Welcome to another What’s Up Gears fans! Given the big surprise we dropped yesterday, we know you’re probably very eager for the meat on the Boxes bones today - so let’s make this quick. Here’s What’s Up this week in Gears:

  • Boxes and 2v2 Gnashers Only Execution are coming soon to Gears 4!
  • Get first hands on with Boxes at the San Diego Open 2v2 Tournament
  • Level up Horde skills fast this weekend with the Feral Horde Pack
  • 4XP Execution and Global 2XP continues throughout the weekend

Coming Up In Gears of War 4

Gears of War 4 - Boxes Trailer
Boxes Makes A Comeback

Return to the arena that makes - or breaks - friendships. Boxes (2v2) is coming soon to Gears 4, FREE for all players! Check it out in the trailer above.

For those of you not in the know, Boxes is a sectioned-off version of War Machine that offers the spicy mix of long, short, tall and pillar cover – all in one very small 2v2 focused map. While it was first officially featured in Gears of War: Ultimate Edition as the 2v2 Gnashers Only Execution map, the inspiration comes from 2v2 showdowns the community hosted back in the Gears 1 days in the very same spot.

We’ll be making Boxes available in both Public Play and Private Play this Fall.

Well, keen Gears fan you, the first hands-on with Boxes for fans will be at our 2v2 tournament at the Gears Esports San Diego Open with a WHOPPING $10,000 prize pool! You don’t need to be a pro to enter – all you need is a Spectator Pass and the guts to sign up to the tournament. Want in? Head here to get your tickets.

Just before we wrap things up on Boxes, we’ve wanted to answer a few common questions in the community we’ve seen yesterday. Onwards to knowledge!

Q: This better be Competitive settings!!!11!!!

A: Not really a question, but okay. We will be adding a mode with the release of Boxes called ‘2v2 Gnasher Execution’ which will allow you to host Private Matches with Gnasher Only starts and Competitive settings. It’ll work on any map, but it’s perfect for Boxes.

As for Public Play, we’re not quite ready to share details on our plans as we get them finalized – but we can promise that any Boxes 2v2 Gnasher focused playlist will always use Competitive settings.

Q: Will Brothers To The End be a permanent playlist?

A: Great question. As above, we’re not quite ready to talk about 2v2 playlist plans – though we can say it’s unlikely Boxes would be used in a Brothers To The End playlist.

Q: Do I need to own Season Pass to play this in Private Match?

A: Nope! This is a bonus 2v2 map beyond the 24 we promised as part of Season Pass, so we’re ensuring it’s free for everyone in both Public AND Private Play.

Q: Can I play other modes on this map?

A: As funny as that would be… no. Boxes doesn’t support other Versus modes or Horde. Once released, you’ll need to select 2v2 Gnashers Only Execution in order for it to appear in your Map List as an option.

Q: Can I throw down my 1v1s on this map?

A: If you think you’ve got the skills - 1v1 to your heart’s content in Private Matches.

Feral Horde Pack

By popular demand (understatement!), we’re bringing back the 400 Credit Feral Horde Pack beginning tomorrow!

This Pack is perfect for collecting Epic Horde Skills, with Epic Skill drop rates greatly increased vs standard Horde Packs. There’s also a couple of animal themed weapon skin sets if that’s more your jam.

Find the Feral Horde Pack in-game for this weekend only.

Summer of Gears

4XP Execution continues throughout this weekend until Monday, at which point we’ll be switching to…

*Drum roll*

King of the Hill! Get 4XP in KOTH beginning next Monday through to Tuesday 4th September (so you can enjoy that long Labor Day weekend with one extra day of KOTH XP goodness!). Double XP is still active in all other Versus playlists and Horde until the end of the month too!

Design An Achievement Contest

We’ve had a blast going through the community submitted ideas for our last ever 500G drop of achievements for Gears 4. Our judging has concluded, and we now have a provisional list to go make!

Before reading on, an important disclaimer: this is not the final achievement list. Provisional means provisional – when we go away and develop this list, names may change, requirements may alter and some achievements may be cut. You’ve been warned!

Honored Gear - Earn your first Wings at Re-Up 11. Inspired by the community.

Judge, Jury and Executioner - In any mode, perform one of each unique execution. Inspired by Blowfish666. (and technically Gears 3’s achievement of the same name!)

When The Shower Is Too Hot - In any mode, kill an enemy with dripping flames from an Incendiary Grenade. Inspired by SmugDoomGuy.

Deadly Resourceful - In Act 4 Chapter 4 of the Campaign, kill the Swarmak using a different weapon to pop each Blister on Insane or above. Inspired by Yurgi Windu. (Note: Subject to playtesting, this may be a reduced count than every blister).

Hi, Mom. - Go home and say hi to Mom. Inspired by the community.

I'll Take That - In Public Versus, kill an opponent holding a power weapon and claim it for yourself 5 times. Inspired by Rabid Czun.

Active Lifestyle - In Public Versus, kill 100 opponents with active reload rounds. Inspired by Gambler125.

Sorry, That's Never Happened To Me Before - In Public Versus, win a round of Guardian, Execution, Escalation or Dodgeball in under 60 seconds. Inspired by Tuhin94.

Play The OBJ - Get 200 ring captures and 100 ring breaks in either King of the Hill or Escalation (Public Versus Only). Inspired by DarthDara.

Who Want’s Toast? - Roast a Horde boss in the Forge or Forge Blitz Incinerator on Hardcore or above difficulty. Inspired by The lMlan. (Note: Subject to playtesting / pathing verification).

Kinda Missed 'Em In A Weird Way - Get the band back together and complete a 25 or 50 wave variant of Horde with Marcus, Cole, Dom, Baird and Anya all present.

Secret Achievement – It’s a secret! Inspired by the community (credit to creator given in the unlock description).

Secret Achievement – It’s a secret! Inspired by the community (credit to creator given in the unlock description).

2x Secret Achievements created by TC

2x TBA Achievements created by TC

We think this list is packed with a lot of fun stuff. Let us know what you think – tweet us your thoughts to @CoalitionGears on Twitter!

This Week In Esports

Gears Pro Circuit San Diego Open 2v2 Trailer

This week saw the return of Gears Fight Night, which included the 2K finals for Latin and North America, along with an exciting announcement pertaining to the upcoming Gears Pro Circuit San Diego Open.

The show kicked off with the LATAM 2K final between the top two regional teams OpTic Mexico and Team Cryptik. Although on paper the teams appeared to be closely matched, OpTic Mexico’s squad would come out swinging and not let up, shutting out the second best team in the region 7-0 in what might have been the fastest game of Escalation we’ve seen in Pro Circuit play. Although Cryptik would show some life in the second frame, OpTic would prove to be too much to handle and take map two 7-3.

Our second match of the night also featured top regional teams going at it, as OpTic Gaming once more renewed their storied rivalry with Echo Fox, this time with the  who had handily toppled the Green Wall on the August 1st show by a score of 7-2, 7-4. Unfortunately for Echo Fox fans, this week’s results would be decidedly different. Not to be outdone by their LATAM team, OpTic Gaming take down their chief rivals by the same aggregate score as OpTic Mexico, dispatching Echo Fox 7-2, 7-1 to take home this week’s NA 2K crown.

The biggest news coming out of Gears Esports this week, however, was the announcement of the 2v2 Gnashers Only side tournament set to take place at the Gears Pro Circuit San Diego Open next month. Making its debut with a $10,000 prize pool, the tournament will be free to enter for anyone holding an event pass (spectator or team). Think you have what it takes to bang with the best? Now’s your chance to prove it. Check out http://MLG.com/GearsSanDiego for all your event details, such as passes, venue info, hotel discounts, and more.

Museum of Community Glory

Greetings Gears, Vectes here. This week is all about Fan Art! We love to see fans’ creations as their own interpretation of the Gears universe and their characters. Similar to Cosplay, there is nothing better to see your own personal take on what Gears means to you. Art is one way to express yourself, your feelings, and it can definitely speak louder than words.

Anyway, that’s enough philosophical talk for today. Without further ado, here are the Artists we wanted to highlight this week:

epim10

A good friend of mine PaulyAulyWog drew this for me:

 

arukun14

Been a while since I’ve posted, but I can definitely put some of my old fan art up. Probably my favorites!

kaipod4 / Dexter

I’m a big GEARS of WAR fan! And love anything and everything GOW! Here is my portfolio which has lots of Gears art. Keep checking for new art, as I’m doing new stuff everyday!

  

CasshanGear

Hey! a contest for my favorite game? Let’s do it! Here’s an Old Man Marcus I did a time ago.

Link to my portfolio: DevianArt | ArtStation

Amazing work! Please be sure to continue to send us your art here. We will be sure to feature more Fan Art in a future What’s Up!

Next week, we will put our focus back on our Gears Video Creators. Are you one of them? Tweet a link to your channel to @CoalitionGears with #WhatsUpGears for a chance to be featured in What’s Up next week! Everyone featured will receive the TCA Commendation Lancer.