Gears 5 gives players 'Boost and Scrap' for early-access problems

Kait executes a Swarm soldier with the Breaker mace
Kait executes a Swarm soldier with the Breaker mace (Image credit: Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • Gears 5 is a third-person shooter from The Coalition.
  • The game features a lot of new additions to its campaign and multiplayer.
  • Its early-access launch has been plagued with problems and the team is offering in-game compensation.
  • You can purchase Xbox Game Pass through Amazon (opens in new tab).

Gears 5 is a third-person shooter from The Coalition. Not only does the game feature a larger campaign, but it also provides plenty of multiplayer modes. Some of the more underrated features of the game have to be its accessibility support and 60 Hz servers for smooth competitive matches. However, its early-access period hasn't been without problems.

Today, the team announced that it was giving players in-game items as compensation for the early-access problems. According to a post on Twitter, The Coalition is awarding five days of Boost which grants faster progression and 600 Scrap. It should be added to your account in the next two days.

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It seems like the majority of the problems Gears 5 is facing, even when it comes to its campaign, are related to server issues. Since the title is part of Xbox Game Pass, let's hope it's fixed before Tuesday because even more players will have access to the game in a few hours.

Related: Gears 5 known bugs and launch issues

In Windows Central's review, Jez Corden wrote, "as a benchmark for visual excellence balanced against stellar performance, Gears 5 is technical wizardry. It also bridges platforms and storefronts... complete with... cross-play. The fact that Gears 5 manages to jam a... 12 to 18-hour campaign, several multiplayer modes, a map editor, and the promise of post-launch support represents one of the best deals in gaming right now. It's an even better value when you factor in Xbox Game Pass."

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7 Comments
  • This for me is a bit like Fallout 76. To "make up" for their mistakes they "give" few days of their microtransactions boost and cheap scraps.
    Nice way to get people to try it and get hooked to paying for quicker progression. Else they'll need to do the usual grind.
    So, they are also using this to promote their microtransactions bs. We got to remember that this is the "Ultimate" version. The more expensive version. That version for me is also a pay2win version.
    In a multiplayer game, playing the game earlier than others is an advantage. MS knows this and imo that's why they push for this "get the game late if you don't pay" scheme. The microtransactions system of Gears 5 is so complex. They must have spent so much resource on that. After games like SoT, SoD2, Crackdown 3 I thought that MS were moving away from microtransactions in their full price game. Looks like the old MS is back with this...
  • How is it complex? You collect currency either by paying or playing, you use said currency to buy skins and emotes and stuff. Not exactly rocket science.
  • Maybe boost are also just cosmetic items, huh?
    Anyway here read the article. It's absolutely not as straight forward as you guys talk.
    https://kotaku.com/how-gears-5-s-confusing-microtransactions-work-183794...
  • You do realise I picked up on all of that just by looking at the various menus in the game? The only thing I didn't know was that boost increased supply drops, because it's not actually shown in game (and because I've currently only played with boost active I hadn't seen the alternative). Everything else is clear if you act