Gears 5 Operation 5 Revamps Multiplayer, Adds New Content

Dizzy Wallin in the new Gears 5 multiplayer update

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Gears 5 Operation 5 Revamps Multiplayer, Adds New Content

November 17, 2020

By: Joseph Allen

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Developer
The Coalition
Publisher
Xbox Game Studios
Platforms
Xbox One, PC
Release Date
September 10, 2019 (Calendar)
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Microsoft has relaunched Gears 5's multiplayer mode with a significant overhaul to mechanics and an injection of new content. Operation 5, nicknamed "Hollow Storm", brings new characters, extra maps, and quality-of-life updates to Gears 5's multiplayer.

What has Operation 5 brought to Gears 5?

This news comes via the official Xbox blog. Dana Sissons, communications director for developer The Coalition, says this is "the largest operation to date". Operation 5: Hollow Storm is themed around battles from fan-favorite games Gears of War 2 and Gears of War 3, with classic characters, maps, and weapons returning from those games. You can check out the trailer for Operation 5 right here:

Here's a quick rundown of everything that's new in the Gears 5 Operation 5 multiplayer update:

  • Five new maps: two new maps, Nexus and Regency, along with three classic returning maps in the form of Gridlock, Clocktower, and River
  • Seven new characters: Dizzy Wallin, Tai Kaliso, Skorge, Anya Stroud, Lambent Drone, Lambent Grenadier, and Lambent Theron Guard
  • Separate characters and classes in PvE: you can now play any class on any character, including characters not previously available in Horde or Escape
  • Xbox Series X|S optimizations: support has been added for 120fps in Versus multiplayer on both Series X and Series S, with 4K graphics on Series X if you grab the Ultra-HD texture pack and apply the previously PC-exclusive Ultra-Spec graphics quality settings

In addition to these new features, you'll also find a host of ranked PvP updates which The Coalition says will "improve the overall player experience", as well as PvE balance changes to support the new class-character separation. A new cosmetic rarity class has been added in the form of Heroic, and a new set of daily and weekly challenges is available to check out.

 
 

Unlocking Gabe Diaz in Gears 5

Gabe Diaz in Gears 5
Gears Tactics protagonist Gabe Diaz can now be unlocked in Gears 5.

Last but not least, you can unlock a new skin that introduces Gears Tactics protagonist Gabe Diaz to the world of Gears 5. The Armored Gabe skin can be unlocked if you complete the Gears Tactics tutorial. All you need to do is finish the tutorial, then log back into Gears 5 using the same account you used to play Tactics. The Coalition says that'll be the only way to unlock him "during the holiday period".

There's a bunch more stuff in Gears 5 as a result of Operation 5: Hollow Storm, so be sure to check out the full patch notes for a complete rundown of everything that's new. Naturally, there are also 13 new Achievements to get for a total of 80 Gamerscore. Gears 5 is available now on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.

Will you be heading back into Gears 5 multiplayer to check out the new content?

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Dark Souls changed my life, and I'm here to spread the good news. I like pretty much all sorts of games, but I judge everything by its proximity to our Lord and saviour, Dark Souls.

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