As of February 2019. I cannot find any Escalation matches.
On Win 10 PC platform, Gamertag: [Gears of War GB]. I live in UK. So should be Europe West server.
I tried numerous times in the evening 6pm - 12midnight. (Which should be theoretically the peak time for people who got in from School/Work.)
However no matches found. I am sick of waiting. Seems there isn’t even a population counter like GOW3 which gives estimated player total in the mode.
This was also the same issue back when the Pink Phantom skins were a challenge relating to Escalation. They were unobtainable for me.
Also Escalation mode does not feature in the ‘Co-Op vs AI’, ‘Competitive warmup’ & ‘Social quick match’ playlists.
And lastly, which is not a surprise, the Private Versus mode has the Ribbons disabled. (This was with a player on the other team and all 8 bots on Casual)
Which I think is fraud due the the Ribbons not stating anything about being an Online requirement.
As long as the said task is performed in game, the Ribbons should show.
Therefore due to a domino effect the ‘Chest Candy’ achievement is unobtainable, which therefore denies ‘Seriously 4.0’ achievement too.
This is an issue which needs to be fixed TC.
And before anyone says “why didn’t you play versus early on”… not everyone likes Versus mode… I prefer Horde only.