Gears of War 2 updated for a new multiplayer feature

by: Tina -
Before the excitement for Gears of War 3 (releasing April 2011) fully surfaces, Gears of War 2 is still fresh on the minds of the developers at Epic. Today, Gears of War 2 will received Title Update 6 that includes "Social Matches." Social Matches are a new feature that let you jump to and from ongoing games, including of course between your party members. So long as you have all four downloadable map packs, you can enjoy this new feature on Xbox LIVE. If you do not own all four map packs, you can find "All Fronts Collection" at 800 Microsoft Points in the marketplace, or purchase the Game of the Year edition of Gears of War 2 at $29.99 to get them bundled in for free.

In addition, players will get three times the experience over this upcoming weekend starting tomorrow (Thursday, 27th) and running until the 1st of June. Check out the new batch of screenshots released for All Fronts Collection below, as well. 

Starting today, Title Update 6 gives a new reason for “Gears of War” fans to load up their Lancers and rev their chainsaws. The title update, available today on Xbox LIVE, introduces a new public multiplayer match feature called Social Matches that allows you to jump in or out of games without disruptions, including Horde mode matches. Social matchmaking also lets your party join a match already in progress or start a new match if there are no suitable matches to be found.

Social matching is open to anyone who owns all four downloadable map packs, available as a single download by purchasing the “All Fronts Collection,” now at the new discounted price of 800 Microsoft Points or bundled free with the “Gears of War 2: Game of the Year Edition” for $29.99 ESRP. Those looking for specific map packs to round out their collection will also find individual map packs on Xbox LIVE Marketplace at a new lower price as well.

To celebrate the new title update, Epic and Microsoft have also announced a Triple Experience Weekend on Xbox LIVE. Starting tomorrow, Thursday, May 27, at 9:00 AM EDT, fans can earn triple experience in any “Gears of War 2” multiplayer mode on Xbox LIVE. The Triple XP weekend will run until Tuesday, June 1 at 9:00 AM EDT.

In addition, the title update includes a host of general fixes, improvements, and balancing changes which are available to all players. Visit http://gearsofwar.xbox.com/tu6.htm for a complete list of Title Update 6 changes.

With the improvements in Title Update 6 and the wide availability of the “All Fronts Collection,” players have plenty of time to hone their skills before the launch of “Gears of War 3” in April 2011. Published by Microsoft Game Studios and developed by Epic Games, the “Gears of War” franchise has won over 30 “Game of the Year” awards, sold more than 12 million copies worldwide and redefined the third-person shooter genre for this console generation. The “Gears of War” series is exclusive to Xbox 360 and its riveting multiplayer action makes it one of the most popular titles on Xbox LIVE. More information can be found at www.gearsofwar.com. 
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