In celebration of Halloween, Gears of War 4 has launched its first special event.
From October 27th to November 1st, players can hop into the exclusive game mode called Pumpkin Ball. This is basically a faster paced version of Dodgeball, reducing respawn protection and boosting respawn times to a mere second. Because the dead rise on Halloween. Get it?
This social playlist can be found under the “Events” category in the Versus menu, and temporarily rewards players with Bonus XP for trying out the game mode. The maps within this playlist include darker versions of Fallout, Forge, Harbor, Impact, and Lift.
The coolest additions are likely the pumpkin heads, which are unique to the Pumpkin Ball game mode. These eerie-looking masks come complete with glowing eyes and an ominious smile, inspired by the Juvie enemies found in Gears of War 4’s story mode and horde.
Another event-based special comes in the form of Halloween Gear Packs. These Elite Pack variants grant at least one card of Epic or Legendary quality, which all Legendary cards being from the Day of the Dead collection exclusively.
Gears of War 4’s Halloween Events as well as its Pumpkin Ball game mode are live now, both on Xbox One and PC.