April 21, 2021

Gears 5 Comes Locked and Loaded with Updates for Xbox Series X|S, Available November 10

The coming few weeks are going to be busy in the world of Gears of War.

On November 10th, Gears 5 is getting a major campaign update and, for those that picked up a Xbox Series X | S, Gears 5 will receive a big technical update; and if that isn’t enough, Gears Tactics is also coming out. We’re following that up with Operation 5 releasing November 17. Finally, the Gears 5 Hivebusters DLC is releasing this December.

What a great time to be a Gears of War fan!

Gears 5 Campaign Update

Let’s breakdown what you will see in our massive Gears 5 campaign update.

Dave Batista in Gears 5

A side-by-side picture featuring Marcus Fenix on the left and Batista on the right.

The living legend Dave Batista is coming to Gears 5!

Dave Batista is a huge Gears of War and Marcus Fenix fan, so we jumped at the chance to get him in the game. We worked with him re-recorded all of Marcus’ lines while the art team meticulously recreated his likeness. The end result is Dave Batista is present throughout the campaign in both gameplay and cinematic moments.

For those who want to keep the classic Gears feel – the original Marcus is still there too.

The Look of Multiplayer in Campaign

Kait Daiz and Del Walker featuring some of their available multiplayer skins, which also highlights the graphical upgrades of the Xbox Series X version of the game.

Since Gears 5 has launched, we’ve added tons of new character and weapon skins. Until now, these skins were only available in Multiplayer but not any longer. Starting November 10, you play as your favorite character and weapon skins in campaign. Note: This only applies to characters playable in each chapter and the skins will be visible in the cut scenes.

Gears 5 gets more Challenging

For those that think they’ve got what it takes, we’ve added two new modes for you to show us what you’ve got.

We’ve brought back the popular yet diabolical Inconceivable Mode. The hardest version of Gears 5 is here to push you to your limits.

If that’s not enough, Ironman Mode is for you. It’s simple, just complete the campaign without dying in any difficulty. No problem, right?

We can’t wait to see the people that complete the dual Ironman/ Inconceivable mode.

And for the achievement hunters out there, we’ve added 5 new achievements (95 Gamerscore)

Achievement Description Points
Ironed Out Complete all chapters in Ironman Mode on Experienced difficulty or above 50
That’s Inconceivable! Complete all chapters on Inconceivable difficulty 30
Showin’ a little skin Complete a chapter of Campaign while using a Custom Skin 5
Just showing it off Kill 10 enemies using a weapon with a Custom Skin 5
Batista Bomb Complete all chapters in one Act while Batista as Marcus is enabled 5

Gears 5 Mutators

Del Walker and Kait Daiz with black outlines surrounding their profiles, featuring graphics from the Xbox Series X version of the game

One of the biggest updates we’re making is the addition of 16 mutators that will change the look, difficulty, and experience of Gears 5’s campaign.

We’ve even giving you the option to even select multiple mutators at the same time (as long as they don’t cancel each other out). For example, if you want Big Heads, Friendly Fire on and Gears 1 visuals – we’ve got you covered. 

We know the Gears Fam is very creative so make sure to send us your favorite mutator combinations!

  OFF Standard Gears 5 visuals
Big head mode  Bounce Head All enemies and allies have large bouncing heads 
  Big Head All enemies and allies have their heads enlarged
Active Reload Normal Standard Gears 5 active reload mechanic
  Refills clip Get free ammo on a successful active reload
  Reload only when successful Reload only happens on a successful active reload
Execution Rules ON / OFF Toggle option so downed swarm enemies can only be killed through executions 
Play as a drone  ON / OFF Toggle option to have your heroes replaced with a Swarm Drone. This will override your skin selection.
Headshot explosion Normal Standard Gears 5 headshot visuals
  Confetti Heads explode into confetti
  Grenade Heads explode damaging nearby enemies
Health Regeneration Normal Standard Gears 5 health regeneration 
  Cover Regenerate health only while in cover
  Damage Regenerate health only when dealing damage
  Cover or Damage Regenerate health only while in cover or when dealing damage
  Out of combat Regenerate health only after a combat encounter is done
Melee Resistant Juvies ON / OFF Toggle this option to make Juvies harder to kill with melee attacks
Enemy Modifiers Normal Standard Gears 5 enemy damage or health
  Shock Enemies deal area shock damage
  Vampiric Enemies heal when dealing damage
  Freezing Enemies deal freezing damage
  Poison Enemies leave a poison pool behind when killed
  Passive Regen Enemies regenerate health after not taking damage
Low Gravity Death  ON / OFF Toggle this option to have enemies float in the air when killed
Total Ammo Normal Standard Gears 5 amount of ammo you can carry
  Half Reduce total ammo available per weapon
  Double Increase total ammo available per weapon
Aggressive Enemies ON / OFF Toggle option to make all enemies behave more aggressively
Friendly Fire ON / OFF Toggle option to allow damage between allies
Shielded enemies ON / OFF Toggle option to have Grenadiers, Hunters and Scions have an invulnerable front shield
Voiced gun sounds ON / OFF Toggle Option to replace the gun sounds with voiced effects
Jack Cooldowns Normal Standard Gears 5 cooldown for Jack’s abilities 
  Halved Jack’s ability cooldowns are halved
  Fast Jack’s ability cooldowns are minimized
Screen Effects  OFF Standard Gears 5 visual effects 
  Golden Hour Enable the Golden Hour look
  Film Green Enable the Film Green look
  Film Blue Enable the Film Blue look
  Gears 1  Enable the Gears 1 look
  Gears 2 Enable the Gears 2 look
  Gears 3 Enable the Gears 3 look
  Grayscale Enable the Grayscale look
  Pink Unicorn Enable the Pink Unicorn look
  Movie Poster Enable the Movie Poster look
  Kait’s Nightmare Enable Kait’s Nightmare look
  Retro Pixel Enable the Retro Pixel look
  Glow Outline Enable the Glow Outline look
  Cartoon Outline Enable the Cartoon outline look
  Tripping Enable the Tripping look
  Scanlines Enable the Scanlines look
  Heat Vision Enable the Heat Vision look
  Distortion Enable the Distortion look
  Vintage Film Enable the Vintage Film look
  Sketch Enable the Sketch look

Gears 5 Xbox Series X | S technical Updates

A side-by-side comparison of the visuals of Gears 5 on Xbox One X and Xbox Series X

The power of the new Xbox Series X | S means Gears 5 will feel more responsive and look better than it ever! Here is a breakdown of the technical upgrades you should expect the first time you fire up Gears 5 on your new Xbox.

  • PC Ultra visual feature set (this is more true on Series X)
  • PC Ultra-HD texture pack (Series X only)
  • 60 FPS (Series X only) cinematics allowing more seamless blending between gameplay and cinematics
  • 120 FPS in Versus
  • Screen Space Global Illumination which gives your scene dynamic bounce lighting
  • Contact Shadows allowing per-pixel accurate shadowing
  • 4x improvement in load times
  • 50% more particles than PC Ultra
  • Dynamic Latency Input (DLI) for more responsive gaming

These updates will be available on November 10!

We’ve got lots more news coming about Gears of War over the coming weeks so make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to stay up-to-date on the latest details and announcements.

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