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New character, event and map changes coming to Gears 5

Gears 5 is midway through Operation 2, but changes are still coming to Microsoft’s third person shooter. In a What’s Up post by the developers, we get details on the Kantus character returning, alongside events, map alterations and more gameplay tweaks.

The changes begin today, January 21, when title update 4 releases. The update brings improvements to Gnasher consistency, damage indicator options and some tweaks to map layouts; including cover and weapon placements on Icebound. The Kantus character will also drop today, but at different times depending on how you plan on acquiring him.


The Coalition will also be celebrating the Lunar New Year with an event. This will bring a Free For All version of the Golden Gun mode, with the opportunity to earn some rewards by getting 108 kills in the event mode. If you play Gears 5 on January 25, you’ll also get a few goodies just for logging in.

The weekly escape hive also changes today. Titled The Line, this route to evacuation is set along a railway line and sees players fight against Scion characters with ultimate abilities. The current weekly escape hive will drop into the previous hives selection.

There will also be new additions to the in-game store. The highlights here are a cool looking Bolter skin for the Locust Drone character, and a Year of the Rat weapon skin pack to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

Are you still playing Gears 5?


Ben Kerry
Previous reviews and news writer for Gamereactor. Fan of action, racing and straight up walkin' in any video game he can get his hands on. When he's not gaming, Ben spends his time listening to way too much Guns N' Roses, watching football and probably eating somewhere...

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