Gears 5 features dozens of pride flags in multiplayer
It's a small but important step.
What you need to know
- Gears 5 is the latest mainline entry in the series from The Coalition.
- The game features nearly two dozen pride flags in its multiplayer.
- It releases today for XGP Ultimate subscribers and September 10th for everyone else.
Here's a heartwarming story to brighten your morning. As people on Twitter are discovering, Gears 5 features dozens of pride flags in its multiplayer. Instead of being limited to the usual rainbow flag, The Coalition went above and beyond what developers normally do — if they do at all — and ensured nearly everyone in the LGBTQ+ community was represented. Because everyone deserves representation.
It's a small gesture, but an incredibly important one for those who want to feel included in the game's community. Banners are displayed behind your character after multiplayer matches if you've earned special commendations, like being the top player in a match, so everyone can see them.
This is a great step for a series that was usually seen as a hypermasculine power fantasy.
Wear your pride on your sleeve
Gears 5 is being hailed as one of the greatest Gears games to release, mixing up the formula in new ways to strengthen it more than ever before. And now you can get in on the multiplayer fun with some pride displayed.
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Jennifer Locke has been playing video games nearly her entire life, and is very happy Xbox is growing a stronger first-party portfolio. You can find her obsessing over Star Wars and other geeky things on Twitter @JenLocke95.
That's the point of Pride today.
People were already saying these guys had an agenda putting a woman in the lead role of a hyper masculine game and now they felt the need to do this too right before release? Yeah, right... "No Agenda". And Just to be clear. All the developers from Coalition to Naughty Dog are pushing this nonsense.