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
Get ready for Operation 5: Hollow Storm!
Operation 5 takes us back to the vibes of Gears 2 and 3. We’ve added iconic characters, new maps including River and the all-new Imulsion-themed map Nexus, the fiery Scorcher, and much more.
We’ve overhauled Horde and Escape by separating characters from classes, continuing to refine the PvP experience, introduced a new Heroic cosmetic as well as added an all-new Tour of Duty.
There is only one option…ATTACK! Grab Dizzy Wallin and Tai Kaliso to recreate the fight against Skorge (we recommend mid-bridge in River for all the Gears 2 feels). Or pick up Anya Stroud and pair her with Marcus to fight for tomorrow.
Dizzy, Tai, Anya and Skorge are now available individually or as part of the Operation 5 bundle in the Gears 5 Store.
The Lambent Drone, Lambent Grenadier, and Lambent Theron Guard will make their way into Gears later this Operation. Stay tuned!
And don’t forget Gabe Diaz! Any player that completes the Gears Tactics tutorial will automatically unlock him once they log back into Gears 5.
Set deep under Mount Kadar, this Locust Stronghold will have you battling amongst rivers of Imulsion.
Set high above the clouds, this regal map has features fights inside and outdoors with views that will inspire both awe and fear.
Echoes from past permeate this classic Gears 2 map. Which path will you choose – rush to the bridge for a head-to-head fight or make your way to the houses to grab the Longshot / Torque Bow and lay waste to the foes below you?
Bombed-out cars and trucks provide plenty of cover in this classic map – take note of the new cool blue lighting which we think provides a subtle calming effect to this seaside warzone.
The Swarm’s arrival at this city center has brought this once revered plaza from disrepair to complete ruin.
And as a special bonus, we’ve added another tile-based FFA map – War Room. This map is set within an underground COG bunker where you will navigate the many winding halls trying to slay out and stay alive. This map will be playable in both Ranked FFA and in custom lobbies.
TOUR OF DUTY
The rewards in the new Tour of Duty will keep you playing throughout Operation 5. Make your push to General to unlock Lambent RAAM.
Along the way you’ll earn three new weapon sets, marks, bloodsprays and expressions. And if you progress beyond General, you can continue to progress and earn precious Gears Coins that you can use for items in the store.
PVE AND PVP UPDATES
PvE has received a major update in Operation 5. We’ve decoupled characters and classes, added new and skill cards rewards and unveiled variety of Horde and Escape challenges. Read our recent PvE blog for all the details.
For the PvP players, we’ve implemented our Community Service program to deal with quitters, updated the Ranked bonuses, and made some changes to our playlists. Here is a breakdown of all thew news.
That’s all for us. We can’t wait to hear what you think of Operation 5, join in the conversation on Twitter, the forums, Discord or the community reddit /r/GearsofWar!