The first batch of new heroes is coming to Gears 5. Mostly made up of generics, you'll still get access to a classic Gears of War villain. And more Terminator: Dark Fate characters for... some reason.
Both the COG and Swarm side will get two new playable characters for free. The COG will see generic COG Gear and DeeBee robots join them. These characters are the normal NPCs that you'd see at any other point in the game, and I can't say they've really been heavily wanted, but if you want to play as a faceless grunt then now is your chance. For the Swarm you also get the generic Warden, which is one of the game's boss enemies. Thankfully the swarm also gets General RAAM, the main antagonist of the first Gears of War and a welcome addition to the multiplayer. All four characters can be earned in-game, or purchased for 500 iron each, which is worth $5.
If you want to shell out a bit of money, you can also add two characters from Terminator: Dark Fate to the game as well. For the COG you'll get Grace, the assassin turned cyborg featured in the movie. Actress Mackenzie Davis will reprise her role as Grace in the game, which is a nice touch. The Swarm will get a Rev-9 Terminator, which is the new kind of Terminator featured in the movie. These two characters will be available in a character bundle for the price of $19.99. Additionally, if you didn't get Sarah Connor and the T-800 Terminator for free when the game launched, both of them are now available in a different bundle for $19.99 as well.
All six of the new characters can be played in the game's versus mode, with the three COG characters also playable in hoard mode. Additionally, both the COG Gear and Grace can participate in Escape mode. For this mode, the COG Gear has a special ability that revives all downed players, while Grace can upgrade her melee attacks to knock enemies down every time she hits them.
Gears 5 is currently available right now on PC and Xbox One.
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