Gears of War 4 September Update revealed

Gears of War 4 September Update
This is the 11th month of free map updates

Helping to kick off fall is the Gears of War 4 September Update, the penultimate update in the promised one-year support of new content every month. On top of that, it’s available to download for Xbox One and Windows 10 right now. Revealed on Xbox Wire, this update brings two more maps (as usual) in addition to some new achievements, matchmaking improvements and more! (As always, italicized paragraphs are direct quotes.)

Here are the two new maps:

Gears of War 4 September Update

The classic Gears of War 3 battleground set in the hometown of Dominic Santiago’s wife, Maria, makes its much-anticipated return in Gears of War 4! 
Now set in the end stages of winter, the fights you know and love are all here – including the close-quarters pew battles inside the church and the fight to dominate the high ground in the center of the map – playing just like you remember.
Harbor Haze

Gears of War 4 September Update

Prepare for nerve-shaking combat in Harbor Haze! This new take on Harbor is set during the day, and introduces a brand-new mist mechanic that envelopes the battlefield.
The mist can roll in from the sea at any time, dramatically reducing visibility and providing the perfect opportunity for surprise attacks or sneaky flanks. The mist changes the dynamics combat drastically – if you’re brave enough to find out how.
Next up, something we can all enjoy…
New Achievements
This month, we’re adding 500G of new achievements to Gears of War 4! After the hardcore Horde and Campaign achievements included with Rise of the Horde, this new list introduces 20 new achievements focused on your first moments with the game. For many of you, you’ll have these new achievements instantly awarded the day you turn on the game.
Matchmaking Improvements

This month also brings major improvements to your matchmaking experience in Gears of War 4! In the coming weeks, we’ll be switching from Region Locked matchmaking (matching you only with players in your choice of Region) to a new Quality of Service matchmaking system.

What does this mean for you? We’ll match you on local data centers with players of similar connection quality more often, resulting in fairer and better quality matches every time you play.

More to come!

More stuff will be rolling out across the month, including Ranked Season 2 and new Gear Packs that begin with the return of the Locust Sniper.

Gears of War 4 September Update What’s next for Gears of War 4?

The Gears of War 4 September Update is the second-to-last promised update however, support won’t be stopping there. Here’s a list of some things coming after October 2017:

  • Xbox One X Enhanced Update, featuring support for 4K, HDR, Dolby Atmos and new graphical enhancements
  • New Gear Packs containing characters and weapon skins to add to your collection.
  • Monthly Versus and Horde events with exclusive challenge-based rewards
  • Major Seasonal events like ‘11 Years of Gears,’ ‘Gearsmas’ and – yes – ‘Thanksgibbing!’
  • Ranked Seasons with skill placement rewards
  • Continual balancing improvements to Versus and Horde
  • Refinements to ‘Casual’ mode in Campaign with increased player health and damage dealt
  • New achievements

More maps is always a great thing however, personally I’m very excited to see Mercy return. I’ve got quite a few fond memories of Gears of War 3 Horde on that map, so it will be interesting to see if it still holds up. Until next month, enjoy!