Gears 5 on Xbox and PC reveals Operation 6 with changes, a new map, and more characters

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What you need to know

  • Gears 5 is a third-person tactical shooter from the Coalition and Xbox.
  • Operation 6 is about to begin in Gears 5, which will add new content to its multiplayer.
  • The operation is starting with three new characters and a new map, with a mid-operation content drop planned.
  • Operations in Gears will become shorter and more densely packed with updates from here on out.

Gears 5 is continuing to add additional content to its intense multiplayer with the announcement of Gears 5 Operation 6. The next major Operation for Gears 5 is going to make some crucial changes to how Gears 5 handles new content, and will add new characters and maps for players to enjoy.

To begin, Operation 6 will start to shorten Gears 5 Operations from 16 weeks to 11 weeks, and will split content drops into two portions: the initial launch-content, and mid-Operation content. Each content drop will now contain at least two characters. When Operation 6 starts, Gears 5 players will have three new characters with Colonel Victor Hoffman, Queen Reyna, and Locust Zealot. There will also be a new map called Speyer.

The Coalition will drop more information on what's coming in Operation 6 in the coming weeks.

If you haven't played Gears 5 yet, it has certainly earned its place as one of the Best Games for Xbox. It also recently got some excellent campaign DLC. In our Gears 5: Hivebusters review, we said that "fast action is offset by surprisingly introspective character development, all in a jaw-droppingly gorgeous jungle setting." You can play Gears 5 and its multiplayer through Xbox Game Pass.

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Zachary Boddy
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Zachary Boddy (They / Them) is a Staff Writer for Windows Central, primarily focused on covering the latest news in tech and gaming, the best Xbox and PC games, and the most interesting Windows and Xbox hardware. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life starting with the original Xbox, and started out as a freelancer for Windows Central and its sister sites in 2019. Now a full-fledged Staff Writer, Zachary has expanded from only writing about all things Minecraft to covering practically everything on which Windows Central is an expert, especially when it comes to Microsoft. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.