Gears 5 is continuing the 2019 trend of celebrating a lack of loot boxes, revealing it won’t have a Season Pass or Gear Packs.

Explaining how content is earned in Gears 5 via a blog post, developer The Coalition said DLC Maps will be free for matchmaking and Private Play, all store purchases will be direct with no randomisation, and exclusive earnable content will be available through a battle pass-like seasonal Tour of Duty system.

Players will also unlock exclusive content through Supply Drops which will be rewarded after a certain amount of play time. Supply Drops will not be purchasable with real-world money. Players will be able to purchase Boosts that provide accelerated progression for a period of real-world time, offering double Multiplayer XP, Character XP for Escape and Horde, and double speed Supply Drop Progression.

It appears all of these unlocks will be cosmetic and won’t affect gameplay in any way.

The Coalition says their goal is “is to create a player-first experience when it comes to in-game content”.

Our Thoughts

Forcing players to pay for DLC maps and divide player bases appears to officially be a thing of the past in video games. It’s something no one will miss. Another thing we apparently don’t like are loot boxes, and making a big fuss about not having them is also mandatory. Gears 5 is following the current industry standard, and players should benefit from it.

Gears 5 will be available on Xbox One and PC on 10 September 2019.

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