Finding A Match In Gears Of War 4 Sucks

I've been playing Gears of War 4 for a few dozen hours now and a good portion of that time has been spent waiting for the game to find someone to play with. At first, I thought it was simply that I was playing the game earlier than most people. So I waited for the early release date, when folks who bought the Ultimate Edition would be able to play. It was still slow then, so I thought, "OK, let's not make any judgements yet until the game is fully out." That was on Tuesday and, lo and behold, nothing has improved.

Whenever I search for a match in any mode, from KOTH to Dodgeball and everything in-between, the game will always tell me that finding a match will take at least three minutes. If I'm lucky, that estimate is correct. Most of the time, though, I found myself waiting anywhere from five to 10+ minutes just to get into a match. Adding insult to injury, Gears 4 would often make me wait only to put me in a match that wasn't even full. The game would then proceed to not populate that match with bots or new players, meaning that I was forced to play out unfair three vs five rounds where my failure was all but guaranteed. I couldn't leave these matches early without incurring a leaving penalty. Sometimes, the game would get stuck on "loading map" for 15 minutes, but it wouldn't let me back out without having to quit the game entirely.

I'm not alone here. The official Gears of War forums have a thread with 40+ pages of users reporting matchmaking issues, including failing out of matchmaking altogether and slowness to find matches. Anecdotally, friends playing the title have told me they're experiencing the same thing, as have some Twitter followers. The glacial matchmaking doesn't seem to be an isolated issue.

Yesterday, developers the Coalition announced that there might be some server wonkiness due to an update that was supposed to help remedy the problem:

...but it wasn't just a few hours of jankiness. Matchmaking took forever no matter when I tried it yesterday. I reached out to The Coalition but had not received a response at time of writing. Playing online has been really frustrating thus far because of this issue, and it's a big bummer, because the game itself is otherwise fun to play.


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    As someone who still goes back to Gears 3 on the 360, I love bots. It means I can use my rifles instead of having to deal with wallbouncing, Gnasher spamming idiots.

    Also, it still has Australian servers, so no lag. If anybody is playing it, did they remember to include Australian servers for Gears 4?

      Haha. Yeah Aus servers or nothing.

        Gears of War: Judgement came out after Gears 3, played the beta and noticed there was no Australian servers. Didn't buy the game until it became free on Gold.

          Same here. I played BF for so long and the joy of having a game that isn't hosted by one player was amazing. Going back to P2P suuuucked.

            P2P is fine if there's local only search settings à la Halo: Reach (and unlike Halo 4).

    I didn't realize that this was out, I had assumed it would be out in the same week that CIV and Battlefield 1 for some reason S

    I've only had 2 matches, 1 Horde and 1 TDM but had less than a minute wait time.

    Can only find team death match games on region set to Australia and nothing else. Now set to US west coast, little bit of lag but at least I can play the game now...

    Yeah can only ever find TDM on Aussie Servers. Need to switch to West Coast US to play any other game modes unfortunately

    Had several matches where a round would start, I would run around, find enemies frozen in running animation against objects, but won't take damage when I shoot them... All of a sudden screen jumps to my death in another area of the map... So not exactly sure whats happening but it's annoying as hell.

    But damn it's a gnasher fest... The gun game is probably the best mode, as it forces players to use other weapons.

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