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Fixing the GOW2 Matchmaking – We spoke, they Listened

If you haven’t heard by now then you’ve probably already given up on playing multiplayer in Gears of War 2. The load times were so long that they left people wishing that they had a pong mini-game to occupy the average 7 minute wait time for online matches.

Well, wait no more my friends! Here’s the Gears of War 2 Official Announcement:

“I’m happy to announce that this morning, at 3:40 AM PST (last week), we released a title update that should help with the current matchmaking issues. In order to get the update out as quickly as possible, we focused just on immediate infrastructure issues and have left any potential gameplay issues for a future update. Here’s what’s in today’s title update:

* Adjustments to make Public matchmaking faster, especially in the single player party and the four player party case. Some of these adjustments should be felt immediately and some will play out over several days as our update enables us to reduce player segmentation by reducing the number of servers required to do matchmaking. This will increase the number of possible matches available for you to join.”

Still don’t want to play online? Have no fear! With this new patch comes great responsibility, and also great fixes for singleplayer games too.

“* A fix to address the issue where some players were unable to start the story-based campaign if Xbox LIVE was down or unavailable.

Something to keep in mind, if you have been playing Gears 2 since the title update was made available, then you will need to restart the game in order to be prompted for the update. If you don’t do this, then a situation will occur where people without the update will not be able to match make with people who have the update. This has nothing to do with the game or this update in particular, just the way the title update system works.

We want to thank everyone for their patience during this time and we will continue to monitor the situation. We’re hopeful that the matchmaking issues we’ve seen up till now are a thing of the past.”

UPDATE – Match Making hasn’t exactly been fixed yet: Click here to see our hilarious video on what we do while waiting for Gears of War 2 matches!


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