It may have been a year since Gears of War 4 landed, but that doesn’t mean things have calmed down over the past twelve months, and in typical fashion the guys over at The Coalition have yet another monthly update that is here once more to bring another dose of additional content to the popular third-person shooter. Two new maps as well as some exciting news on what’s left to come in 2017 have arrived.
The two maps arriving in Gears of War 4 are Fuel Depot and Lift Apex, both of which make up the final two maps of the scheduled thirty-four that were planned to release for Gears of War 4. For holders of the Gears of War 4 Season Pass, both of these can now be found in-game whilst the date for individual purchase and download is set for October 30th for those without the Season Pass. Each will be available for the usual price of £4.19
Fuel Depot, the first map will prove popular with fans and comes as a remake of the original found in the first Gears of War title. Fuel Depot is a large map that is best known for its flanking opportunities as well as the chance to catch enemies out in the vast open spaces that reside within it. There are two frag grenade spawns, as well as two Longshot Sniper Rifles, both of which are present within cargo containers, and the Hammer of Dawn. The warehouse will provide great opportunities for fans of the Gnasher to compete in close-quarters combat, with shutters also providing chance for fans of the Lancer to get in on the action.
The second and final map, Lift Apex is a renewed version of the original Gears of War 4 Lift map, and sends players back into the Imulsion Extraction Facility in the middle of the Serano Ocean. This version however does come without the expanding areas and moving lift, instead offering up the expanse of the submarine bay, along with all the enclosed defensive positions that are perfect for fans of the Gears of War 4 Horde mode. Timed shutters in the control room provide a way to either segregate players to bring the fight up close and personal, or give a much-needed escape from combat. The elevated area meanwhile will allow scoping opportunities. Lift Apex is sure to be a fantastic and fitting final addition to Gears of War 4.
Not only does the October update mark the end of the monthly maps, but it also spells the end for the popular Developer Playlists that provide the valuable Double XP and 20% bonus credits. That said it isn’t the end of everything as a new bonus is set to arrive in the near future that’s known as the ‘Map Owned’ bonus. This will give a permanent boost to all XP and Credit gains for any maps you individually or as part of the Gears of War 4 Season Pass, with bonuses applied for any match played on them in both Public, Versus or Horde game modes.
With Gears of War 4 already demanding a fair chunk of Xbox Storage, players will be pleased to hear that following optimisation upgrades, Gears of War 4 will now come with an optimised and therefore smaller game file size, freeing up space for other content, even after the October update is downloaded.
Whilst that may be it for the typical monthly updates, there is still plenty more to come from Gears of War 4 in 2017 and with Halloween just around the corner, you can expect to find the festive Halloween event incoming on October 27th, bringing with it the chance to collect some new characters and some new festive weapon skins.
Following on from the Halloween festivities is the month-long celebration of the 11th Anniversary of Gears of War coming on November 6th as well as the Thanksgibbing on November 20th and of course Decembers Gearsmas celebrations.
So that’s everything from the Gears of War 4 October update, and with the final maps now arriving it’s time to look forward to the future events coming to Gears of War 4. Will you be diving in to the new maps? Let us know in the comments below or via our usual social channels.