Two new maps are now available to Gears of War 4 Season Pass owners, 343 and Microsoft have announced.

Impact Dark

The new nighttime setting for Impact doesn’t just bring a new ambience. For the first time in Gears of War Versus, visibility is permanently reduced by smoke that has settled over the battlefield, forcing you closer to the action. Every weapon swap has been changed to alter the flow of the map – Snipers are now replaced with Boltoks, Dropshot replaces Torque/EMBAR and the Overkill now sits where Incendiaries used to.

War Machine

Loved by Gears of War veterans everywhere, the quintessential classic, War Machine, is back with a drastic new take on the setting. Moving away from the old abandoned train station locale, War Machine is now set in a new COG Settlement, standing out with its pristine appearance and gleaming grandiose features. Compared to the original, signs of life are everywhere – from the active DeeBee security bay, to the train sitting at the end of the platform ready to depart.

Despite this new setting, everything fans know and love about the map is still here – the frantic opening fight for the Sniper, the intense fight for Torque around the pillars and, of course, the ever-important turret to dominate enemies that stray too far into the open.

Season Pass holders can access the maps today in the Developer Playlist.

343 also offered a note on the week long Valentine’s Day celebrations which begin on Friday. There will be new Gear Packs to earn, daily Valentine’s themed bounties, another Craftable Character to collect, and the return of Torque Bow Tag (with a Cupid-style twist!).

In addition 343 confirmed its intention to roll out more Legacy Characters by updating their voice work and character fidelity. This will begin in March, with the promise of a steady release flow of characters including iconic heroes and Locust characters.

Source: Xbox Wire

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