Developer The Coalition has revealed that Gears 5 will have a versus tech test coming in two weeks. According to the Gears website, the Versus Tech Test will be a "small in-development slice of our Versus offering in Gears 5 that will run across two focused test periods this July."
"This Technical Test allows us to stress test our servers over two focused Test Periods to ensure the best possible experience when large volumes of players rush in at launch," stated the FAQ.
The test is designed to showcase five of the games multiplayer modes across two in-game maps, allowing players to participate in this technical test. The five modes available include classic favorites such as escalation, king of the hill, and arcade mode. Two new features of Gears 5 will also be available for testing; bootcamp and tour of duty.
Bootcamp mode is a training mode, where players can practice up their skills while learning new mechanics in Gears 5. Tour of Duty, is a challenge mode where players will fight to unlock in-game medals. Unlocking these medals is not just rewarding players with bragging rights either; players will also receive some in-game rewards such as exclusive tester weapon skins, and an exclusive Tester Banner, for Gears 5 when the game officially releases.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate or Xbox Game Pass subscribers for both the Xbox One and PC will have access right off the bat, and can begin pre-downloading the tech test from the Game Pass Library on July 17th at 10 AM PDT. Players can also gain access to the test by pre-ordering Gears 5 digitally via the Xbox Store, or by redeeming a code from physical pre-orders at certain retailers.
PC Players are also given recommended PC specs, posted above, to play the test. Please note that the tech test will take about 15GB of hard space as well.
The two test periods are also scheduled, with the first one lasting from July 19th to July 22nd, from 10 AM to 10 AM PDT. The second test will be a week later, July 26th to July 29th, from 10 AM to 10 AM PDT.
Gears 5 will release exclusively for the Xbox One and Windows on September 10th, 2019.
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