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This Week in Gears – October 19 – 25

Hello, everyone! Welcome to another This Week in Gears blog. As we approach the end of Operation 8 Drop 2, we wanted to let you know that we will be moving away from weekly blog posts. With that in mind, we will keep you in the loop of the store refreshes on our social channels so be sure to keep an eye out on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for updates.

You know the objective: capture a ring that’s 2.5 times bigger than the regular KOTH ring and stay inside to score points for your team! But that’s not all.

This week we are rolling out a small batch of updates to preview in our Control Versus event. We have been testing and iterating on these updates with a small group of experienced players, and believe they are nudges that will improve moment-to-moment gameplay.

At a high level this update is meant to:

  • Improve the balance of load out and precision weapons.
  • Improve the ability to showcase individual skill, especially in Gnasher battles.
  • Reduce delays and improve fluidity of player movement.

We’ll share more in-depth details in an upcoming forum post.

As we move forward with our future projects, our team can only focus on precise changes like these, aimed at making Gears 5 multiplayer gameplay remain an enjoyable experience for everyone for a long time. We welcome you to play the event and let us know if you prefer this newer tuning or the current one.

UPDATE: Check out what’s new with the Control: Tuning Updates Event in the Gears Forums! We’ll run a community poll there to see which tuning you like the most.

Some light peaking through the mines

This week’s featured Escape Hive is The Mines! Which path will you choose to set the fastest time? Fight your way to the branch and choose your fate.

New items for the Gears Store, available from October 19, 2021
  • Helmetless Commando Duo – 750 Iron
  • Helmetless Akagi – 500 Iron
  • Helmetless Sanguino – 500 Iron
  • Camo Weapon Set – 425 Iron
  • Scythe Mark – 125 Iron
Featured store items for the week October 19 through 25
  • Motor Pool Lizzie – 500 Iron, 4,000 Gears Coins
  • Hot Rod Jack – 500 Iron, 4,000 Gears Coins
  • Hot Rod Legacy Set – 850 Iron, 6,800 Gears Coins
  • Carried Away Bloodspray – 125 Iron, 1,000 Gears Coins
  • Bombsaway Mark – 65 Iron, 500 Gears Coins

The latest Gears Esports skin is the Black Steel UIR Female which is available in-store for 2.99 USD.

Black Steel UIR Female

After a fantastic lineup of Black Steel Characters, the UIR Female will be the last new character skin to grace the Esports Store. But as we announced a few weeks ago, a variety of store items will be making a return. This means we’re also working on bringing back Black Steel characters for you in an Essentials drop during November. Stay tuned for future news on the exact date when they’ll be up for grabs!

As always, keep grinding and have a great week!

Enjoy!

TC

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