The Coalition and Microsoft revealed the details about Gears of War 4’s March update which features a handful of new content. The update brings two new maps, a new Ranked Lobby system, improvements to the Gnasher, and a first tease of content to come later this month.
The update features two maps:
Diner: A lone neon-lit Diner in a dusty wasteland is the latest battleground in Gears 4. Developed over the course of the last 18 months, this map represents one of the most refined tactical experiences yet seen in a map from The Coalition. Combat inside the Diner is intense and claustrophobic as you fight for control of the kitchen and Sniper Spawn. Expect smaller engagements that demand close-quarters skills to come out on top. The parking lot is a more open affair where the focus shifts to ranged combat. Work as a team and win the outside and open up new flanks to catch out your opponents in the Diner.
Old Town: One of the standout maps from Gears of War 3, this map has been re-imagined in a snowy UIR Costal town, complete with a looming UIR Base lurking in the background. Old Town features the same layout fans know and love, with its clearly defined three lanes and asymmetrical elevation change from low to high. Fight over the Torque and Sniper under the Belltower, stall to stall in the market, or hunkered down in the tight, long sight-lined alleyway.
Additionally the update introduces Ranked Lobbies for Core and Competitive playlists. This new community feature improves the flow of matchmaking in Ranked playlists. When matchmaking for any Core or Competitive playlist, you will now be placed into a pre-game lobby complete with map voting, bounty selection, and customisation options. If a player quits prior to the match beginning, the pre-game countdown will cancel and continue searching to keep matches balanced.
Once the match is over, you’ll be automatically returned into the Lobby search for your playlist without having to manually restart. These features will improve the experience of playing in Ranked Game Modes significantly for our players. Keep an eye out for tuning updates to Core and Competitive playlists planned to arrive in the next couple of weeks.
And between now and the end of March, The Coalition plans on releasing new characters and weapon skins along with a new Legacy Character which will be available in a few weeks via Crafting, but lucky ppayers may find him early in our March Gear Packs in the weeks ahead.
And much to the delight of the Gears 4 community, the developers have made some tweaks and improvements to the Gnasher which improves its close-range consistency.