Gears 5 doesn’t release until September, but Microsoft is inviting players in for a sneak peek during this weekend’s technical test for the multiplayer mode. The client is already available to download for Xbox One and PC, and now the studio has confirmed exactly when the servers go live.
[Update] Developer The Coalition has noted on Twitter that the tech test is currently experiencing some issues, which could impact the performance for a period “While we resolve some of the issues as soon as possible, you may see an increase to estimated wait time to get in,” it explained. “The actual wait time will decrease dramatically as we stabilize the services and let in more players. Thanks for your patience.”
When Do Servers Go Live
The tech test begins July 19 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET, and it runs through the same time on July 22. A second tech test runs the following weekend, from July 26 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET through July 29 at the same time.
What’s In It
The Gears 5 Tech Test includes three modes (Arcade, Escalation, and King of the Hill), along with two multiplayer maps–District and Training Grounds. The test also includes the new Bootcamp mode, which is a tutorial mode of sorts that teaches players the basics.
Also included in the tech test is “Tour of Duty,” which is a progression system that rewards players with the “Tester Weapon Skin” by completing certain challenges; the skin will be available in Gears 5 when it releases.
How To Get In
Access to the Gears 5 tech test is locked behind a paywall. You must either pre-order the game or subscribe to Xbox Game Pass (standard or Ultimate) to try out the game.
For lots more on the granular details on the Gears 5 tech test, read this FAQ. You can also see the minimum and recommend PC specs here.
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