Announced on the official Gears 5 website, Gears 5 will be eliminating season passes and Gear Packs. Gear Packs were introduced in Gears of War 4. They were loot boxes that players would purchase in order to unlock characters, skills, emblems, and other features for use in the game. The removal of both the season pass and Gear Packs was done to make all purchases direct. This way players will know exactly what they are getting when they make a purchase.
Microsoft Game Studios and The Coalition are really wanting to make Gears 5 a player-first experience. With this player-first philosophy that is being established in Gears 5, that means there will also be no paid DLC maps. All DLC maps will be free so this way you can play on either matchmaking or have a private match without any map restrictions.
Gears 5 will also have Tour of Duty, which will follow a seasonal format. In Tour of Duty, players will rank up throughout the season while completing daily challenges and earning seasonal medals. By ranking up you will earn exclusive customization items. As Tour of Duty follows the seasonal format, unlockable and exclusive items will change from season to season. These items have to be earned by playing and there will be no pay-only content in Tour of Duty.
There will also be Supply Drops. These are like loot boxes but are completely free. Supply drops have items from an exclusive pool of content. If a player receives something they have already received in a supply drop, these duplicates will automatically be converted to Scrap. Scrap can then be used to craft Supply Drop items a player doesn’t have yet. How do you earn Supply Drops though? You earn them just by playing Gears 5, as every minute spent playing a multiplayer mode will contribute towards a Supply Drop. Supply Drops will not be purchasable with real-world money.
Not everything will be free though. As Gears 5 will have what is known as Boost. Boost is optional but can give you things such as double multiplayer XP, double character XP, and double Supply Drop progression for a certain number of days that you decide at purchase. There will also be exclusive purchasable content with the in-game currency called Iron. Iron is both purchasable with real-world money and can be earned in Tour of Duty. You will always know exactly what you are purchasing with Iron as there will be no Gear Packs and no pay to win. This is being done to ensure Gears 5 will always have a fair and competitive playing environment.
Gears 5 will be released on September 10 for the Xbox One and PC. It will also be playable four days early if you are a member of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.