The Gears 5 Tech Test is right around the corner, prior to the game’s release. This upcoming demo of sorts, will stress test the servers and provide players with a taste of Gears 5 multiplayer. The download will be available on July 17, with the servers going live on July 19 at 10am PDT. The test will then span the course of the weekend, before midweek downtime. One more weekend will be playable following that, from July 26-29.
As detailed via Xbox Wire, the Tech Test will provide a number of multiplayer options. These include the online modes Escalation, King of the Hill and Arcade, along with Bootcamp. A new trailer for Bootcamp has just dropped showing off the mode, which is built for beginners. Gears can be a tough multiplayer introduction for new players. It seems the developers want to ease newcomers in with Gears 5.
The trailer shows off Del being instructed by Baird on how to approach different combat scenarios. The mode then plays out as a series of challenges to complete. Different combat ranges are in play, putting a focus on using all available weaponry depending on the scenario and enemy you face. As many of us have found out, Gears has become a shotgun-focused multiplayer game. These short and intense close-quarters gunfights can be off-putting for new players. We may see a little more weapon variety with Gears 5, due to modes like this. Of course, its inclusion in Xbox Game Pass will also regularly bring in players new to the franchise.
Gears 5 will launch on September 10 and Ultimate Edition owners or Game Pass Ultimate subscribers will gain early access on September 6. We’re looking forward to hopping into the Tech Test in the coming weeks, and will be introducing new players to our trusty gnasher shotguns. The new Bootcamp trailer is available below.