The Coalition has yanked the gore-clotted tarp off Gears of War 4‘s “Rise of the Horde” update, which adds a quivering heap of new stuff to the game’s co-op Horde mode, plus two new difficulty levels, new achievements, two revamped maps from previous games, and much more. And it’s totally free! NIIIIICE.
The update introduces three new skills for every class, including a cloaking ability for Scouts, regenerating grenades for the Soldier, and multi-target shot penetration for Snipers
Horde skills can rank up to level six
Bosses now drop a random class skill at the end of waves 30, 40, and 50
Two new difficulty levels – Inconceivable and Ironman – are available for extreme masochists who thought Insane wasn’t already hard enough
20 new achievements, woo baby!
Gears of War 2‘s Avalanche and Gears of War 3‘s Rust Lung maps are back
PC and Xbox One crossplay is (optionally) enabled in Ranked playlists
From 9-15 June, a 10-hour trial version of Gears of War 4 will also be free to download and play on Xbox One and PC, with the first campaign Act and the game’s Horde and Versus modes unlocked for that time.