The Coalition has announced that a new update for Gears of War 4 will go live later today at 10 a.m. PDT. The main focus of this update is to add some new maps and to better deal with quitters.
The Coalition is looking for a way to deal with those who leave multiplayer matches early with this update. Following this update, players who quit a Core or Competitive Match will now be suspended from all matchmaking for a limited time–with the biggest time punishments going to the first player to quit the match. Also, the more a player quits, the longer the suspension from matchmaking will be.
Players who are disconnected from the match will not have to worry about punishment. A new “Rejoin Match” option has been added to the main Versus menu that allows players to rejoin a match for up to five minutes after leaving, with no penalty.
“With these new features, we hope to see a major improvement in player mentality to committing to a match in Core and Competitive,” the developer explains. “We have further quit penalty and balanced match features in the works – including Core/Competitive pre-game lobbies – coming in future Title Updates to further improve the online experience.”
Along with addressing the quitting problem, the update also adds two new maps and Series 2 of Gear Pack content. More details will be shared about this new content later today, but The Coalition warns that Series 2 content will not start dropping from Gear Packs until a few hours after the update has gone live.
Gears of War 4 is out now for the Xbox One and PC. You can find the full patch notes here.
SOURCE: The Coalition