Sep 5 2017 - 7:13 pm

Gears of War 4 receives two new maps, 20 achievements in September

A classic map from Gears of War 3 is coming back, too.
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A huge content update is about to hit Microsoft's Gears of War 4. And for long-time series fans, that includes a return to one of Gears of War 3's best maps: Mercy.

Mercy is launching for Gears of War 4 this September, recreated from the third game for the latest release. Set in late winter, this map includes the "close-quarters pew battles" and "high ground in the center of the map" straight from the original map, sure to make Mercy a highly played map across the Gears of War community.

Alongside Mercy, Harbor is also getting a new iteration. Called "Harbor Haze," this map features misty fog that significantly diminishes visibility during combat. Combat is much more dynamic on Harbor Haze as a result, giving new life to a well-known map.

"The mist can roll in from the sea at any time, dramatically reducing visibility and providing the perfect opportunity for surprise attacks or sneaky flanks," The Coalition's community manager Liam Ashley wrote for the Xbox Wire. "The mist changes the dynamics combat drastically–if you’re brave enough to find out how."

Both Mercy and Harbor Haze are already available as part of the Developer Playlist for Season Pass holders. For everyone else, the maps officially launch Sept. 12.

But Gears of War 4 isn't just receiving maps this September. 500G worth of new achievements are also headed to Gears of War 4, focusing on the game's first 10 hours. This means that many veteran players will be gaining nearly (if not all) 20 achievements added to their Gamerscore just by receiving the update.

Matchmaking is receiving a major overhaul as well, with Quality of Service matchmaking replacing Region Locked play. According to Ashley, this will make competition fairer between players.

"We’ll match you on local data centers with players of similar connection quality more often, resulting in fairer and better quality matches every time you play," Ashley said. Improvements are also coming to Skill Based Matchmaking, enhancing matchmaking picks.

This month's update isn't the end for Gears of War 4, of course. Originally released in Oct. 2016, The Coalition vows to support Gears of War 4 into 2018, giving the game an Xbox One X Enhanced Update, new Gear Packs, seasonal events, and balancing tweaks for both Versus and Horde mode. It remains unclear where Gears of War is headed next, but for the time being, there's plenty yet to see for the current game.

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