The Coalition has confirmed that the game won’t include a season pass, and DLC maps will be free for public and private games, with premium cosmetic content available to purchase with cash or in-game currency earned by completing objectives in Gears 5’s new Tour of Duty events. NICE.
The game is also dropping Gears of War 4’s Gear Pack lootboxessurprise mechanics, and this time premium cosmetic content purchases won’t be random – so you’ll get the thing you actually want instead of one more stupid Gnasher sugar skin to go with the 53 others.
“You’ve asked and we’ve listened,” the studio explains.
“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.”
This is a dramatic change from the previous game, which featured a R1000 season pass and Gear Packs starting at about R50 and some exceeding R300. I’d expect, however, that the grind for the new Iron in-game currency will probably be a lot more difficult than busting out a credit card.