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‘Gears 5’ Will Make Its DLC Maps Free, And Have No Premium Season Pass

‘Gears 5’ Will Make Its DLC Maps Free, And Have No Premium Season Pass

The forthcoming Gears 5 is taking a "player-first experience" approach, in the words of a new blog post on the game's website that outlines what new features are coming to The Coalition's shooter, and which are very much not.

Microtransactions will be a part of the September 10-releasing game, coming to Xbox One and Windows. But these will be direct purchases, so what you pay for is what you get, there's no lootbox-like lottery element. They're also cosmetic-only in nature, covering costumes, expressions, banners and weapon skins, among other surface-level tweaks you may want to put on your Gears 5 experience. There are some randomised items in the game, but these are obtained through play alone, via supply drops rather than a storefront.

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Post-launch multiplayer maps for Gears 5, covering matchmaking and private play, will be entirely free to download, however. There's no premium, paid-for season pass available, either - instead, Gears 5 will offer players a free battle pass-like system, Tour of Duty. This delivers daily challenges, and medals and the like.

Gears 5 will include an in-game currency, Iron, that can be spent on items like those banners and skins. This will be awarded to players through the Tour of Duty mode, in limited amounts.

As revealed at E3 2019, Gears 5 will introduce a new multiplayer mode, Escape (check out the trailer above, ICYMI). This is a three-player co-op mode where bombs must be planted within an enemy hive; and there'll be an option to build your own hives, too, for sharing with friends.

Before its release on September 10, Gears 5 will run a multiplayer test on July 19, covering its Arcade mode, and a test for Horde mode follows in August. As we covered during E3, anyone pre-ordering Gears 5, or playing it by September 16, gets access to the Terminator: Dark Fate character pack, which gives Sarah Connor and T-800 skins for multiplayer sessions. Weird crossover, but, sure. Said Terminator movie comes out in October, BTW.

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Featured Image Credit: Microsoft/The Coalition

Topics: Technology, video games, Xbox, DLC, Microsoft, Gears of War, gamingbible

Mike Diver

Head of Content at GAMINGbible. Ex-editor of VICE Gaming and co-founder of Waypoint. Former writer/consultant for BBC's The Gaming Show. Former contributor to Edge, Eurogamer, Kotaku, PCGamesN, Official PlayStation Magazine, gamesTM. Author of 'Indie Games: The Complete Introduction to Indie Gaming' (2016) and 'How to Be a Professional Gamer' (2016). New book, 'Retro Gaming: A Byte-Sized History of Video Games', coming in 2019. Contact: [email protected]

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