Gears of War 4 December 2017 Update

Our latest Update for Gears of War 4 arrives on December 7th 2017, featuring new achievements, improved Credit and XP earn rates for Versus, new Series 3 Cards and more.

Read on for full information including the first details on our upcoming yearly festive treat - Gearsmas!

Improved Versus Credits and XP Gain

Beginning with the launch of our December 2017 Update, we’re introducing an improved Credit and XP Earn rate to Versus!

The goal of these changes is to give our players the ability to earn an similar amount of credits (based on time spent) whether you choose to play Versus or Horde. We've also improved XP rates for Versus in line with this balancing pass.

New Achievements

500 more gamerscore is up for grabs in Gears of War 4 this month with 10 brand new achievements to sink your teeth into!

The new Versus achievements will challenge your teamwork, skill, mastery of weapons and experience on Gears of War 4. Prove your mastery of campaign by beating Inconcievable on Solo - or try something new by beating it without the use of a Lancer or Gnasher!

The full list can be found below. Achievements marked with [R] (Retroactive) will unlock if you have already completed the requirements when the update releases.

[R] Momma Said I Can’t Die (50G) – Beat the campaign on Inconceivable solo

Pick Me Up (50G) - Complete Campaign on Hardcore or higher without ever killing an enemy with a Lancer or Gnasher (includes Co-Op Partner)

[R] I’m In The Zone (50G) - Kill 10 players without dying in Versus Multiplayer (Public only)

Tour De Force (50G) – Finish a Versus match on all 24 post-launch Versus maps (Public only)

[R] Veteran Gear (50G) – Play 100 hours of Versus Multiplayer

[R] Master At Arms (100G) – Get 50 kills with every weapon in Versus, excluding grenades (Public Only)

[R] Best Teammate (100G) – Earn 1000 damage or spotting assists in Versus (Public Only)

[R] Mine! (10G) – Own 10 Cards from the Series 3 Collection

[R] I Like Em Crispy (20G) – Collect 5 Flaming Weapon Skins from Versus Special Events

[R] Better Than Bacon (20G) – Collect 5 Midnight Omen Weapon Skins from Horde Special Events

17 New Cards Added To Series 3!

Series 3 gets even bigger this month with 17 more Cards added to the collection, which now features over 70 Cards!

The Onyx Gold Swarm Grenadier, Swarm Hunter and Swarm Drone plus the Onyx Gold Weapon Skin set are now craftable as part of the Series 3 Collection! You also have a chance to find them in any Gear Pack.

New Horde Event Skins

We’ve been offering the Flaming Weapon Skin set as earnable skins via Special Event challenges on Now, we’re ready to introduce a brand new weapon skin set exclusively for Horde players to earn during Special Events. Introducing – Midnight Omen!

We’ll talk more about Midnight Omen and how to begin collecting these animated skins later this month.

Gearsmas Is Coming!

We’re excited to announce that Gearsmas will officially begin on Friday 15th December!

Prepare for a Holiday-tastic Horde Special Event, the return of TDM Snowball Fight (now requiring direct hits!), and a bunch of great Gearsmas content to collect.  You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the Gearsmas Festivities, as we’ll be leaving them live throughout the Holiday season until January 2nd.

To kick things off, we’re also launching the 12 Days of Gearsmas from Sunday 10th December! Every day, we’ll have a new bonus or login reward to collect – from Gearsmas 2016 content to XP bonus events and even our first ever Credit multiplier events! Keep an eye on our Facebook or Twitter to make sure you know what’s going on every day.

Windows 10 Issues

We are aware of some recent issues that have caused problems launching or downloading Gears of War 4 on Windows 10.

This issue continues to be a high priority issue for us. Our team here and teams throughout Microsoft (including the MS Store) are working to resolve this problem. Thank you for your patience while we work to get this fixed as soon as possible. 

We have identified a temporary workaround that will resolve the issue that, while not ideal, will get you back playing when completed. These steps involve removing the game from your system and downloading the game again in its entirety in the steps shown below.

1. Uninstall app from app list (right click -> uninstall) or uninstall from Apps & Features. 

2. Turn off your PC. 

3. Wait ~10 minutes and turn on your PC. 

4. Install the game from the store again. 

We’ll continue providing updates when we have them for our PC community.

Please note this is unrelated to the Driver issues reported by players, which we are still working with our partners on to get resolved. Meetings are occurring regularly on this issue. 

That’s it from us. We’ll be back with more news tomorrow when we debut a brand new Gear Pack featuring a long anticipated Locust enemy type from the past. See you then.


Update Notes

  • Added 10 achievements worth 500G!
  • Improved Credit and XP Earn rate for Versus game modes to be more even with earn rates in Horde
  • Horde Events now support Holiday Hats!
  • Xbox One X: Long games of Escalation no longer cause the game to crash
  • Removed multiple exploits allowing players to go out of bounds on Horde maps
  • Fixed an exploit involving ledge drop downs
  • Improved Versus and Horde dialogue for Bernie, Hoffman, Oscar and Sam in line with improvements made to other character dialogue