Gears of War 4's multiplayer beta will begin in an early access phase on April 18, followed by an open beta period for all Xbox Live Gold members on April 24, Microsoft has announced. The beta test will end for all players on May 1.
To gain access on April 18 you'll need to have played Gears of War: Ultimate Edition on Xbox One or Windows 10 before April 11 whilst logged into Xbox Live.
Gears of War 4 will also be featured at PAX East in Boston where Microsoft will be hosting a variety of fan activities:
- The Gears eSports ESL Pro League Season 2 finals will be LIVE from Boston at PAX East on Saturday, April 23. Fans can tune into the Gears of War Twitch channel to watch the best Gears of War ESL Pro teams square off for the championship title. We are also excited to announce we will be increasing the prize pool for Season 2 to $60,000 thanks to fan support of our Season 2 bundles! During the stream, we will also debut the worldwide exclusive reveal of a new competitive game mode for Gears of War 4. Those watching from home can tune into the stream for instructions on how to get the special Season 2 Finals weapon skin and a chance to win a limited edition custom Gears of War 4
- The Out of the Shadows: Inside Gears of War Multiplayer with The Coalition panel on Sunday, Apr. 24 at 10:30am in the Albatross Theater featuring a deeper dive in Gears of War 4 multiplayer and some special surprises. We'll also be offering up some great prizes to any of our fans who turn up in Gears of War Cosplay! Gears fans who can't make the show can take part in the fun from home LIVE on the Gears of War Twitch channel!
- Lastly, fans at PAX East will be treated to Gears of War 4 Versus multiplayer located in the Xbox Booth.
Source: Xbox Wire