‘Gears of War 4’ News & Update: Pumpkin Ball Event Speeds Up Dodgeball; New Halloween Elite Pack Available

By V Doctor , Updated Oct 28, 2016 03:16 PM EDT

The Coalition announced that "Gears of War 4" will feature a new Halloween-themed multiplayer mode to celebrate the season. Dubbed "Pumpkin Ball," the special "Gears of War 4" mode will showcase special rules and a faster version of Dodgeball.

The Coalition stated that the "Gears of War 4" Halloween game mode will feature five specific maps to host the fast-paced deathmatch mode, namely Forge, Fallout, Impact, Harbor and Lift. "Gears of War 4" players who join the matches will also wear a pumpkin head the entire time.

GameSpot revealed that the "Gears of War 4" matches are made faster by one-second respawn times and lower respawn protection. "Gears of War 4" players will be given extra XP as well, which will be available under Events in the Versus menu. As a result, killing others will not be as valuable compared to normal game modes.

In normal Dodgeball, teams consisting of five members attempt to eliminate the opposing group in "Gears of War 4". Fallen teammates can be brought back only by killing an enemy and surviving for five seconds. Since opponents can come back to life very quickly, the tactical factor of the mode is taken out, so players can simply bask in the bloodbath.

The "Gears of War 4" Pumpkin Ball event will reportedly feature a new gear pack, known as the Halloween Elite Pack. It is a variant of the Elite Pack that will provide one card Epic or Legendary quality card. Choosing Legendary will only yield Day of the Dead Legendary Collection items.

The latest "Gears of War 4" Halloween event means that the game is also taking advantage of the holidays. Previously, "Destiny" and "Overwatch" announced that there will be several aesthetic adjustments and bonuses to celebrate the spooky season. The items and visual changes will only be available temporarily, so players are advised to enjoy these while they can.

The "Gears of War 4" Halloween Elite Pack will only be available for purchase from Oct. 27to Nov. 1, 2016. "Gears of War 4" is currently available on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. 

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