The Coalition are trying something different this weekend on Gears of War 4. Starting on Friday, as a bit of a trial to see how things go, there will be a one-off Gears of War 4 crossplay weekend. That means that Xbox One and Windows 10 players will be able to battle against each other online, controller versus keyboard.
On the Gears of War forum, it states that “This test is being conducted to evaluate the potential of a more permanent Crossplay solution in the future to allow Windows 10 and Xbox One gamers to play together in Versus outside of Private Matches.
Crossplay is divisive in any Versus experience, and Gears of War 4 is no different. From the beginning, we stated our intention to keep both platforms separate in non-cooperative game modes in order to preserve competitive balance. Conserving a fair, competitive environment remains a top priority for us.
The purpose of this weekend is to give Crossplay a trial run in a public playlist. We care deeply about players on both platforms and we’ve heard you, so our goal is to use this event to bring in a ton of data and listen to feedback from players on both platforms to examine the results.”
To encourage players to hop on and take part in the test event, there will be an increased win / loss XP for match completion. The Coaltion are also allowing squads of up to 5 players into this Social style playlist, which is stupidly limited to two otherwise.
PC and Xbox players can matchmake together in this special Versus Playlist from Friday December 2nd – Monday December 5th.
Playlist Type: Social
Modes: Team Deathmatch, Dodgeball, King of the Hill
Maps: All (including Checkout and Dry Dock)
Win XP: 1500 (up from 600)
Loss XP: 750 (up from 100)
Maximum Squad Size: 5