Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Gears of War

Gears of War 4 gets maps, tweaks, Valentine’s event with update

Gears of War 4’s February update kicks off a week-long Valentine’s event today. The promotion adds new packs, maps (Impact Dark and War Machine), themed bounties, a Craftable Character, and additional improvements. The Torque Bow Tag also makes a return, but with a twist. Next month, players can look forward to a pre-game lobby setup for Core and Competitive playlists, weapon and playlist tuning based on feedback from fan surveys, and the first of “a steady flow” of Legacy Characters. This summer will also see some additions, including a new Inconceivable difficulty level for Campaign and Horde, IronMan Mode for Campaign and Horde, level 6 skills for all classes, more skills for all classes, and new achievements. Details on the two new maps and changes to Guardian can be found below.

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Gears of War 4 December update to add PC split-screen, maps, more

Gears of War 4’s impending December Update has been detailed by The Coalition. Following last month’s release of Checkout and Drydock, two more maps will be added to the roster: Speyer, a pre-Locust War district offering close combat in its sanctuary and longer range combat in its academy, and Glory, a COG battery fortified with a mounted turret overlooking a courtyard. The update will also add vertical split-screen support for Windows 10, a daily rewards system, and other fixes, along with Gearsmas items. Season Pass holders get access to the maps at all times when they launch on December 13, while everyone else can play them while they are in rotation as part of public playlists. Players looking to grab the game can get it for 33% from December 1 to 28. Videos for both maps can be found below.

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Gears Pro Circuit MLG Columbus Open prize pool now $300,000

Microsoft and The Coalition have sent word that the Gears Pro Circuit MLG Columbus Open’s winnings has been increased by $50,000. The bump is being attributed to “the overwhelming support of our player community and sales of Gears of War 4 eSports Supporter Packs.” The additional cash has pushed the prize pool up to $300,000. Gamers can try their hand at the Open LAN event by going to the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio, on November 25. Everything kicks off at 4 p.m. (CST), and will run until the 27th. This is the first open event of the Gears Pro Circuit, and can be watched at the official site, with subsequent open events are set to take place in Paris, London, Mexico City, and Las Vegas. Team passes are still up for grabs, and allow for up to five players and a coach or manager to participate; additional info can be found here.

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Gears of War 4 – Run the Jewels Air Drop deploys EL-P, Killer Mike

Run the Jewels’ EL-P and Killer Mike join the Gears crew today. The Run the Jewels Air Drop for Gears of War 4 adds the duo as playable characters in Versus Multiplayer and Horde 3.0, complete with likenesses and voices. The $19.99 pack also includes 18 themed bounties, emblems, and weapon skins. Two legacy maps, Checkout and Drydock, are also available for Season Pass holders.

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Gears of War 4 to get two multiplayer maps on November 1

The Coalition will be boosting Gears of War 4’s map roster by two with the release of Checkout and Drydock. Playable in Versus and Horde, the legacy maps, detailed below, will be available first for Season Pass holders on November 1 as part of the Developer Playlist, and then on November 8 for everyone else. The drop begins the first month of several free map updates, with two scheduled to be released each month thereafter.

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(Xbox One Review) Gears of War 4

“… begins a new era for the franchise with a slow-paced, uneven campaign but a robust, highly addictive multiplayer component.”

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Gears of War 4 now available for Windows 10 PC, Xbox One

The Coalition’s latest entry in the Gears of War series has launched for console and PC. The fourth release kicks off a new storyline, set decades after Gears of War 3. Players will reunite with old favorites as they lead a younger cast of fighters against a new threat. Horde mode also returns with Horde 3.0. As an Xbox Play Anywhere title, console and PC players are capable of playing against and with one another across all modes, including versus multiplayer in private matches. Both versions are included with a single purchase.

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Gears of War 4 now playable for owners of Ultimate Edition

Players who purchased Gears of War 4: Ultimate Edition can now being their four-day head start on the campaign. Ultimate Edition also comes with the Season Pass. The pass includes Vintage JD and two Vintage weapon skins, a Developer Playlist that includes new maps and modes before official release, a 17-pack Starter Airdrop with weapons and skins, and access to all 24 downloadable maps as they become available for private play on dedicated servers.

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Four-hour Gears of War 4 livestream archived, gameplay and reveals

Gears of War fans who missed the recent livestream for Gears of War 4 can check out a recently uploaded archive. In addition to plenty of gameplay, the four-hour-long event also features the reveal of an upcoming film with Universal Studios and Bluegrass Films, the debut of Killer Mike and EI-P as in-game characters, a behind-the-scenes look at an art exhibit, and some fans in cosplay.

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Twenty minutes of gameplay released from Gears of War 4

Gamers looking forward to Gears of War 4 are getting the chance to check out the prologue today. Microsoft has released the first 20 minutes, with gameplay that details the 30 years of events that set the game’s main campaign in motion, from the Pendulum Wars to Emergence Day. They also sent word about Gears of War 4: Live, a livestream that will be broadcast at 5 p.m. (CST) on October 5 on Beam, Xbox.com (along on the 360 and One), Youtube, Twitch, and Facebook. Paul Scheer will host a panel including Larry Hryb and several Internet personalities, and feature interviews with studio head Rod Fergusson.

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