Competitive Gears Of War 4 Crossplay Trial Happening This Weekend


This upcoming weekend (Dec 2-5 2016), The Coalition, will be holding a crossplay weekend for Gears of War 4 for Xbox One and Windows 10. The purpose is a trial of sorts as they want to basically gauge some performance metrics on both platforms in regards to the crossplay. For those who play the game, you’re aware (hopefully) that crossplay co-op only works for non-competitive modes. Basically, PC and Xbox One players aren’t able to play against each other in any PVP modes. No Team Deathmatch, no Dodgeball or King of the Hill and honestly it’s a bit of a disappointment.

In their recent announcement , they are enabling this ability so that both Xbox One and Windows 10 players will be able to join Team Deathmatch, Dodgeball, and King of the Hill sessions via cross-platform play. This is due to fans of the title asking for this and now they want to see exactly how this works out if it works out at all. It’s definitely a risky proposal, especially with the differences in controls and yes, even the aimbotters on the PC side of things. It’s nice to see that they’re considering the option.

The entire announcement can be found below.

Hello Gears fans! 

The time has come for us to run a special test weekend event to trial Crossplay Versus in Gears of War 4. This test is being conducted to evaluate the potential of a more permanent Crossplay solution in the future to allow Windows 10 and Xbox One gamers to play together in Versus outside of Private Matches. 

Crossplay is divisive in any Versus experience, and Gears of War 4 is no different. 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. 

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. 

We need as many of you to participate as possible to make this a truly effective test. As a thank you for participating, we’ve increased the win / loss XP for match completion and allows squads of up to 5 players into this Social style playlist. Some of you may play this weekend and never match with another PC gamer. Others will. Regardless, we’d truly appreciate your feedback. 

The settings for this test are as follows: 

Playlist Settings 
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 

Please do let us know your feedback by posting in this thread. Please tell us the Platform you play on and how you felt about the gameplay experience if you knowingly played with players on another platform. 

Even if you haven’t been in a match in Crossplay, we still want to hear your voice. Let us know your concerns or hopes for Crossplay Versus in this thread along with which platform you primarily play on. 

Thank you in advance for your feedback and time to help us perform this special test. 

The Coalition

Definitely going to be a busy weekend for sure, but I’ll make sure I check this out. If you’re a Gears of War 4 fan, you shouldn’t miss out on this either.

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Keith Mitchell is the Founder and Editor in Chief of The Outerhaven. A grizzled IT professional during the day, but a passionate lover of video games after his 9-5 grid. Loves playing the Dark Souls series and has been gaming since he was 6 years old. Available for podcasts upon request.