Ready, set, VREEEEEEEM! The Coalition is prepping to drop a care package for Gears of War 4 later today, featuring the requisite list of fixes and improvements, two new maps, “hundreds” of new collectible cards, and some strict rules about ragequitting games that come bundled with real consequences for people who think it’s totally not obvious that they’re just bad losers.

“We’ve been working hard since launch to introduce new punitive measures in Gears of War 4 that encourage staying to the end of the match and actively participating in Core and Competitive play,” explains community manager TC Octus.

“As of [Title Update 3], we’re introducing new features as a first phase of updates to combat quitting in Core / Competitive. As of this update, players who quit a Core or Competitive Match will now be suspended from all matchmaking of any kind for a limited time to discourage drop out behavior – with the biggest time punishments going to the first player to quit the match. In addition, the more you quit, the longer the suspension you will receive from playing matchmaking.”

To preclude those otherwise inevitable tragedies involving random router resets, EMP bursts, and/or cats, however, a new “Rejoin Match” option will also be available on the Versus menu, and players have five minutes to get back in before they’re sent into time-out in the naughty corner.

The update also includes:

  • Player Cards have been re-designed to take up less visual space
  • Player ammo and reloads are now visible in the Spectator Mode UI
  • Crosshairs are now visible to Spectators
  • Respawn timers are now displayed on Player Cards
  • Weapons holstered onto a player’s back can now be seen in Spectator Mode
  • ‘K’ keyboard button now removes spectator inputs UI and/or the black bar altogether
  • ‘L’ keyboard button toggles Player Cards to the far edges of the screen or normal positioning
  • ‘V’, ‘B’ and ‘N’ keyboard buttons now jump to specific Escalation hill battle cameras
  • Fixed an issue with X-Ray vision not rendering as intended
  • Made X-Ray a ‘toggle’ rather than ‘Press-And-Hold’
  • Fixed the ordering of players in Competitive UI to match the Lobby Order
  • Pressing B while holding Jump Cam now cancels a pending Jump Cam
  • Added new mapping for specific face buttons for specific camera modes, listed below:
    • Gamepad ‘A’, Keyboard ‘Z’ -> Switches to Player or Follow Cam. If already in Player Cam, switch to Follow Cam and vice versa. Last used mode is saved as your preference when switching back to Player/Follow Cam from other modes and when using the Jump Cam
    • Gamepad ‘X’, Keyboard ‘X’ -> Switch to Ghost Cam
    • Gamepad ‘Y’, Keyboard ‘C’ -> Switch to Battle Cam
  • Skill ranking will now be visible again at the end of match scoreboard
  • Added ‘Spawns Swapped’ UI when spawns flip in Versus
  • Increased the Energy cost of the Hammer of Dawn Strike in Horde
  • Increased Escalation Win and Loss bonuses
  • Increased Escalation Win Bounty Rewards
  • Tuned criteria and rewards for King of the Hill Bounties
  • Fixed an exploit that allowed players to teleport Energy to their position in Horde
  • Squad Members can immediately see when they have been removed from a Squad
  • The ‘Horde Skills’ UI Notification alerting you to new skills now works correctly
  • Horde Skill cards can now be equipped and unequipped in the Horde Skills inventory
  • Added UI notification to show new Cards in your collection when opening Gear Packs
  • Improved UI on Turret Heat bar
  • Improved performance when switching tabs in Card view menus
  • Added slider to control how long text chat remains visible after a message
  • The Longshot can no longer shoot through walls if positioned through a 90 degree corner
  • Added a Duplicates Only filter to the Inventory Menu
  • Fixed an issue where audio slowly cut out in Horde
  • Fixed an issue allowing grenade effects to continue into the next round in Versus
  • Removed an exploit allowing users to break the map boundaries in Horde on Foundation
  • Fixed an issue that allowed players to respawn out of the map boundaries in Horde
  • Fixed an issue where offline customization would reset if user changed characters
  • Miscellaneous fixes and improvements

If you’re a local Gears of War 4 player looking for some lank kiff faces to gib, join Xbox Playdates ZA and get in every Wednesday night from 18 January. It’s a jol.

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