Gears Of War Gets Fresh August Update With New Maps And More

It's the beginning of August, and that means The Coalition has some more content coming to Gears of War 4 – and there's some pretty good stuff lined up for multiplayer fans.

The team revealed the new content today, which consists of a pair of new maps, as well as some other goodies. We've detailed them in the information below:

Forge Blitz

Forge Blitz is a tighter, faster pace evolution of the map Forge that builds upon the spirit of the original to create a map filled with new combat experiences. All of this action takes place in a sand-swept factory damaged over time by a Windflare, underneath a blazing hot desert sun.

If the original Forge was chess-like, Forge Blitz is chess on a high-speed moving train. We've looked at every key fight on the map and found new ways to make them faster, more tactical and more intense than ever before.

Gone are the secondary entrances to the Control Room as well as the elbow behind the Incinerator, forcing combat into more focused areas with more direct fronts. Both exits from either spawn have also been tightened up to provide less open space and more opportunities to be aggressive.

The Control Room combat is now also more intense than ever with more angles and cover options to push your opponents hard. The defining Incinerator still dominates the horizon, but now you'll need to look out for the telltale flames inside to know if it's armed and ready. One button press from an enemy or ally, and you could be toast! These new changes were influenced by Forge's time as a Gears Esports Pro Circuit map, and we can't wait to see teams take on this map at the highest level this August.

Canals

You never forget your first run to the Longshot on Canals – and that tense 1v1 showdown that follows. Canals returns in Gears of War 4, bringing back the classic triple bridge combat over a shallow canal that was a defining part of the original Gears of War Versus experience. Set in the city of Timgad in the dark of the night lit only by moonlight and street lamps, Canals oozes with that classic Gears of War ominous atmosphere.

Snipers have a massive impact on the flow of the fight with long sightlines and plenty of places to hide, but prepared to pull out your Gnasher at a moment's notice for an intense close quarters fight on the narrow bridges.

Both maps are available now for Season Pass Holders in the Double XP and 20% Bonus Credit 'Developer Playlist'! Everyone can dive into both Forge Blitz and Canals beginning on August 8th when they are added to Public Matchmaking.

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In addition, the team is also continuing its Summer of Gears event, where you can score 500 credits for your first win of the day, every day in August. On top of that, the second season of the Gears Pro Circuit is set to kick off soon, and there's already Escalation Ring placement improvements to a number of maps, including Diner, Impact, Lift and the Slab.

Gears of War 4 is available now for Xbox One and Windows PC.