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Windows 10 Ranked Play
When we released Crossplay support in Social, our players on Windows 10 flocked to the playlist to play in the broadest playerbase possible. Since that time, Windows 10 players have found it increasingly difficult to find matches in Core and Competitive, so we've been working on solutions as quickly as possible to provide an improved experience on the platform. Today, we're excited to announce a series of updates to unlock Core and Competitive play for our fans on Windows 10!
Live Today - Playlist Change
Our first step is to make an immediate update that provides a focused Ranked Play experience for our PC audience. This is a temporary step that we hope will focus our Windows 10 audience into specific playlists, and provide an opportunity for our players to participate in Ranked Play while we work on our major upcoming Crossplay feature. As of today, Windows 10 players will now see the following playlist setup:
TDM or KOTH (Rotates Weekly)
Competitive Warm Up (Crossplay)
With a reduced playlist offering available for Windows 10 players, the Ranked And Filed and Seriously 4.0 achievements cannot be completed due to their requirement of placing in all playlists. In our May Update, both of these achievements will be updated for players on both platforms to only require placement in one Core and one Competitive playlist.
As for our permanent solution - Crossplay is coming to Ranked Play! That means Xbox and PC players will be able to play alongside each other and compete for Ranks in any Core and Competitive playlist. So why aren't we doing this now?
Core and Competitive are key experiences in Gears of War 4 that offer a more skill-based matchmade environment. While we know many of our players will enjoy playing against their opponents regardless of platform, we also know many of our players will want to ensure a level playing field - and that means keeping their opponents on the same platform as they are.
As such, later this year, we will be adding a new 'Ranked Crossplay' Toggle for our Xbox One players! Xbox One players will have the choice of playing with or without Windows 10 players in any Core or Competitive Playlist with this toggle - though Social, Competitive Warm Up and Special Events will always be Crossplay enabled regardless. As we want to make sure Windows 10 players can experience any Ranked Playlist, the toggle will not be available on Windows 10.
Once we've added this feature to Gears of War 4, we'll then update our playlists to allow for Crossplay. We haven't got a set date for the feature yet, but we hope to deliver it in the months to come!