Gears of War 4 removes the Relic and Gridlock maps on December 13

By: Ivan Jenic
3 minute read

The Coalition just released the long-awaited Gears of War 4 Title Update 2. The new update brings some fresh content to the game but also raises a few questions among gamers not so satisfied by some of the company’s decisions.

Along with other changes, the Title Update 2 brings two new maps: Glory and Speyer. The introduction of the new maps also means that two older maps — Relic and Gridlock — will be removed. Glory and Spreyer are now available in the Versus and Horde Developer Playlist for Season Pass owners and will be available to everyone else starting from December 13th.

As for Relic and Gridlock, these maps will be only available as individual purchases after December 13th. This means players will have to pay if they want to play these maps again.

While this is a standard procedure for maps in Gears of War 4, the community feels like this system is wrong and doesn’t want The Coalition to constantly remove maps from the public playlist. In a thread on the Gears of War forums, a few unsatisfied users have a few words to say to the company.

Fans criticize the Gears of War 4 map removal strategy

What is the purpose of removing maps from the rotation? So we don’t get to play on gridlock or relic again. So dumb.

I saw that their explanation for this was because it would be too “overwhelming” for players. What does that even mean? How on earth are more maps overwhelming to players. I don’t understand that. I don’t know if any game that has done this type of map rotation. I’ve seen it for different game modes, but this in gears doesn’t make sense as different maps aren’t designed for different game modes. So why? To make money off the season pass? That’s the only real true reason I can think of. So they can have the whole player base have access to the maps and still make money off a season pass.

Removing maps is a another terrible idea from TC. I swear they aim to kill their own game with their nonsensical ideas in an effort to make as much money as possible. Season pass owners should atleast have some sort of playlist where all maps in the game or ever will be in the game are present and available to play.

The Relic hasn’t addressed these complaints yet and it seems unlikely it will do it at all. So basically, all that unsatisfied players can do is accept the situation or abandon the game.

What do you think about the constant removal of Gears of War 4 maps from the public playlist? Do you think it’s unfair or a good move? Let us know in the comments below.

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