The first pair of Gears of War 4 maps is coming Tuesday (November 1). The Coalition is reaching back and grabbing two fan favorite maps from Gears of War 3 – Checkout and Drydock. Damn, no Canals?

ice canals in Gears of War

Before we look at the videos, let’s clear up how players will access these maps. First off, only Season Pass holders can play on November 1 as part of the early access Developer Playlist. The Coalition will push the pair to free public playlists on November 8.

November 1 – Season Pass owners.
November 8 – Everyone else.

With that out of the way, let’s take a look at the two maps.



Both maps get the polished graphics treatment. And both maps are from Gears of War 3. I was hoping for new maps right off the bat, but I can’t hate on two fantastic maps from a previous Gears title.

Here’s a quick clarification on how the maps will be played in the Developer Playlist. From the Xbox Wire post:

Drydock and Checkout will be available in Versus Dodgeball and Arms Race modes for squads up to three large and Horde players on Normal difficulty in the Developer Playlist period.

Drydock and Checkout are two of 24 maps coming to Gears of War 4 over the next 12 months. No word on how often The Coalition will tap ‘Legacy’ maps for Gears of War 4. Hopefully, it’s not too much. Unless its Canals. You can add that in December, please.

What do you think of The Coalition’s choice for the first DLC maps for Gears of War 4? Happy to see ‘Legacy’ maps? Or, do you want to see new locales?

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