Gears 5 revamps progression, adds Gears Coins

Gears 5 Escape
Gears 5 Escape (Image credit: Xbox Game Studios)

What you need to know

  • Gears 5 is a third-person shooter from The Coalition.
  • It's getting massive changes to progression.
  • A new currency called Gears Coins can now be used to unlock almost everything.
  • Gears 5 is part of Xbox Game Pass.

Today, developer The Coalition announced radical changes to the progression and currency systems in Gears 5. Progression has been made much simpler because the Scrap and Supply, and Totem system are gone. You can take a look at what The Coalition wrote below.

We understand that a player's time is valuable and that the time you invest in a game should feel meaningful. Previously, we know some players felt limited in their ability to get the content. Beginning in Operation 4, we're rolling out a new, simpler system that makes it easier to get the content you want. We've heard your feedback that scrap and supply were overly complicated and sometimes didn't give you the items you wanted. Both are now gone. The Totem system felt like a barrier to your favorite character. It is gone. Characters are now 'unlocked' whenever you get any character skin associated with that character.

However, the bigger addition has to be Gears Coins. It's used to unlock nearly everything in the store from now on. The post said the following about the new currency.

Presenting Gears Coins, our new earnable currency, which can be used to unlock nearly every item in the store or, for the PvE players, you can use them to upgrade skill cards. Certain items like Esports packs and select bundles will be exempt from Gears Coins. Gears Coins are earned just by playing. The easiest way to earn them is by progressing through the Tour of Duty. The Tour will still give cool characters, weapon skins, and more for you to show off on the battlefield. And for those that finish the Tour, we've introduced the new Legends rank, which sits above General and enables you to keep earning Gears Coins for as long as you play. We're also giving Gears Coins as Ranked and Escape rewards. All Scrap balances and Totem progress will be immediately converted to Gears Coins at the start of Operation 4. We have created a brand-new store that features a massive permanent collection.

It's great to see that Gears 5 is still getting such dramatic changes even after all these months. Let's hope the team continues to listen to consumers and make appropriate changes. Do you play Gears 5? What do you want to see from the game? Let us know.



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