Dropping hot yesterday on May 18th, 2021, Gears 5: Operation 7 is now LIVE with a roster of new characters such as Hana Cole and Ukkon, a new map, an updated ranked system, and PVP/PVE changes.
Gears 5 Operations Recap
Launched in 2019, Gears 5 is a third-person shooter computer game developed by The Coalition and published by Xbox Game Studios for Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, and Xbox Series X/S.
What are Operations?
According to The Coalitions, Operations are designed to “evolve your Gears 5 Multiplayer Experience”. Very similar to the “Seasons” concept of some live service games such as Apex Legends and Fornite, they deliver new content and usually last for a couple of months before the next iteration.
Quick Summary of Updates and Changes
CHARACTERS– Operation 7 introduces two new characters
- HANA COLE —a gifted scientist who takes an unconventional approach to solve problems. Joining Colonel Hoffman in his fight against the Swarm.
- UKKON — Locust scientist Ukkon is responsible for genetically engineering many of the creatures that terrorized the people of Sera after E-day.
NEW MAP — Ephyra
If you like maps that are post-apocalyptic, you will definitely love what they did to the once beautiful Ephyra city block. Tip: According to Gear5, taking control of the Estemont hotel will be key to winning more games.
Competitive — An Updated Ranked System
Here’s the full summary of the updated competitive system:
- Added Leaderboards (see picture for reference)
- Removed Gear Points (GP) and replaced it with a total points system
More game modes to compete in
- Team Deathmatch
- 2v2 Gnashers
- Free for All (8 players)
But wait…there’s more — In the next two weeks, they’ll be adding Execution 2.0 and Escalation. With each mode having a leaderboard, Gears 5 will shift to a placement system for each playlist. This leaderboard is seasonal which means they will reset at the start of each Operation. In addition, All-time leaderboards will persist across Gears 5 forever, meaning the top spot is always in play! So get to grinding.
Operation 7 Drop 1 will introduce a Field of View option across all Xbox One devices, bringing console settings in line with PC. They have also removed the crossplay option across Gears 5 as they were seeing 40% of players disabling the crossplay option. (RIP Crossplay)
CUSTOM VERSUS PROGRESSION
For those who enjoy focusing more on their custom matches rather than the matchmade ones from Gear5, they got you covered. In Operations 7 drop 1, players will have the ability to gain multiplayer progression while playing through custom matches. Is this the best solution? You tell us.
This includes the following:
- Multiplayer XP
- Stars granted for time played
- Daily and Tour of Duty Objectives
Gears 5 announced that operational 7 Drop 1 we’ll automatically convert your duplicated level 6 cards into Gear Coins!
If you’ve got any acquired duplicated cards before this update, they’re going to be converted into Gear Coins up to a complete limit of 100,000 Gear Coins. Any future cards you acquire that are level 6 and duplicate are going to be scrapped for Gear Coins.