The future of competitive Gears of War 4 cross platform play depends on how this test goes.
Gears of War 4 is playable across the Windows 10 and Xbox One versions, at least for the co-op modes in the game- but now, it will soon be playable across both platforms in competitive modes, too. The Coalition have announced that starting this Friday, they will be holding a special Gears of War 4 crossplay test weekend to evaluate the potential of allowing PC and Xbox One gamers to play togetherbeyond just ht eco-op multiplayer modes.
“Crossplay is divisive in any Versus experience, and Gears of War 4 is no different,” The Coalition said. “From the beginning, we stated our intention to keep both platforms separate in non-cooperative game modes in order to preserve competitive balance. Conserving a fair, competitive environment remains a top priority for us,” they continued, explaining their trepidation to implement competitive cross platform play before this, owing to the natural advantage that PC players have as a result of using keyboard and mouse based controls.
“The purpose of this weekend is to give Crossplay a trial run in a public playlist. We care deeply about players on both platforms and we’ve heard you, so our goal is to use this event to bring in a ton of data and listen to feedback from players on both platforms to examine the results.
“What comes next after this hasn’t been decided – this weekend is an incredibly important first step in this process. Once we use the combination of our data and your feedback together, we’ll be able to make an informed next step (or not as the case may be). The key thing we want to stress is that we won’t be making any surprise changes all of a sudden based on this weekend.”
If you want to participate in this test, so The Coalition can assess the effectiveness of cross platform play better, you’ll probably want to keep the Playlist Settings below in mind. Gears of War 4 is available now on Xbox One and PCs running Windows 10.
PC and Xbox players can matchmake together in this special Versus Playlist from Friday December 2nd – Monday December 5th.
Playlist Type: Social
Modes: Team Deathmatch, Dodgeball, King of the Hill
Maps: All (including Checkout and Dry Dock)
Win XP: 1500 (up from 600)
Loss XP: 750 (up from 100)
Maximum Squad Size: 5