Gears 5 DLC Maps Free for Matchmaking & Private Play; Won’t Feature Gear Packs or Season Pass

Jun 21, 2019
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The upcoming Gears 5 for Xbox and Windows 10 PC won’t have Gear Packs or a Season Pass, developer The Coalition has announced.

The developer announced the news on its official blog.  “Our goal is to create a player-first experience when it comes to in-game content”, the blog reads. As such, all DLC maps will be free to players for matchmaking and Private Play.

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While Gears 5 won’t feature Gear Packs, players will be able to earn exclusive customization through the use of ‘Iron’ – the game’s premium in-game currency which can be purchased with real world currency. “You will also be able to earn a limited amount of Iron through each Tour of Duty to spend in content in the Store”, The Coalition explains. “Content found in the store is direct purchase, meaning what you see is what you get. No Gear Packs, no randomness.“

Luckily, Gears 5 won’t feature store items that provide a competitive advantage for real-money purchasers.

“We are committed to ensuring we preserve a fair competitive environment across our modes, so there will be no items in the store that provide a competitive advantage for real-money purchasers, i.e. no pay to win”.

Making its way to Gears 5 is the new Tour of Duty system through which players can earn content, including new skins, by playing the game.

We’ve committed to delivering more earnable content than ever before through an extensive new system called Tour of Duty. You take on Daily Challenges and seasonal Medals to rank up and earn customization content (including character skins).

The path to each piece of content earnable is clear – you will know what you need to do to earn each specific customization item. In addition, there is no ‘Premium’ pay-only content for Tour Of Duty.

Tour of Duty will also run in a seasonal format, delivering brand new content and challenges to chase every season.

In addition to Tour of Duty, you’ll also directly earn rewards in other ways, such as leaderboard placements in Escape or Versus.

The Coalition’s upcoming Gears sequel will also contain Supply Drops with a random item drop from a unique pool of content. According to the developer, the Supply Drops and its contents can’t be purchased with real-world money.

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For more information about earning content in Gears 5, please read the official post right here.

Gears 5 is slated for a release on Xbox and Windows 10 PC on September 10, 2019.

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