During E3, The Coalition revealed Escape, a brand-new way to fight the swarm in Gears 5. A versus Technical Test in July was highlighted, with no confirmed date, but now the details appear to have been revealed.
Multiplayer fans will get a chance to get their hands-on Escalation, Arcade and King of the Hill. For those new to the Gears franchise, and those that want to brush up on the skills and learn the new mechanics, a new training mode Bootcamp will be on the menu.
The Tech Test also features a short Tour of Duty, which is a series of challenges for players to earn content – completing all of these challenges unlocks an exclusive Tech Test Banner. Players can also unlock three Versus Weapon Skins by completing some additional challenges.
Included with your Xbox Game Pass membership or as part of a Gears 5 pre-order, the Tech Test will be available to download starting July 17 with online play being active from July 19 through to July 21, and then active again on July 26 to July 29.
These Tech Tests are designed to help test servers and get them ready for a games launch. As a result of this, some games may encounter issues or be unplayable, but this is to make sure the game is polished when it launches, so it makes sense to complete these tests.
Gears 5 releases on September 10 for Xbox One, Windows 10, and with Xbox Game Pass.