Gears 5 Won't Have a Season Pass, DLC Maps Will be Free

Much like other multiplayer games of the time, Gears 5 will be forgoing a season pass while also getting rid of other RNG elements from the past.

June 21, 2019

Following its latest showing at E3 2019, Microsoft and The Coalition have provided more details on this year’s release of Gears 5 and what we can expect to see from the game after launch.

In a new blog post on the official Gears 5 website, it was confirmed that the game’s multiplayer will not have a season pass this time around. All additional DLC maps that come to Gears 5 following its September release will be made available completely for free, both in matchmaking and private play.

Furthermore, Gear Packs will also be going away this time around meaning that RNG rewards will be entirely absent. Instead, if you purchase new items, all you’ll have to do is go directly to the in-game store and buy exactly what it is that you want.


In a time where many multiplayer games are putting distance between themselves and loot boxes, season passes, and other anti-consumer practices, it’s not all that surprising to see Gears 5 go down this route as well. The lack of a season pass helps to keep your player base together far longer after release anyway, which is surely a benefit to The Coalition in the long run. You can read the full breakdown of what to expect from Gears 5 in terms of multiplayer rollout right here.

Gears 5 is set to launch later this year on September 10 for Xbox One and PC. If you’d like to read more on the upcoming installment in the long-running shooter series, be sure to check out our preview of the new Escape mode which we tried out at E3.

Logan Moore

Logan Moore is the Managing Editor around these parts and enjoys the video game Super Mario Odyssey.

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