The March update for Gears of War 4 has rolled out now for all players, including two new maps, but these will only be available to season pass holders until March 14th, when they go live for all players. But what else does the March update bring? Let’s take a look!
As is the case each month on Gears of War 4, the update brings two new mapsThe new maps include a returning map from Gears 3, and a brand new addition designed by The Coalition. As well as the maps, we also receive a new Ranked Lobby system, improvements to the Gnasher, and a first tease of content to come later this month.
Let’s take a look at the new maps, Diner and Old Town.
“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!”
“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.
With new weapon swaps, the dynamics of the critical alleyway fight have evolved. One round will force the fight into close range with the addition of the Overkill shotgun, while the other will encourage ranged combat thanks to the new Markza pickups. Win the fight to claim the Boomshot or – new to Gears of War 4 – Dropshot that spawns here.”
The new Ranked Lobbies system has been highly requested by fans since the game’s launch late last year. One of the gripes players found with Ranked games is that you had to go back to the main menu after each match to search for another match. This at least allowed you to join different game modes to mix it up, but there was always one player who forgot to leave the match end screen and slow down the search for another match.
“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 customization 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.”
The Coalition are also teasing a new Legacy Character to become available in a few weeks via Crafting, but lucky fans may find him (yes, that’s a hint, according to the blog post) early in the March Gear Packs in the weeks ahead. There will also be new characters and weapon skins to add to your collection during March.
The Coalition have also detailed a new regular feature coming to Gears of War 4, starting on March 24th. While we recently encountered and enjoyed the Feral Horde weekend event, these will become more common every month.
Staring March 24th, players can look forward to a Versus themed weekend, followed a week later on March 31st by a Horde-themed weekend event! Expect new events every third Friday following an update. We know that this month’s event will be Versus Snipers, so expect a few head popping kills to come, in favour or frustration!