Gears of War 4 is getting a bigger step towards cross-platform play by getting competitive Ranked cross-platform play between Xbox One and Windows 10 according to the developer, The Coalition.
When The Coalition released cross-platform play on social playlists, players swarmed to the mode which in turn made it difficult for PC owners to find competitive games. Since then, The Coalition has been working on the solution, to let them play cross-platform competitively. It isn’t the only change they brought, there are a few steps to appealing to the biggest player base possible.
Live Today – Playlist Change
Our first step is to make an immediate update that provides a focused Ranked Play experience for our PC audience. This is a temporary step that we hope will focus our Windows 10 audience into specific playlists, and provide an opportunity for our players to participate in Ranked Play while we work on our major upcoming Crossplay feature. As of today, Windows 10 players will now see the following playlist setup:
TDM or KOTH (Rotates Weekly)
Competitive Warm Up (Crossplay)
With a reduced playlist offering available for Windows 10 players, the Ranked And Filed and Seriously 4.0 achievements cannot be completed due to their requirement of placing in all playlists. In our May Update, both of these achievements will be updated for players on both platforms to only require placement in one Core and one Competitive playlist.
As for our permanent solution – Crossplay is coming to Ranked Play! That means Xbox and PC players will be able to play alongside each other and compete for Ranks in any Core and Competitive playlist. So why aren’t we doing this now?
Core and Competitive are key experiences in Gears of War 4 that offer a more skill-based matchmade environment. While we know many of our players will enjoy playing against their opponents regardless of platform, we also know many of our players will want to ensure a level playing field – and that means keeping their opponents on the same platform as they are.
Not all games will be cross-platform compatible though. The Xbox One version will allow you to switch a “Ranked Crossplay” toggle that allows you to search for games that don’t allow Windows 10 players in it so you are on a level playing field with regards to control schemes.