Jan 10, 2017
Today Microsoft announced details about the January Update for Gears of War 4. Going live today, January 10, this update introduces 280 new Cards to collect, two of the most popular maps in franchise history, and hotly requested community features that further improve the Gears of War 4 online experience.

The Series 2 cards include iconic characters of the past and a wealth of new weapon skins. There's something for everyone in this latest drop. All Series 2 cards are available in standard Gear Packs and are craftable using Scrap.

Thirteen new characters are up for grabs in Series 2, including the first delivery of Legacy Characters in Gears of War 4. Armored Anya and Armored Sam are back in their Gears 3 armor, and Zombie Minh rises from the dead (sporting Raam's blade-sized hole in his chest!). Additionally, there are over 260 new Weapon Skins to collect across thirteen full weapon skin sets.

This month, two fan-favorite maps come to life in Gears of War 4: Blood Drive and Clocktower. Both maps are available to Season Pass holders in the Developer Playlist today (including Double XP and 20% more Credits), and will be available for free for everyone in Public Play starting January 17.

Apart from that, Microsoft is excited to announce the Series 2 Airdrop for Season Pass holders! Arriving January 13, this special Season Pass Airdrop is loaded with twenty Gear Packs containing sixty random cards from the Series 2 Characters and Weapon Skins, giving you a head start on building your new collection of content. This new Airdrop will be awarded to anyone who has purchased the Gears of War 4 Season Pass, and instantly to any new Season Pass holders from that date onward. In addition, Season Pass holders will also now be able to log in and claim a bonus Bounty Gear Pack every Friday.

Alongside the release of Series 2, Title Update 3 brings the first phase of a hotly-requested community feature–quit penalties. Their new matchmaking timeout system punishes leaving the fight early, while the Join In Progress feature gives you the flexibility to rejoin the battle for a short time–if, say, your dog tripped the power cable. It happens.

This new update also contains improvements to Spectator Mode, keeping the action front and center while adding new features that give you more information about the intense eSports action playing out live. See it in action this Wednesday, January 11 for the first time during the Gears eSports Fight Night from 3 PM PDT here.
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