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Gears 5 preload goes live, early access moved up to September 5

What you need to know

  • Gears 5 is an upcoming third-person shooter from Xbox Game Studios.
  • New details about the multiplayer modes were just revealed today.
  • Early access now begins of September 5 instead of September 6.
  • You can access Gears 5: Ultimate Edition through Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (opens in new tab).

Gears 5 is an upcoming third-person shooter from Microsoft's The Coalition team. The studio has worked on Gears of War 4 in the past, and it wants to make the sequel an even bigger adventure. The game is also more advanced on a technical front. According to Gears 5's Multiplayer Design Director, the franchise will feature 60 Hz servers for the first time.

If you preordered Gears 5 or are an Xbox Game Pass subscriber, you can preload the game starting today. Just head over to the Microsoft Store in your browser and open Gears 5. You should see the option to "Install/play." While it's impossible to play it as of now, you can pre-load it by clicking on the "..." next to the button and installing it to your console of choice.

Those of you who preordered the Gears 5: Ultimate Edition or are a part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, you'll be pleased to know that the early-access date has been moved up to September 5 at 9 PM local time. For example, North American early access will begin at simultaneously at 9 PM EDT, 7 PM CDT, and 6 PM PDT. This means that you'll be able to play the game a few hours early because it was supposed to launch on September 6 at midnight.

A huge part of Gears 5 is its multiplayer mode. Today, The Coalition also detailed the maps that will be part of the game at launch. Each of them feels distinct, so you'll have to utilize different strategies to succeed. You can take a look at the rewards and other details about Gears 5, including the future of Gears of War 4, here.

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Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.

3 Comments
  • Wow! You're so fast. We know about earlier access for few hours for a weeks. It could even earlier if we change console to New Zealand.
  • Just started the download on the Game Pass app. Pretty damn convenient. Love it.
  • Honestly I didn't understand the point of the GP app, but push notifications about games (coming, not leaving) and the combinations of MS Rewards into the app has made it pretty good.