Gears of War 4’s August Update adds Canals and Forge Blitz

The next batch of content for Gears of War 4 is out now with the August Update. Here’s a quick rundown of the August Update:

New Maps

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.


You never forget your first run to the Longshot on Canals–and that tense 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.

Summer of Gears

The Coalition is celebrating summer in Gears of War 4 Versus with an increase to the First Win of the Day Credit Bonus. Every day in August, your first win of the day is worth 500 Credits. In addition, the second season of the Gears Pro Circuit is on the way–and they’re preparing with Escalation Ring placement improvements to Diner, Impact, Lift and The Slab. These improvements were crafted with our Pro Players at a recent studio playtest, so jump in and check them out for yourself beginning today.

New Events

First up, this month’s Craftable Character is a blast from the past: Classic Commando Dom. The monthly Versus and Horde events continue this month with a new Horde variant on August 18 and Classic One Shot One Kill on Canals on August 25. If you’re a Horde fan, the latest Horde variant called Anything Goes challenges is still active–and now, as of this update, you can play it whenever you want on any map in Private Match.

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