THIS WEEK IN GEARS: DECEMBER 22-JAN 4
The festive season is here! Gearsmas is going to take us through the New Year. We’ve got lots of things to keep you entertained!
Glowies are here!
2XP (and free boost) for everyone
Snowball Fight returns
Jingle Juvies sticks around
New store updates
THE LAMBENT HAVE ARRIVED!
The dark wintery nights are here and what better way to light them up with a sinister trio of Glowies.
The Lambent are available in the store individually or as a bundle. And for those of you asking, we are releasing the Lambent as stand-alone characters so we have the ability to create Lambent variants in the future. As usual, they will be available for Gears Coins in early January.
Each character is available for 250 iron or in a bundle for 1,500 Iron. The bundle includes:
Lambent Theron Guard
Lambent Flesh full weapon Set
Sorrowed Sway expression
Lambent Civil War banner
Locust Rune Queen Mark
LET’S GET GRINDING!
If you’re looking to increase your re-ups or level up your PvE classes, then we have the Gearsmas present for you – 2XP! We’re also giving everyone free Boost.
And yes, we will finally reveal our re-up changes in the New Year.
VERSUS EVENT: SNOWBALL FIGHT
We all love a good ole fashioned snowball fight… so we’re bringing back this fan favorite just in time for the holidays. For those who haven’t played this before, it’s a Team Deathmatch-like mode that equips players with a Boomshot that shoots snowballs.
HORDE EVENT: JINGLE JUVIES
These antlered-terrors are sticking around until January 4th, so you can enjoy the wave after wave after wave of yelping Juvies.
As a reminder, Jingle Juvies is a 20 wave Horde event that features a lot of Juvies sporting antlers and boss waves featuring a lot of Juvies and lots of regular enemies to keep you on your toes.
Also, the issue where players were getting incorrect rewards when completing the Daily Challenge will be resolved with tomorrow’s changes.
Fruitcake full weapon set – 850 Iron
Nice Present For You expression – 300 Iron
Gearsmas 2020 mark – 125 Iron
Krampus Scion – 1,500 Iron or 10,000 Gears Coins
Gift Wrapped loadout set – 500 Iron
Ugly Sweater Jack – redeem for free
Gearsmas 2019 banner – redeem for free
THIS WEEK IN GEARS: DEC 1 – 7
This Week in Gears will fill you in on everything happening in-game this week for Gears 5!
Beyond the usual store and event updates, we’re also adding the most recent tuning to the developer playlist so make sure to play and pass along any feedback.
We’ve also added the Scorcher to the maps below. Please note that weapon spawns have a 50% chance of being one of the following:
Blood Drive: Scorcher and Dropshot
Lift: Scorcher and Boomshot
Exhibit: Scorcher and Dropshot
Forge: Scorcher and Boomshot
VERSUS EVENT: FFA GNASHERS ONLY
Just you, your Gnasher and your dream of ruining the day of seven other players.
Lace up your best bouncing shoes on and head into Gnashers Only FFA this week to prove your skills.
HORDE EVENT: CLASSIC HORDE
Classic Horde is… well, Classic, meaning there are no fabricators, ultimate abilities, skill cards or passives, and everyone starts off with a Lancer, Gnasher and Snub.
Unlike the original Horde, however, the Classic Horde playlist uses the Horde Frenzy model of 12 waves with a boss every 4 waves. The playlist will also be restricted to only the new maps introduced in Operation 5, giving players a great opportunity to try out the new maps as well!
As an added treat, we’re rolling out a Classic Horde medal group where you can earn the complete Bloody Weapon set.
Here are the challenges:
Classically Trained – Survive 36 waves of the Classic Horde event
Lone Wolf – Get 100 kills with the Gnasher (any MP mode)
Hold ‘em Back – Get 100 kills with the Lancer (any MP mode)
Scavenger – Get 25 kills with heavy weapons (any MP mode)
ESCAPE HIVE: THE GAUNTLET
Fresh weekly hive. Fresh weekly rewards.
The Gauntlet returns! This intense, one-act Hive forces you and your squad to battle through three huge fights (and bosses) in rapid succession to escape the Venom in time.
Stranded Dizzy – 500 Iron
Dizzy Banner – 100 Iron
Dizzy Skull Mark – 65 Iron
Winter Armor JD – 250 iron or 2,000 Gears Coins
Swarm Winter Sniper – 250 Iron or 2,000 Gears Coins
Frigid Blast Weapon Set (Full) – 850 Iron or 6,800 Gears Coins
Snowflake Bloodspray – 125 Iron or 1,000 Gears Coins
Chrome Steel Hivebuster Mac – $9.99 USD
GEARS TACTICS TITLE UPDATE
Attention Gears fans!
Here are the patch notes for the latest update for Gears Tactics!
This Title Update will be out at November 30, 2020 at 7:00 pm PT. The full patch notes can be found below:
ALL PLATFORMS – GENERAL
Improved narration in the equipment screens.
Improved narration of the hit chance UI element.
Fixed white flash that could occur for one frame in the loading screen.
Fixed the character animation snapping when backing out of name customization in the Barracks.
Fixed goggles not disappearing from the Deviant Sniper when it is killed by a headshot.
Fixed flickering between the occlusion shader and some buildings in Act 2 and Act 3.
Optimized content in Act 2 to improve performance.
ALL PLATFORMS – GAMEPLAY
Controller Only: Fixed a timing issue where sticky cursor abilities (e.g. execute) could be confirmed before the preview was shown.
Controller Only: Added camera limit to Jacks free aim abilities so the camera won’t push past the limit of the ability.
Improved targeting of free aim abilities, like Overwatch or Jacks capsules.
The ability can now be confirmed while hovering over another unit instead of that unit being selected.
Fixed the turn getting stuck when a player unit attempts to chainsaw an enemy unit that has an opportunity attack
and the opportunity attack is triggered while the player unit is mantling over cover.
Fixed enemies spawning in the ground if player units are too close in some missions.
Fixed a case where a unit revived in a corner could get stuck.
Fixed elite enemy reveals being in the wrong location when loading a save game.
Fixed hit chance UI element background sometimes not appearing.
Fixed sounds cutting out during later stages of the Brumak fight.
Fixed Tickers appearing on the ground for one frame while dropping from the Reaver.
Fixed Jack facing in the wrong direction after opening doors.
Improved boot times.
Added a new advanced video setting “Fast Pipeline State Cache”. This setting decreases boot times but increases system memory usage by up to 600MB.
Optimized planar reflections, the GPU cost of the feature has been greatly reduced.
Added a user facing message when file read errors happen so the user can be alerted to potential file corruption errors.
Fixed misaligned text on buttons in some resolutions.
All: Fixed lighting being too dark in night environments.
All: Fixed Gabe missing his undershirt during the intro cinematic if the game is still installing Act 2 content when the cinematic loads.
Xbox One X|S: Fixed a visible hitch when units drop from a Reaver for the first time.
Xbox Series X: Enabled enhanced reflections. See below for comparison images
Xbox Series X: Enhanced Reflections – OFF
Xbox Series X: Enhanced Reflections – ON
Fixed a crash on Xbox One X when browsing characters in the convoy later in the campaign.
Fixed a crash that could happen when using bayonet charge.
Fixed a rare crash while using the torque bow.
Fixed a rare crash in gameplay while planning the enemy turn.
Fixed a rare rendering crash.
Fixed a few rare crashes in loading screens.
Fixed a rare crash during streaming install when the game is suspended.
Fixed a rare crash that could happen after the game is saved.
Fixed a rare crash on boot while registering users and controllers.
Fixed a crash when a mine explodes on an e-hole and the unit that placed the mine is dead.