Gears of War 4's holiday event, Gearsmas, has begun. As part of it, Microsoft added more than two-dozens pieces of holiday-themed content to the game, including the game's take on ugly Christmas sweaters, as well as a snowball fight mode.
Picking up the Gearsmas Pack gives you the chance to unlock 28 pieces of themed content, including "Ugly Gearsmas Armor" character variants for JD, Kair, and the Swarm Drone. Gingerbread men, snowmen, and wrapping paper weapon skins are also up for grabs.
The Gearsmas Pack costs 400 credits or 99 cents and comes with one Bounty and two items from the collection listed below.
- 3 Ugly Gearsmas Armor Characters – JD, Kait, and Swarm Drone
- 4x Gingerbread Weapon Skins
- 4x Festive Tree Weapon Skins
- 4x Snowman Weapon Skins
- 4x JD Wrapping Paper Weapon Skins
- 4x Kait Wrapping Paper Weapon Skins
- 4x Swarm Wrapping Paper Weapon Skins
- 1 Commemorative Gearsmas Emblem
As explained in an Xbox Wire post, Gears of War 4's daily rewards system will give out gifts on December 16 and December 24-26. All you have to do is log in to claim the items:
- December 16: Chuzzmas Emblem
- December 24--26: Ice Boomshot
In addition to the items, Microsoft has added a new Gears of War 4 mode called Snowball Fight. Players duke it out with a customized Boomshot called the Snowshot, which fires snowballs. A variant of team deathmatch, everyone starts with the Snowshot and two snowballs. You then need to find other snowballs throughout the map to keep shooting.
A second new playlist now available is Crossplay Versus. Tested earlier this month, the mode lets Xbox One and PC players compete together. Snowball Fight and Crossplay Versus will pay out 1.5x XP for the duration of Gearsmas.
Lastly, Microsoft announced that the Union of Independent Republics (UIR) faction is coming to Gears of War 4 this month through a UIR Gear Pack. "There might be something new to find on December 25," Microsoft teased.
Gearsmas wraps up on December 28. If you haven't picked up Gears of War, Microsoft is offering the digital version for $39 until that date.