Gears of War 4 - The Road Ahead

As we announced with our September Update, October marks the end of our monthly map and major feature updates for Gears of War 4 but we’re very far from done! We have plenty more for you to sink your teeth into throughout 2017 and beyond.

Get those calendars ready – here’s just a few of the major events coming in the next three months!


Gears of War 4’s First Birthday!: Can you believe Gears of War 4 has almost been out for a whole year? We’ll be celebrating with Double XP, a limited time Golden Gear character to collect, the return of the fan-favorite Golden Gun event and a whole bunch more. Stay tuned for info next week!

Final Map Drop: As we prepare for the Xbox One X Enhancements coming this November (more on that in a second), the release of the October Map Drop will coincide with our Xbox One X Ready Update in late October. As always, there will be two maps and a Developer Playlist preview period for Season Pass holders complete with Double XP and 20% Credits.

Halloween: Pumpkin Heads and Phantom Dodgeball will return in our Halloween extravaganza – and maybe a few extra surprises too.


11 Years of Gears of War: You know us. We always go big on the anniversary of the game that started it all – Gears of War 1. Our event this year will be a cavalcade of awesome content, weekly Special Events, more Weapon Skins to earn and a few more surprises. We can’t wait to share more.

Xbox One X Enhanced: If you’re picking up an Xbox One X on launch day (which you really should), you'll be able to experience Gears of War 4 enhanced for your sweet new console day and date on November 7th. Prepare for the full 4K experience including HDR and a bunch of new tech features that make the game more immersive – and stunning - than it’s ever been. Head here for a rundown of our Xbox One X features, and stay tuned for more news on our Xbox One X update throughout October.

Thanksgibbing: It’s baaaaack! While we had to miss out last year due to the close proximity to launch, Thanksgibbing returns this year with a brand new take on the Cluckshot with an appropriately themed special event.


Gearsmas: December in Gears wouldn’t be right without Gearsmas – and it’s bigger and better than ever this year with a whole suite of new Gearsmas content to collect. Snowball Fight will return (now requiring direct hits only based on fan feedback!) as well as our first ever ‘crazy’ Horde variant. You won’t want to miss this.

More To Come: We’re lining up a few other small surprises for December that we’re currently working on. There’s more to come, but we’re not quite ready to confirm anything just yet. So we’ll just leave you with a tease.

On top of all those sweet events, we’ll still have a bunch of new Gear Packs to collect every month. Keep your ear to our Facebook and Twitter accounts if you want to be first to know about the next Gear Packs!

coming in 2018

We will continue to support Gears of War 4 with a wealth of new content, events and more throughout 2018! Here’s just a few of the ways Gears of War 4 will continue to grow over the coming year:

  • New monthly Gear Packs containing characters and weapon skins to add to your collection.
  • Monthly Versus and Horde events with exclusive challenge-based rewards
  • New achievements
  • Major Seasonal events like ‘11 Years of Gears,’ ‘Gearsmas’ and ‘Thanksgibbing!’
  • Ranked Seasons with skill placement rewards
  • Gears of War Esports Season 2
  • Continual balancing improvements to Versus and Horde as needed

Thanks for an amazing first year together. We can’t wait to celebrate with all of you next week with our First Birthday events. See you then.