Gears 5 isn't just ditching the "of War" part of the iconic name this time around, it's also leaving the season pass and the gear packs in the past, developer The Coalition announced recently in a blog post.
If you played Gears of War 4, you might remember the Gear Packs, skill cards that you acquired through playing (a lot) or through purchasing the random card packs in bulk through the in-game store. These and the classic season pass will be gone in Gears 5, which means that all the post-launch DLC maps will be made available for all players for free.
Instead of getting some cash through these means, Gears 5 is introducing "Iron", an in-game currency used to purchase cosmetic items as well as introducing the "Tour of Duty" system (which is essentially resembles a battle pass system where Tour of Duty owners can complete challenges to unlock various cosmetic items).
"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"
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