Gears of War 4 - Versus Series 3

Ranked Season 3 Arrives January 18th

Our next Ranked Season is upon us, with the switchover to Season 3 happening on January 18th! If you’re on that grind for your highest placement, you still have just under two weeks to fulfill those Gears aspirations. You can do it. We believe in you.

In Season 3, we’ll be taking the opportunity to make some playlist changes along with introducing an improved ‘end-game’ for those elite enough to be members of Diamond division. Here's a rundown of all the updates happening alongside Ranked Season 3.

Playlist Consolidation

With Season 3, we took the opportunity to review our playlists in everything from player participation to matchmaking times to time played.

After reviewing all the data, Warzone and Arms Race immediately stood out as modes with have a much lower number of players than any other playlist, resulting in extended wait times at almost any time of the day. So, after careful consideration, we have decided to remove Warzone and Arms Race from Ranked beginning with Season 3.

We feel it’s important to ensure we’re always offering a quality matchmaking experience whenever possible and both playlists fall under those expectations.

We understand this will likely come as a disappointment to some hardcore fans of these particular game modes. It’s not a decision we made lightly. In the future, we’ll look for opportunities to bring the modes into the spotlight individually in addition to both modes will continue to be available in Social and Private Play.

Additionally, to send off the Ranked playlists for both modes, Arms Race and Warzone Core Playlists now offer Double XP until the Season 3 rollover.

Competitive Warmup - NOW WITH MORE WARMUP!

Based on community feedback, we’re adding more modes to Competitive Warmup with Season 3!

Team Deathmatch, Guardian and Execution will be joining the existing roster of King of the Hill and Dodgeball beginning January 18th.

New Diamond Tiers

If you’ve earned Diamond in Gears of War 4, you might find yourself wondering how you can push yourself to be even better.

With Season 3, we’re splitting Diamond into not three but FIVE tiers of Skill. When you reach Diamond, you’ll now have the opportunity to push yourself to be in the top echelon of Gears players – including the top tier Diamond Master rank which puts you among the best in the world.

We’ll reveal the new names, icons and rewards for these new Diamond Tiers just before we launch Season 3 next week.

That's it for now on all things Season 3. Look for more news along with the new news, icons and rewards for the new Diamond Tiers next week!