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Gears of War 4 April Update Video

April 5, 2017 – It’s a new month, which means a fresh update of new content for Gears of War 4! April is bringing the goods with a themed Easter Event plus a major tuning update, ranked play improvements, new maps, additional legacy characters to collect and more! Read on for all the info and check out our Gears 4 April Update ViDoc.

Easter Event

Easter is on the horizon, and as always, Gears of War 4 will be ready to celebrate another holiday with new events and unlocks for fans!

Festivities will kick off with ‘Bunny Hunt’, an  Easter-themed game mode that brings back the oversized Bunny Heads from previous games into a new variation of Guardian. On top of that, fans will get to unwrap five Chocolate Easter Egg-themed weapon skins by registering on GearsofWar.com and completing challenges in this special playlist!

Look out for more information on the Easter Festivities next week as we build up to the big celebration on April 14.

New Maps

This month brings two maps from Gears of War 3 updated and refined to Gears of War 4: Hotel and The Slab!

HOTEL

Hotel was a classic part of the Gears 3 lineup, and we’re excited to bring it back for fans. Hotel is now set on a misty cliff-side, with a long-abandoned reclaimed beauty look that feels right at home in Gears 4. Combat still has a distinct feel between the inside and outside environments, with the longer-range street fight clearly separated from the frantic cover-to-cover battle on the interior. New weapon swaps like the EMBAR now appear on the map, freshening up the familiarity of Hotel and having you learn an old favorite all over again!

THE SLAB

Cell Block 38 in The Slab was where Gears began. Last seen as a post-launch map for Gears of War 3, we return again to Marcus’ prison. For Gears 4, we’ve honored the originals look while cranking up the detail, including a windflare coming dangerously close to the prison. The Slab has a unique two-lane opening separated by an interior courtyard, encouraging plenty of Gnasher and ranged combat despite the smaller size of the map.

Both maps will be available for Season Pass holders to play from today in the Developer Playlist, with Double XP and 20% Bonus Credits to boot. Hotel and The Slab will be available for all to play in Public Matchmaking from April 11onwards.

Coming Up This Month

On top of our Easter Event, there’s even more to come for Gears of War 4 fans to sink their teeth into this April.

Continuing our returning roster of Legacy Characters, we have another addition to the COG lineup coming this month! As with Tai in March, you’ll have a chance at finding them early in this month’s Gear Packs before they become available for Crafting. Speaking of Gear Packs, if the Locust are more your thing, we’ve got you covered – Kantus is coming back this month!

On top of new things to earn, there’ll be new things to play too! Our monthly Horde and Versus events are all about playing Gears of War 4 in a different way – save the date and get involved on April 21 and 28  respectively.

Tuning and Ranking Improvements

Yesterday, we outlined major tuning changes coming to Gears of War 4 with the April Update on our Community Blog. Over the past six months, we’ve watched you play, heard your feedback and gathered data from millions of matches – and we feel like now is the right time to introduce new weapon tuning for Gears 4.

These tuning changes provide a major update to both Core and Competitive play. Our Core changes mostly focus on making the starting weapons fit their role better than before, with reduced range on the Gnasher, improvements to the Hammerburst and slight tweaks to the Lancer. For Competitive, it’s all about adjustments that highlight the teamwork and competitive nature of playing with these team-focused settings.

On top of these updates, we’re making a number of improvements for Ranked Play including Seasons, Season Rewards and more!

Learn about April’s new updates in detail and say up to date with everything Gears of War by bookmarking our Community Hub at gearsofwar.com/community!

Gears Pro Circuit Atlantic City Open Recap

All bets were off this past weekend as the Gears Pro Circuit Atlantic City Open welcomed over 60 teams to the Caesars Atlantic City Hotel & Casino, battling it out over a $200,000 prize pool and bragging rights as the best team in the Gears of War 4 esports scene. In the end, OpTic Gaming emerged victorious to claim the crown for the fourth time in the Gears Pro Circuit, wrapping up an intense weekend full of upsets, drama and excitement.

Next stop for the global Gears Pro Circuit: Paris from Friday, May 5 to Sunday May 7. For more information about the Gears Pro Circuit, please visit www.gears.gg and follow us on Twitter @EsportsGears.

In the meantime, we’ll see you online Gears fans.

EA Access Gamers on Xbox One Can Play Mass Effect Andromeda Early

March 16, 2017 – Beginning today, EA Access (available exclusively on Xbox One) members can join the Andromeda Initiative in “Mass Effect: Andromeda” for up to 10 hours before its launch on March 21 with the EA Access Play First Trial. Be among the first to embark on a mission beyond the borders of our known universe, navigate the uncharted reaches of the Andromeda Galaxy to unravel its mysteries, discover vivid alien worlds and lead the charge to find humanity a new home among the stars in this epic space opera.

Not only can EA Access members play upcoming EA games before they’re released, they also save 10% on all EA digital purchases on Xbox One. Plus, members can instantly expand their gaming library with The Vault, a growing collection of EA’s best Xbox One games such as “Star Wars Battlefront,” “Battlefield 4,” the “Mass Effect” trilogy, “Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2,” “Titanfall” and more which they can play as much as they want. And whether via The Vault or Backward Compatibility, Xbox One is the only device where you can play the entire “Mass Effect” saga.

For gamers who haven’t upgraded to Xbox One, but want to jump into “Mass Effect: Andromeda” early with EA Access, there are a variety of Xbox One S bundles for all types of players. In addition to Xbox One S “Battlefield 1” bundles that include a full-game download of “Battlefield 1” and one month of EA Access, there is the Xbox One S Halo Wars 2 Bundle, the Xbox One S Forza Horizon 3 Bundle, the Xbox One S Minecraft Favorites Bundle and more. Regional prices and offers may vary.

For more information, visit Xbox Wire or EA.com.

*Membership to EA Access required in order to download and play the “Mass Effect: Andromeda” trial.

Gears of War 4 March Update Video

March 7, 2017 – Arriving today, the Gears of War 4 March update adds two new maps, the new Ranked Lobby system, improvements to the Gnasher, fan favorite characters to collect, and a whole lot more.

New Multiplayer Maps

Diner

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!

Old Town

Old Town is back! 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.

Both maps will be available today to Season Pass Holders in the Developer Playlist, complete with Double XP and 20% Bonus Credits. The maps will be added to the standard map rotation for all on March 14th.

Ranked Lobbies

We’re excited to introduce Ranked Lobbies for Core and Competitive playlists! This highly requested community feature improves the flow of matchmaking in Ranked playlists.

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. These features will improve the experience of playing in Ranked Game Modes significantly for our players! Keep an eye out for tuning updates to Core and Competitive playlists planned to arrive in the next couple of weeks.

The Month Ahead

We’ll be kicking things off with a brand-new Legacy Character to collect! This Legacy Character will be available in a few weeks via Crafting, but lucky fans may find him (yes, that’s a hint!) early in our March Gear Packs in the weeks ahead.

Speaking of Gear Packs releasing this month; we’ll have new characters and weapon skins to add to your collection during March. Check out Xbox Wire for a sneak peek.

In addition, we’re adding new monthly events for fans to dive into. Set your watches – starting March 24th we will kickoff a Versus themed weekend, followed a week later on March 31st by a Horde-themed weekend event!

We will continue to add Versus and Horde weekend events with every third Friday after an update featuring a Versus-themed event, followed by a Horde-themed event the weekend following that one. We’ll reveal more about each weekend in the week leading up to the event, but we’re pretty sure Versus Snipers are going to be particularly happy this month.
Gnasher Improvements

Over the past few months, we received numerous reports and videos from users regarding some point-blank inconsistencies with the Gnasher across all game modes. We dived in to investigate, and our findings have led us to making some mechanical changes to the Gnasher that improves its close-range consistency.

Watch our video on YouTube to find out how these changes improve the Gnasher experience in Gears of War 4, or head over to our official website for a detailed breakdown.

Funko Announcement

Funko’s newest set of Pop! figures for Gears of War 4 are coming soon!  These new figures will be arriving later this spring and will include the older and more grizzled Marcus Fenix, Dominic Santiago, Damon Baird, Augustus Cole and Oscar Diaz.  There will also be a “super-sized” 6” tall figure for the iconic Brumak!

Stay tuned to the Funko blog for more information regarding the new Gears of War 4 Pop! figures!

Microsoft Announces Xbox E3 2017 Press Conference Date and Time

Microsoft has announced that its annual E3 Xbox briefing will be moving its time from Monday to Sunday, June 11 at 2PM. Microsoft has not announced the reason for this scheduling change, but we will update you as soon as we hear more.

The big topic for Microsoft at this upcoming briefing will likely be the upcoming Xbox Scorpio game console, which is slated for a release later this year.

LucidSound Announces Xbox One Licensed Products

San Diego, CA – January 3, 2017 LucidSound®, innovators of premium gaming audio hardware, announced today that it will offer officially-licensed audio products for Xbox One and Xbox One S.

A new name in gaming audio, LucidSound began shipping their first gaming headset in March 2016 and has gone on to launch three distinctive products, each acclaimed for their uncompromising focus on audio quality and innovative control.

“The Xbox brand is synonymous with premium gaming and delivering experiences unmatched in interactive entertainment. We can now specifically develop and engineer audio products for the Xbox family of devices, and couldn’t be prouder to be partnering with Microsoft to deliver the next generation of audio to eager fans,” said Chris Von Huben, CEO of LucidSound. “The LucidSound range of products have captured the imagination of gamers, distinguishing themselves from competitors through modern aesthetics, innovative controls and unrivalled audio performance. We’re excited to take our expertise to the Xbox audience and believe that today’s announcement will be a major source of growth for our company in the years ahead.”

LucidSound currently ship three gaming headsets, the LS30 Wireless Universal Gaming Headset, theLS20 Amplified Universal Gaming Headset and the newly released LS40 Wireless Surround Universal Gaming Headset. The new range of licensed Xbox audio products will offer features tailored to the Xbox gamer with further details expected later this year.

For more information, visit lucidsound.com and follow LucidSound on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Xbox One S Release Date Revealed

in a new Microsoft blog post, the company has announced that its upcoming Xbox One S game console will be launched on August 2, 2016.

From the post:

Last month, we revealed a new member of the Xbox One family, the Xbox One S. Today, we’re excited to announce that the highly-anticipated 2TB Xbox One S launch edition will begin hitting shelves in select regions on August 2. That means that all pre-orders will arrive on August 2 and, for those of you that haven’t yet, you can still pre-order a 2TB Xbox One S launch edition through microsoftstore.com and select retailers. Availability is limited and demand is high so you’ll want to check with your local retailer for more information and pre-order your console soon…

Halo Wars 2 Official E3 Trailer

Halo Wars 2 Official E3 Trailer – In Halo Wars 2, the Spirit of Fire and her crew, led by Captain Cutter, face a deadly new faction known as The Banished. Their chief, the Brute warlord Atriox, is both a deadly warrior and brilliant military leader in control of a massive army. The key to victory is knowing your enemy, but Atriox is a threat no one is prepared for.

ReCore E3 Gameplay Trailer

Recore E3 Gameplay Trailer – Presenting ReCore, an XBOX ONE & WINDOWS 10 EXCLUSIVE

From the legendary creator Keiji Inafune, and the makers of Metroid Prime comes ReCore, an action-adventure crafted for a new generation.

Join Joule Adams as she leads a group of Corebot companions on an adventure to save mankind in the dangerous world of Far Eden.