Valentine’s Day is fast approach­ing and if you are much like me, and are sick of hear­ing about it, then play some Gears of War 4. They have a decent update with a new event and some new maps. 

Valentine’s Event

Start­ing yes­ter­day until Feb­ru­ary 20th, the return of Torque Bow Tag mode have arrived. It is a mode where play­ers have a spe­cial Torque Bow (that is pink of course) and when its arrows come in con­tact with an ene­my become a heart, also pro­duc­ing a sound. How mag­i­cal!! There is a video below if you wish to check it out for your­self. 

New Maps

Impact Dark

This is just a redesigned ver­sion of Impact, which has obvi­ous­ly been made with low­er vis­i­bil­i­ty. There are some twist though, includ­ing smoke that also reduces your abil­i­ty to see, forc­ing you to get clos­er to the com­bat. Weapon swaps have been changed — Snipers are now replaced with Bolt­loks, Drop­shot replaced with Torque/EMBAR and the Overkill now sits where Incen­di­aries used to be.

 

War Machine 

This map is back and has had a set­tings change from its clas­sic aban­doned train sta­tion locale. Instead, it is now set in a new COG Set­tle­ment, stat­ed as “stand­ing out with its pris­tine appear­ance and gleam­ing grandiose fea­tures.” Com­pared to the orig­i­nal, this map shows signs of life. Despite the set­ting, the map is laid out exact­ly as it was before. Be pre­pared for the fight over the Sniper, the fight for the Torque near the pil­lars, and the tur­ret for all those poor folks who are sil­ly enough to wan­der into the open. 

 

Guardian Improve­ments

From fan feed­back, they have decid­ed to change the orig­i­nal spawn spawn to some­thing dif­fer­ent. It’s called Leader Spawns. Instead of swap spawns, you will spawn clos­er to your leader, hope­ful­ly giv­ing you a tac­ti­cal edge. Lead­ers now need to posi­tion them­selves in ben­e­fi­cial areas of the map, so oth­er play­ers have more oppor­tu­ni­ty to come to their Lead­ers aid. 

Mys­tery Pack

Also start­ing yes­ter­day, Mys­tery Gear Packs are avail­able for pur­chase (costs 2,000 Credits/$5.00) and includes pre­vi­ous Fea­ture and Com­mu­ni­ty Packs. They are 5-card Gear Packs that can include the fol­low­ing:

  • UIR Elite and UIR Char­ac­ters / Weapon Skins
  • Onyx Gold Char­ac­ters and Weapon Skins
  • Gary Carmine and 10th Anniver­sary Weapons
  • Gears­mas Weapon Skins

Look­ing For­ward

The Coali­tion also announced some of what is to come for the next update in March. A pre-game lob­by sys­tem for Core and Com­pet­i­tive playlists to improve the ranked expe­ri­ence, will in fact be com­ing next month. They also stat­ed they will be work­ing on Lega­cy Char­ac­ters start­ing next month, which will include their voice work and char­ac­ter fideli­ty.

The team also pro­vid­ed a small list of what you could expect for this sum­mer:

  • New “Incon­ceiv­able” Dif­fi­cul­ty (Cam­paign & Horde)
  • Iron­Man Mode (Cam­paign & Horde)
  • Lev­el 6 skills for all class skills
  • More skills for exist­ing class­es
  • New achieve­ments