Gears of War 4's Title Update 3 fights back against rage quitters, adds classic maps

More characters and over 200 weapon skins have been added, too.

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Gears of War 4's third title update drops today, bringing with it a wealth of weapon skins, classic maps, and gameplay changes.

Of particular interest is developer The Coalition's first in a series of methods to combat players who quit out of matches early.

"As of this update, players who quit a Core or Competitive Match will now be suspended from all matchmaking of any kind for a limited time to discourage drop out behavior – with the biggest time punishments going to the first player to quit the match," The Coalition explained in a blog. "In addition, the more you quit, the longer the suspension you will receive from playing matchmaking."

Of course, if you didn't mean to leave the match, The Coalition will leave a narrow window open for players who want to rejoin. "Players can rejoin the match they left (provided it’s still in progress) for up to 5 minutes from the time they quit through a new ‘Rejoin Match’ option in the main Versus menu. Rejoining and completing the match will result in no penalties."

Other inclusions in today's January update for Gears of War 4 include 13 characters, 260 weapon skins, two classic maps (Clocktower and Blood Drive), and more useful data displayed during spectator mode without littering the screen.

Notes on Gears of War 4 Title Update 3 can be found on the Gears website.

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