As you may know already, Gears of War's versus multiplayer mode puts you with (and against) players of approximately the same skill level, making impossible for you to play with your friends as you did in Halo 2.
Sound illogical that a team-based shooter like Gears doesn't let you play with your friends but Epic Games already explained this is due to a requirement by Microsoft to avoid cheating on Xbox Live.
GamerAndy got the chance to play some matches with Mark Rein, Vice President of Epic Games, and asked him about the whole situation. Rein explained why you can't join ranked games in Gears of War with your friends and let slip that this may change with a future update:
"Microsoft came to us and said there would be a lot of cheaters if we did it that way so for right now this is how it is. In the future we might roll out some additional functionality."
That sounds like Epic is really considering upgrading Gears' versus multiplayer modes so you can play ranked games with your buddies.