BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Microsoft announced exciting news regarding the new update on Gears of War 4. The game will offer the possibility of crossover between PC and Xbox users. Thus, the players who use Windows 10 and those who use Xbox One will be able to play the same online games within social mode.
Gears of War 4 is a third-person shooter that was created by The Coalition, but Microsoft published the game. It is available only for PC and Xbox One. The game contains many elements that were present in the previous game, but it also has a few updates. Some of the new elements are the Dropshot weapon that fires explosives and the Buzzkill that fires sawblades.
The game also has different weather features. It can go from heavy breeze to windstorms of different intensities that are more challenging, since they affect the weapon usage.
Microsoft got convinced to feature this crossover after they looked at the data gathered from last year’s Cross-play Weekend. The event took place near the end of the last year and gathered around 115,000 participants. This showed the company that people actually enjoy online crossovers between devices.
The data from the Cross-play Weekend showed that around 750,000 games were played. For every 6 games played on Xbox, another 11 games were played on PC. Microsoft analyzed each score and death that occurred in the games on each platform.
Also, Microsoft interviewed the players and received good feedback on the crossover system. Thus, they obtain the greenlight they needed to develop this for Gears of War 4.
The crossover will be available only in the Social Quickplay mode which will remain in a test state for the first few months. Therefore, the Core and Competitive classifier modes are available only for players using the same gaming platform. Although the gaming experiences on both platforms turned out to be quite matched, they want to keep their rating system fair and competitive. This comes as a fact that Xbox user may be at a slight disadvantage.
However, Microsoft did not deny the possibility of introducing cross-play into the Core and Competitive modes in the future. Thus, if they want to compete with their peers using platforms, Gears of War 4 players should be a little patient.
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