Gears 5 developer The Coalition announced that the upcoming Gears of War title will not contain loot boxes or come with a season pass.
In a blog post, the studio said it will be handling how players earn in-game content differently than previous titles. The game will not have a season pass, DLC maps will be free for matchmaking and private matches, and there will no Gear Packs.
Gear Packs were first introduced in Gears of War 4, and were loot boxes that contained random weapon skins, characters skins, and ability cards for the cooperative Horde mode. These packs were earnt in game by grinding money, or by using real word currency.
Instead, Gears 5 will have a “Tour of Duty” system that is similar to Fortnite’s Battle Pass, and feature seasons of exclusive content for limited time.
“You take on Daily Challenges and seasonal Medals to rank up and earn customization content (including character skins). The path to each piece of content earnable is clear – you will know what you need to do to earn each specific customization item. In addition, there is no ‘Premium’ pay-only content for Tour of Duty” The Coalition said.
Players can also earn a “Supply Drop” that randomly drops a free item after playing any multiplayer mode for a certain amount of time. Duplicate items will be turned to Scrap, which can be spent on other Supply items “or character skills you want to upgrade.”
Gears 5 is launching on Sept. 10 for Xbox One and PC.