Talking to D+PAD at a recent GoW2 preview event, lead designer Cliff Bleszinski has delivered the bad news that online host advantage will still be present in Gears of War 2, despite saying otherwise earlier in the year.
When asked about host advantage, Cliff told us:
"It's been reduced, but the person who is the host on a client server game will always have an advantage. It's an unfortunate side effect of the client server architecture. We're not a peer-to-peer architecture, but we've authorised so much into that code to reduce it as much as possible as well as balancing the game better with the shotgun's stopping power. Personally I found the host advantage to be very frustrating."