Developer The Coalition has revealed that unlike its predecessor, Gears 5 will not feature paid-for Gear Packs or a season pass.
On the Gears 5 website, The Coalition said: “Earning content in Gears is something we know many of you care deeply about. You’ve asked and we’ve listened. In Gears 5, our goal is to create a player-first experience when it comes to in-game content, and it starts with this: No Season Pass; No Gear Packs; DLC Maps are free for matchmaking and Private Play; Exclusive earnable content in the all-new Tour of Duty system; All store purchases are direct, no RNG so you always know what you will get.”
The Coalition provided further details of Tour of Duty, the hotly anticipated game’s “earnable content” system: “We’ve committed to delivering more earnable content than ever before through an extensive new system called Tour of Duty. You take on Daily Challenges and seasonal Medals to rank up and earn customization content (including character skins). The path to each piece of content earnable is clear – you will know what you need to do to earn each specific customization item. In addition, there is no ‘Premium’ pay-only content for Tour Of Duty. Tour of Duty will also run in a seasonal format, delivering brand new content and challenges to chase every season.”
According to The Coalition, Gears 5 will still have an in-game currency: “Exclusive customization content can be bought with a premium in-game currency called Iron. Iron is purchased with real world currency. You will also be able to earn a limited amount of Iron through each Tour of Duty to spend in content in the Store. Content found in the store is direct purchase, meaning what you see is what you get. No Gear Packs, no randomness. We are committed to ensuring we preserve a fair competitive environment across our modes, so there will be no items in the store that provide a competitive advantage for real-money purchasers, i.e. no pay to win.”
2016’s Gears of War 4 had a season pass which cost $50 when it came out, and its Gear Packs cost between 99 cents and $4.99, so the news that those elements have been removed for Gears 5 should please fans of the franchise. The Coalition’s statement that: “DLC Maps are free for matchmaking and Private Play” suggests that at some point, paid-for maps may be released for other game modes. Gears 5 is due to be released on 10 September for Xbox One and PC; for more information keep an eye on its website.