Gears of War 4: Here’s what to expect in 2017

By: Madeleine Dean
3 minute read

After a well-deserved winter holiday break, The Coalition is back to work. As promised back in December, TC’s PezRadar recently sent off a quick update, revealing some of the upcoming Gears of War 4 changes the company will implement.

As a quick reminder, December 2016 was a pretty rough time for TC. Critics and complaints poured in, as Gears of War 4 players labeled the company greedy after the quick Gearsmas – UIR Gear Pack release. To make things worse, the GoW4 Title Update 2 caused the game to crash, which added more fuel to the fire.

Without further ado, let’s see what the upcoming GoW4 Title Update brings and what changes TC is planning to implement in 2017.

Gears of War 4 in 2017

1. TC will roll out an important Gears of War 4 update in January

The company has yet to reveal the exact release date of this update, but confirms it will include quit penalties/bans, spectator mode improvements, a massive drop of new craftable card content, and many bug fixes.

According to PezRadar, the update will bring hundreds of new weapon skins and character skins. Since the upcoming GoW4 January Update brings so many major improvements, most likely it will be coined Gears of War 4 Season 2.

2. Potential UIR Card Packs changes

Following harsh criticism from fans, TC has already a meeting scheduled to discuss the UIR Pack structure and improve the user experience. No additional details are available about these changes, but we expect the company to publish a dedicated blog post as soon as a decision has been made.

3. Crossplay: Yay or Nay

By the end of the month, The Coalition will decide whether to implement crossplay or not. If this feature gets rejected, the company will try to find some satisfying alternatives.

4. Guardian spawns

Lead Multiplayer Designer, Ryan Cleven has been testing some new spawn ideas to fix the annoying Guardian spawn issues. It will take a bit longer to finalize and implement these changes, and for this reason the new spawn concept won’t be available with the next update. Instead, the changes could be implemented outside of a Title Update. Either way, we expect TC to reveal more information about this matter by the end of the month.

5. GoW 4 weapon tuning

Following gamer feedback, The Coalition will address the weapon tuning problems in Social/Core playlists. The company will test various ideas in January and roll out a dedicated update.

6. A surprise for Season Pass owners

For the time being, TC refuses to reveal more details about this surprise: “We have something planned for SP owners. Will talk more about it early next week as well.

Gears of War 4 fans are glad to learn that The Coalition has been listening to their feedback. However, there are still some hot issues that need a clear answer as soon as possible, such as:

  • How long will players be losing 2 maps a month?
  • How about visible ranks and stats?
  • What happens to the broken Gnasher?

We expect TC to reveal more information about the upcoming GoW4 changes at the beginning of next week. Speaking of which, let’s play a fortune-telling game: use the comment section below to tell us what you think TC will announce next week.


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