Gears 5 developer The Coalition announced a new Halloween event already live in the game alongside weapon changes and details of future updates.
The new Halloween event, called Mad Man’s Monsters, is a variant of Horde mode that consists of only Swarm enemies sporting pumpkins on their heads for 20 waves.
Players who complete 60 waves of the new mode will earn 13 Jack-O-Lantern weapon skins until Nov. 4. The Pumpkin Ball Dodgeball Versus mode introduced last week is also live until Nov. 4.
The Coalition also announced new changes to the Lancer weapon with active reload rate of fire increase reduced from 20% to 10% and damage done beyond 30 meters reduced by 20% so players out in the open have more time to react.
All weapons will also have their aim assist effect reduced by 25% at all ranges up to 30 meters to make tracking moving targets harder. These weapon changes are planned for the near future.
The Gears 5 studio gave a few details for the next title update coming next week with Boomshot improvements, the delayed removal of flashbangs hitting players through cover, and re-enabling weapon dropping.
The last planned improvement for Gears 5 is matchmaking, where the studio had refined the matchmaking system to find matches quicker with a higher quality ping. The Coalition said the full improvement will come in three phases with the first phase released and the second planned for next week.