Gears of War Update Incoming - New Multiplayer Maps As Well!

Thanks to American Ninja for the head's up last night.

An update for Epic's mega smash hit Gears of War will be released sometime tomorrow (Tuesday) which will address several of the bugs currently plaguing the game. Glitches for the most part have not been addressed in this update, but I'm sure Epic is working on fixing those as well.

Epic will also, late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning release some new multiplayer maps for the game. According to reports, two maps will be released - Raven Down and Old Bones. Raven Down takes place in a large battlefield, where a Raven helicopter has gone down. Of course the Locust Horde are there to make things interesting. And Old Bones takes place in the "Sera's Capitaline Museums" area, where the Locust Horde are trying to destroy all remaining traces of Humanity.

So we are getting a patch tomorrow, and some new content (for free remember, go go Epic) this week for the 2.7 million copy seller Gears of War. What issues are they fixing? Well here you go:

  • Fixed aspect ratio distortion when using VGA cable with 4:3 displays at resolutions higher than 640x480
  • Fixed voice issue with new players joining Player Match games in progress
  • Players can now get the Achievement for "Dish Best Served Cold" when using Troika turret to kill RAAM
  • Fixed rare situation where host could loop countdown and never start match
  • Fixed rare situation where players could get stuck after chainsawing in multiplayer
  • Reduced Grenade Tag melee distance
  • Enabled "Strict" NAT check on host to prevent possible connection issues
  • Optimized server browser queries to return results more quickly and prevent scroll bars from hiding quality of service icons
  • Removed host name from Ranked match server browser
  • Disabled security cameras in Ranked matches
  • Ranked matches now require balanced teams (3v3 or 4v4)
  • Increased penalty for quitting a Ranked match to -50 points
  • Added additional cheat detection code
  • Additional housekeeping updates
I bolded some of the more important changes/fixes. So there you have it folks, enjoy the update and new content when it is released.

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"Reduced Grenade Tag melee distance"


YESSSSS!!!!!!!!


I usually never get killed too often that way, but it's still annoying as hell when someone 10 feet away is somehow able to tag you.

This should extend the replay value by another 2 weeks or so. The game was fun for a while, but got so repetitive. I ended up trading mine in. I think most of the hype surrounding it is because of the graphics and gore. The game mechanics aren't anything spectacular in my opinion. I was one of the people that couldn't wait for this game, but it just didn't hold my interest for that long. Co-op was a blast, though. That said, I'm still looking forward to GoW2.

BlackShadow said,
Well, you can have your friend send you a game invite you know...

Only in a player match, not a ranked game.

Ranked matches in Gears to get even worse. For a game that is tean based is sure making it hard to play ranked games with your friends.

Removed host name from Ranked match server browser :mad:

i was in the "players get stick after chainsawing" situation. I had no mic and no way of telling the others..

So i just took all the slack they gave me...

...


i'm getting a mic

Increased penalty for quitting a Ranked match to -50 points

-I hope meny players will be happy about this one because lots of people kept complaining about people leaving.