So with the announcement of the new mainline entry in the bloody Gears of War franchise, fans of the generation-defining shooter are rather hyped up. What could put a damper on that hype fire though is what the makers of the game plan to do about post-launch content. It’s no secret that post-launch roadmaps, collector’s editions, “live services”, loot boxes and a whole bunch of other recurring means of monetization in video games have spoiled the party mood a fair bit. But despite the tide of negative responses and backlash to news about post-launch content in games, so publishers are still content with offering good games with free updates after launch, which is awesome.
The developer, The Coalition, who also worked on Gears of War 4, looks to be among those companies who aren’t putting greed ahead of delivering a good video game. We know this based on a new announcement that’s just appeared on the game’s official site. According to this, the developer is creating the game with a “player-first” mentality, which means that player feedback will be integral to both development and future content releases. Further expanding on this, during an interview with IGN, studio head Rod Fergusson said, “The only random kind of chance you have is that there’s a type of content that we essentially give to the player for free just for playing,” that free content is the cosmetic microtransactions system built into Gears 5.
Yes, Gears of War 5 will have microtransactions of a sort, called Supply Drops. Good news is that they’re completely cosmetic and free to obtain. Players who take part in any of the included gameplay modes will earn rewards that contribute towards rolling for one of these cosmetics. Playing Campaign, Hoard, Versus or Escape will earn a player Scrap, the free currency unique to Supply Drops, which can be redeemed for a random bit of loot.
To counterbalance with this system, The Coalition is working with Microsoft to offer new maps for the various game modes as free updates, which is great for players who want more legs on their journey with Gears 5.
Gears of War 5 was announced last year during E3 2018, and there’s been a flurry of news surrounding the 3rd person shooter this past E3 as well. For one thing, there’s the new Escape mode. Distinct from the Hoard mode and it’s wave-based mayhem, Escape offers a new challenge.
Players taking part in Escape will take on the role of Hivebusters, an elite team of commandos sent on a suicide mission to take out a Swarm hive. Players will have to work together to even have a chance at planting the bomb that will decimate the Hive, as many waves of enemies stand in your way. If you succeed in making it through this trial-by-fire, be warned, because all hell is about rain down on you. Destroying the Hive sets loose all the Swarm entombed within, and they’re a little bit angry that you just destroyed their home. Can you make it out alive?
Check out the reveal trailer from E3 2019 down below, as well as the full presentation on the new game and its content.
Gears 5 will be available on Xbox One and PC on September 10.