Gears of War 4’s Horde mode is a blast. But what isn’t a blast is the fact you can’t save your progress. I hope you have a couple of hours to blow. Because in Horde, it’s all or nothing. You can’t take a breather at wave 20 and pick up on the action tomorrow. It’s all 50 waves, or you start back over.

Naughty Dog feels our pain with their upcoming mode, Survival.

Survival is your traditional co-op ‘horde’ mode. 50 waves with a boss battle every 10 waves. What makes Survival in Uncharted 4 much more manageable is that each match is broken up into 10 separate 5-wave chunks. The days of plotting out a few hours to take on one match are gone. Only have 30 minutes to play? Get through as much as you can before saving your progress for the next day.

Thank you, Naughty Dog. Thank you. Hey, The Coalition? Bring this feature to Gears of War.

Let’s take a look at Survival.

You and two friends shoot, blast, punch and swing your way through waves of Shoreline mercenaries. Every 10 waves, the Founders of Libertalia (pirate warlords) show up to make things interesting.

Survival isn’t just about killing everyone who doesn’t look like Matthew McConaughey from Sahara. Ok, so it is mostly that. But Naughty Dog will throw in some challenges like capturing a certain point or collecting treasure. We see examples of both in the trailer.

The devs are promising a dedicated progression system. That means new weapons, items and mode specific boosters. Vanity items are also up for grabs and can be equipped in other multiplayer modes.

“From new enemy types and powerful new bosses to a dedicated progression system and expansive upgradable arsenal, Survival is all about strategy, camaraderie, and skill,” says Naughty Dog.
Way to sell the best feature short. Saving progress is what these types of modes desperately needed. It blows my mind Gears of War 4 doesn’t have it (or maybe I’m blind, I haven’t seen it).

Survival mode is slated to hit in mid-December and will be a free update. Those of you heading to the PlayStation Experience 2016 on Dec. 3-4 can check it out at its dedicated booth.

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