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List of Gears 5 known bugs and launch issues

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, as if the case with almost every game, there are still a number of bugs to be aware of. While an official list hasn't been shared as of yet, we did come across some interesting ones that are giving players a hard time. You can read about them below.


It seems like if you're using a slow external hard drive (HDD), not a solid-state drive (SSD), saving the game can be a hassle. The checkpoint logo keeps on spinning but nothing happens. Some reports indicate that if you're using an external HDD, you'll likely have this issue. Others say that it's related to server problems. Either way, it's an ongoing concern with no clear solution as of now. Try installing the game on an external SSD if you have one.

Stuck animations

It seems like some characters are stuck in rage animations even after a match is over. While this bug is hilarious, it can be disconcerting because they're very loud.


Certain areas of the game exhibit noticeable performance dips. This happens usually when there's a lot of action in the campaign.

Stuck progress

According to reports on Twitter, there are some missing prompts in the campaign and certain computer-controlled characters don't do what they're supposed to. For example, Jack gets stuck behind a box and you can't move to the next area.

Language support

According to another report on Twitter, the Brazilian and Portuguese voices and subtitles are broken.


Some users are reporting that they are missing collectibles and campaign progression.

We'll keep adding to this list as we encounter more problems. Hopefully, The Coalition is aware of these problems and is actively working on solutions.

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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  • They'll sort them, I'm more than happy with the game. Only.played campaign sonfar though
  • I am very happy with the game I've had none of these issues so far oh, I do have the game installed on my external hard drive know my external hard drive is a faster 5400 RPM hard drive. I am waiting to get those new Western digital black hard drives are coming out for the Xbox.
  • Loving the game, but each new area seems to have the saving bug. It gets stuck saying it's saving and then eventually can't move. Also had issues transitioning back to playing after some cutscenes. This game needed way more beta testing basically.
  • If you are in a group and get the saving bug have everyone close the game and reload it. It runs much better after that. Has anyone been able to watch The State of the Universe video? I've tried several times and just get a black screen.
  • I was able to watch the State Of The Universe yesterday and right now. The game is installed on an external 2TB Seagate Xbox HDD. About to play the Campaign for the first time. Haven't played multiplayer yet.
  • Luckily I haven't come across any of these yet.
  • I'm on external SSD, no issue so far.
  • I spoke too soon, in act 3 I've started to get the saving icon bug. I also had a really weird issue online where all my visuals went screwy, like the screen had red and green lines around things. And my TV was constantly displaying the HDR10 overlay in the to left corner (it usually shows this when it switches to an input using HDR but then it disappears). I was running online through my mobile hotspot as my standard internet couldn't handle it and was lagging like crazy but I can't imagine that being the cause although the effect was also occurring on the xbox overlay menu. Went away after I exited the game and then I went back in, played campaign for a couple of hours and no issue. Really weird.
  • Get stuck on saving. After a cinematic the game starts in a black screen and have to restart. Sometimes the game starts on a previous level. The characters get stuck in some areas. It's really annoying. But apart from that and the skiff the game it really really good. When you can play it.
  • Edit: I started the game on local coop and had the issues i mentioned before and today i played alone and had no issues. The game runs smoothly like butter. Just for the data.
  • Just had the skif reload in a position where I can't get on it. It's clear this game was not ready yet. They need to fix all this stuff yesterday. It's completely ruining the experience
  • I am playing from my external drive and, so far, the saving bug occurred only once. However, it seems the game is frequently loosing synch with the servers and, as a result, most of the collectibles were not registered.
  • Wow this is awful. I just played 3 hours with friends to clear an act on insane. The collectables didn't save, none of my progress saved. Not a thing. I was not the host. This just sucks. (2 xbox 1 pc)