Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Gears of War

August Update adds remade maps, tweaks to Gears of War 4

Earlier today, Gears of War 4 received its August Update. The download features a number of additions and changes, including two maps, Forge Blitz and Canals. The former is described as “a tighter, faster pace evolution of the map Forge,” set in a factory damaged by a Windflare, while the latter returns from the original Gears of War complete with its triple bridge. Summer of Gears is also continuing with a boost to the First Win of the Day Credit Bonus so that every first kill throughout August will be worth 500 Credits. The second season of the Gears Pro Circuit is also looming, and the studio is making Escalation Ring placement improvements to Diner, Impact, Lift, and The Slab, which are said to have been “crafted with our Pro Players at a recent studio playtest.” Also, this month’s Craftable Character is Classic Commando Dom, and joining him are a new Horde variant on August 18 and Classic One Shot One Kill on Canals on August 25.

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Gears of War 4 to get maps, difficulty, more with Rise of the Horde

Gears of War 4 is said to be getting its biggest update yet with the impending release of Rise of the Horde. Scheduled to launch on June 6, the free update will add 15 Horde Skills (three per class), Level 6 Skills, Loot Drops, additional difficulty levels for Campaign and Horde (Inconceivable and Ironman), and other tweaks to Horde. Also this month, two maps are returning from previous entries, Gears of War 2’s Avalanche and Gears 3’s Rust Lung. A trial is also slated to take place between June 9-15, offering players the chance to try the game for free for 10 hours, which includes the first campaign act and full access to Horde and Versus. Season Pass Holders will receive five exclusive Horde Skills when the update goes live. A full rundown of the changes can be found here.

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Gears of War 4’s May update goes live tomorrow with maps, rewards

The Coalition is set to release Gears of War 4’s May content update tomorrow. The download will feature two maps, the return of Gears of War 2’s Security as well as a newcomer, Dawn. Security has been given a graphical boost, shifting the setting to a dilapidated COG depository with working defense lasers, along with tweaks that are said to incorporate “Gears 4’s close-cover combat, Horde and proper support for respawn-based modes like TDM.” Dawn is set in an Outsider village set around an abandoned mining colony with two defensive structures, tight corridors, and open spaces. Lasers have also been adjusted, now turning on instead of off when a button is pressed in Horde. Other improvements include Multi-GPU support for Windows 10, a new Horde Variant, the return of Gnashers Only King of the Hill for Versus, craftable Locust Grenadier Elite, Season skin rewards, and Zombie Ben Carmine.

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Grab your guns, nades, and eggs, Easter is coming to Gears of War 4

he Coalition is getting festive with the April update for Gears of War 4. On April 14, players will be able to access a new Easter-themed game mode, Bunny Hunt, that adds oversized Bunny Heads into a new variation of Guardian. Five Chocolate Easter Egg-themed weapon skins will also be on offer by registering at GearsofWar.com and completing challenges in a special playlist. April will also see two maps returning from Gears of War 3: Hotel and The Slab. Both are being revamped, with Hotel now located on a misty, overgrown cliffside, while The Slab has a two-lane opening splintered by a courtyard and a windflare roaring in the distance. Season Pass holders can actually play the maps today, while others will need to wait until April 11. Two Legacy Characters are also hitting this month, a surprise COG who can be found early in a Gears Pack and the Locust Kantus. Weapon tuning is also being introduced, including reduced range for the Gnasher and increased body damage with Lancers. Full details can be found on the Community Hub.

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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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