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For those of you who couldn’t wait to get your hands on the next title in the Gears of War franchise, you will soon get your chance. September 10th, 2019 Gears 5 will release for Windows 10 and Xbox One as part of Xbox Play Anywhere.The game will also be available to gamers on release through Xbox Game Pass.

But first we must ask ourselves….”why “Gears 5” and not “Gears of War 5”?

Well simply put by Xbox Marketing expert Aaron Greenberg, “To save you room on Twitter; that was the whole idea”. He was just joking of course. The real reason behind this is that the title is a cleaner look for the brand. Not only that, but the Gears titles were mostly shorthanded by gamers when referring to it on social media.

We first heard about Gears 5 at E3 2018 during the Microsoft showcase. Along with Gears 5 being the first title in the franchise that has a “shortened” title, it is also the first title that has a female playable lead.

Gears 5 follows the story of Kait Diaz. Kait was introduced to us during Gears of War 4, when JD and Del go AWOL from the COG and joined a group of Outsiders. The Outsiders are led by Reyna, Kait’s mother. As you may remember during Gears of War 4, JD, Del, and Marcus, join Kait in an effort to find Reyna after she had been captured.

As the end had come and the fate of Kait’s mother was sealed, Reyna gave Kait a family heirloom. This heirloom, a medallion, but contained the shape, the icon of the Locust Horde. This left gamers with a lot of questions. These questions will be, hopefully, answered in Gears 5.

Gears 5 focuses on Kait and her journey to uncover the origins of not only the Locust, but of her family. Kait reveals she has been having nightmares that she believes are messages linked to the necklace given to her by her mother. It is confirmed we will see the return of JD Fenix, Delmont ‘Del’ Walker, and Marcus Fenix as well. After seeing the trailer during XBOX’s E3 conference, I can’t wait to dive deeper in to Kait’s story. Could she really be the granddaughter of the Locust Queen? Will she turn on her allies or will she kick some Locust butt once and for all?

Gamers will be able to dive into the campaign through solo play, split screen co-op, or online co-op. Take in the action through amazing 4K HDR with 60 fps rate. This weekend those with Xbox Game Pass will be able to take part in the Versus Tech Test.

The Versus Tech Test will be available for download today July 17th, with servers running July 19th 10am PDT through July 22nd 10am PDT. Then servers will run again July 26th 10am PDT through July 29th 10am PDT. This Tech Test will bring you exclusive access to new multiplayer game types scheduled to release with Gears 5.

Escalation, Arcade, and King of the Hill to name a few. We also will see the addition of a new training mode, Bootcamp, for those new to the franchise. The test features a “Tour of Duty” for gamers to earn content such as weapon skins, and even an exclusive Tech Test Banner upon completion.

We are still counting down the days until we find out what is really going on inside Kait’s head. I myself, really can’t wait too much longer for Gears 5, so you know I will be playing the Tech Test to get my fix before release!

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