the matchmaking experience in “Gears of War 4.” In the coming weeks, we’ll be switching from Region Locked matchmaking (matching you only with players in your choice of Region) to a new Quality of Service matchmaking system.
Other September Additions
In Mid-September, we’ll be ending the first Ranked Season and handing out those Reward Weapon Skins for eligible players. Ranked Season 2 resets the playing field, and you’ll need to go back out there and earn your Ranks again in each playlist.
We’ll also have two new Gear Packs this month beginning with the return of the Locust Sniper. On top of that, we’ll have a brand new special event for Versus and a Bonus Loot Drop event in our 25 wave Horde experience – Horde Frenzy.
The Future of “Gears of War 4”
Next month marks the first anniversary of “Gears of War 4,” and the arrival of the final two maps in our 24 map plan for the first year of Gears of War 4. We’ve come a long way since October 2016 – here’s just a few stats on our journey so far:
- Released 22 additional maps, with two more yet to drop, for a total of 34 maps in Gears 4
- Added new multiplayer characters and weapon skins to earn and show off your skills
- Delivered new game-changing features including Competitive Lobby, Rise of the Horde and more
- 18 special events across Versus and Horde including holiday-themed favorites
- Added 38 achievements and 1000G to showcase your Gears skills
So does this journey end with our final map drop in October?
Not at all. Though October may signal the end of our monthly maps and feature updates for Gears of War 4, we’re far from done.
We will continue to support Gears of War 4 with a wealth of new content, events and more throughout 2018. Some upcoming additions include:
- Our Xbox One X Enhanced Update, featuring support for 4K, HDR, Dolby Atmos and new graphical enhancements
- New Gear Packs containing characters and weapon skins to add to your collection.
- Monthly Versus and Horde events with exclusive challenge-based rewards
- Major Seasonal events like “11 Years of Gears,” “Gearsmas” and “Thanksgibbing”
- Ranked Seasons with skill placement rewards
We’ll have a lot of news to share about our huge multi-month anniversary events, like “Thanksgibbing,” “Gearsmas” and more in the coming months. We’re also working on additional benefits for our Season Pass holders as we move into Year Two – look out for news coming in October.