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Operation 8: Drop 1 – Reveal

Hello everyone!

The time has come to talk about Operation 8! This post will cover everything you can expect to see when the operation goes live on Tuesday, August 3rd.

Before you dive into the full post, check out the Operation 8 trailer!

Bernie and Vrol in a blade duel

Sergeant Bernadette “Bernie” Mataki is a legendary sharpshooter who fought for the COG in the Pendulum and Locust Wars. With a caustic sense of humor and an unerring sense of aim, Bernie is a relentless force on the battlefield.

A crusading zealot with a deep-seated hatred of humanity, Ketor Vrol is one of the first Locust and served Queen Myrrah alongside RAAM and Ukkon. Vrol is a high priest of the Locust Horde who leads his people in worshipping the Trinity of Worms, who created the sacred birthright of the Locust: the Hollows.

The center section of the Ritual map

The Weilehan people once gave tribute to the Wakaatu at these ancient ruins. Controlling both the catacombs and the altar is key to avoiding unexpected flanks.

Locust enemies trying to keep control of a control point as two COG soldiers begin to attack them

In Operation 7, we introduced Competitive mode, bringing with it seven total playlists, each with exclusive Leaderboards.

We’re happy to announce that due to overwhelmingly positive feedback we’ll be adding Capture the Flag as our eighth and final competitive mode to Gears 5 for Operation 8 going forward. This mode will also have exclusive banners to unlock as well as a new leaderboard to climb!

Alongside competitive updates, we’ll be adding more exclusive competitive rewards, some prototype weapons, and more, let’s dive in!

In Operation 7 we gave away the Heroic Obsidian weapon set, which was awarded in batches if you finished playlists in the top 1000. We are still going to be offering this reward with the same criteria, but we’ll be rotating through the weapon groups so that players can earn all the weapon skins without having to grind different playlists.

In addition to the above we’re still granting the same top 100/1 rewards as last season but with one change: The Grandmaster Gnasher will be swapped out for the Grandmaster Obsidian Gnasher.

Grandmaster Obsidian Gnasher

For Season 9 of competitive, we’ll then swap the Obsidian Gnasher out for the Grandmaster Bloody Gnasher.

Grandmaster Bloody Gnasher

We are also adding new banners to earn for each of the competitive modes in Operation 8 so make sure to keep an eye out for that!

So just to recap, here’s how the competitive rewards will now work:

  • 100k points – Playlist Mark – 100k
  • 500k points – Playlist Mark – 500k
  • 1 million points – Playlist Master Banner
  • If you finish in the top 1,000 – Some weapons from Heroic Obsidian Gnasher set.
  • If you finish in the top 100
    • Playlist Grandmaster Banner
    • Trinity Skorge
    • Grandmaster Obsidian Gnasher
    • Golden Heart Bloodspray
  • If you finish the season as the top player
    • Golden Gnasher Bloodspray

Throughout the development of Gears 5, we prototyped different weapons for inclusion in PvP, but, sadly many of them didn’t make it into the game.

In Operation 8 we’re going to be adding two prototype weapons to custom matches and events so you can try them out, however, they will not be customizable for skins.

The Markza MK2

Back in Gears of War Judgment we released a weapon called the Breechshot. As a prototype, the Markza MK2 exists to replicate that weapon’s behavior.

The Markza MK2 is a five-round rifle, with the ability to instantly headshot an enemy, its drawback is a slow rate of fire which can cost the player opportunities or even result in their death.

To try and replicate that Gears of War Judgment feel we’ve also used the original crosshair that was present for Breechshot, which should help to achieve that same gun feel.

The Revive Grenade

The Revive Grenade previously existed as the Stim-Gas Grenade in Gears of War Judgment, featuring the ability to continuously heal players inside the blast radius.

We used that as the inspiration for the Revive Grenade, which can revive Down But Not Out (DBNO) players. We imagine it can be a round changer in objective playlists.

We’re incredibly excited to get these out to you and we look forward to seeing how you use them in customs!

A sample of the online scoreboard

Note: Ping will still appear on this scoreboard, this is just a bot game.

  • Alongside all the updates above, we have some significant quality of life changes coming to the Versus experience, including some competitive changes.
  • We’re removing the ability to see the PC Icon in Public lobbies across Gears 5. The icon will remain in place for Custom matches to help maintain esports integrity.
  • We’ve added an option to add a delay to the expression wheel appearing. , tThis can be toggled from instantly to 5 seconds which should help prevent accidental openings of the wheel while in combat.
  • You can now toggle off the option to “Yank” a player over cover, sometimes a player will accidentally try to yank while trying to revive a DBNO player against cover which will help prevent this issue from occurring.
  • We have updated the Scoreboard to provide more meaningful stats across the board for viewers and players.
    • Execution/Warzone: Kill/Death/Assist, Damage Done, First Bloods, Revives.
    • KOTH/Control: Kill/Death/Assist, Damage Done, OBJ Kills (any player you kill inside the objective.), Caps/Breaks.
    • TDM/Dodgeball: Kill/Death/Assist, Damage Done, Kill Streak (this is your current kill streak but will reset at the end of each round or if you die.), Revives.
    • Guardian: Kill/Death/Assist, Damage Done, Leader Kills, Revives.
    • Escalation: Kill/Death/Assist, Damage Done, Kill Streak, Caps/Breaks.
    • Gridiron/Capture the Flag: Kill/Death/Assist, Damage Done, Touchdowns, Denials.
  • We’ve made the following changes to competitive mode scoring:
    • Players who are playing solo will now get a 25% boost to their score at the end of a competitive match (up from 15%)
    • Players will now receive 5,000 points for a victory in all team-based competitive modes.
  • We’ve added the Relic Weapons into the Swap All and Custom Match weapon swaps list.
Cog soldiers unleashing their weapons on a Brumak

Throughout Gears 5 we have run multiple events across the game for Horde such as Nexus Siege, Escape from Kadar, and more.

We’re happy to announce that at the start of Operation 8 we’ll be adding all these event modes to Custom Games!

This will mean you can experience the Locust returning with Nexus Siege on a map such as Ephyra or mix it up with the Wakaatu on Ritual!

All the events you can now select from are listed below:

  • Boss Rush – Survive 10 waves against bosses only.
  • Escape from Kadar – Survive 10 waves against Niles’ creations.
  • Horde Mania – Survive 25 waves with a short build period.
  • Horde Roulette – Survive 10 waves of random enemy combinations.
  • Jingle Juvies – Survive 20 waves of joyous Jingle Juvies.
  • Mad Man’s Monsters – Survive 20 waves against the Mad Man’s Monsters.
  • Nexus Siege – Survive 10 waves of Locust with no Fabricator.
  • Predator Hunt – Survive 10 waves and battle the Wakaatu with no Fabricator.

Finally, we’ve also addressed the issues that stopped us from adding Turbine and Atrium to Horde custom games, you can expect to see these in at the start of Operation 8.

Some of the new Tour of Duty rewards available in Operation 8, including Trinity Vrol, Islander Tai, and C Company Bernie

With a new Operation comes an all-new Tour of Duty with exclusive content to gather. See the full list below!

NameDescriptionModeStars
Team Medic Revive 150 Teammates All 
 Carnage Do 10000000 Damage All 
Body Count Get 10000 Eliminations All 
Finish Them Kill 4000 Enemies All 
Marksman Hit 500 Headshots kills All 
Executioner Perform 150 Executions All 
Operation 8 Tour of Duty Basic Rewards
NameDescriptionModeStars
Lancer Carnage Deal 250000 Damage with the Lancer All 
Gnasher Body Count Get 250 Eliminations with the Gnasher All 
Pistol Carnage Deal 150000 Damage with the Snub, Boltok, or Talon All 
Big Boom Body Count Get 100 Eliminations with the Boomshot, Dropshot, or Frag Grenades All 
Blazing Carnage Deal 100000 Damage with the Scorcher or Incendiary Grenades All 
Marksman Body Count Get 100 Eliminations with the Longshot, EMBAR, or Torque Bow All 
Operation 8 Tour of Duty Weapon Rewards
NameDescriptionModeStars
BattlewornComplete 200 Rounds of Versus, Waves of Horde, or Acts of EscapeAll 
Drop EmGet 100 DownsAll 
Splish SplashDo 50000 Damage with Incendiary and/or Shock GrenadesAll 
Active LivingGet 150 Active Reload KillsAll 
Double DipperGet 20 Double Kills in Versus MatchesVersus 
Do Your PartGet 100 Assists in Versus MatchesVersus 
Sending a MessageGet 25 Executions in Versus MatchesVersus 
Operation 8 Tour of Duty Specialist Rewards
NameDescriptionModeStars
KilljoyGet 5 Ring-Breaks in a single Versus MatchVersus4
Busy BeeGet 3 Triple Kills in Competitive Versus MatchesVersus5
Show OffGet 5 Executions in a single Versus Match 3 timesVersus5
GoonGet 5 or more Kills without dying in a single Versus MatchVersus5
TryhardScore 5000 Points or more in 25 Competitive Versus MatchesVersus6
Eager BeaverGet the First kill 10 times in Versus MatchesVersus6
BullySurvive 25 Waves of Horde and/or Acts of Escape on Inconceivable Difficulty or HigherPVE6
Operation 8 Tour of Duty Master Rewards
NameDescriptionModeStars
Escape Attempts Survive 50 Acts of Escape Escape 
Escape Carnage Do 3000000 Damage in Escape Escape 
Escape Body Count Get 1000 Eliminations in Escape Escape 
Boss Hunter Get 30 Boss Eliminations in Escape Escape 
Hivebusters Survive 10 Acts of Escape as Lahni, Keegan, or Mac Escape 
Scion Hunter Get 50 Scion Eliminations in Escape Escape 
Escape Master Escape 10 Hives on Master Difficulty in this Operation Escape 
Operation 8 Tour of Duty Escape Rewards
NameDescriptionModeStars
Wave Survivor Survive 150 Waves of Horde Horde 
Horde Carnage Do 6000000 Damage in Horde Horde 
Horde Body Count Get 3000 Eliminations in Horde Horde 
Boss Hunter Get 30 Boss Eliminations in Horde Horde 
Power Horder Collect 1000000 Energy in Horde Horde 
Locust Hunter Get 200 Locust Eliminations in Horde Horde 
Horde Master Survive 50 Waves of Horde or Frenzy on Master Difficulty Horde 
Operation 8 Tour of Duty Horde Rewards
NameDescriptionModeStars
Quickplay Veteran Win 10 Classic Quickplay matches Versus 
Versus Carnage Do 1500000 Damage in Versus matches Versus 
Season Slaughter Get 5000 Eliminations in Versus Versus 
Versus Medic Revive 50 Teammates in Versus Matches Versus 
COG Victories Win 25 Versus Matches as COG Versus 
Swarm Victories Win 25 Versus Matches as Swarm Versus 
Ring Master Capture 100 Rings in Versus Versus 
Operation 8 Tour of Duty Versus Rewards
NameDescriptionModeStars
Competitive Veteran Win 20 Competitive Versus Matches Versus 
Competitive Slayer Get 200 Eliminations in Competitive Matches Versus 
2v2 Gnasher Veteran Win 15 Rounds of Versus Competitive 2v2 Gnasher Matches Versus 
Free-For-All Veteran Get 100 Eliminations in Competitive Free-For-All Matches Versus 
Control Veteran Win 15 Rounds in Competitive Control Matches Versus 
Guardian Veteran Win 20 Rounds of Competitive Guardian Matches Versus 
Execution Veteran Win 5 Matches of Competitive Execution 2.0 Versus 
Operation 8 Tour of Duty Versus Rewards
NameDescriptionModeStars
Event Veteran Complete 1000 Rounds of Versus Weekly Events Versus 
Event Eliminator Get 250 Eliminations across any Versus Weekly Events Versus 
Event Executioner Get 10 Executions across any Versus Weekly Events Versus 
Event Marksman Get 30 Headshots across any Versus Weekly Events Versus 
Event Winner Win 50 Rounds of Versus Weekly Events Versus 
Event Champion Win 10 Matches across any Versus Weekly Events Versus 
Operation 8 Tour of Duty Versus Events Rewards

All the stars earned from the dailies and medals will go towards earning the following rewards in the Tour:

NameRewards TypeReward Name
Recruit I Coins 2000 
Recruit II Weapon Skin Ghillie Camo Loadout Set 
Recruit III Coins 750 
Recruit IV Weapon Skin Sandglass Precision Set 
Recruit V Character Skin Hivebuster Dizzy 
Private I Coins 1000 
Private II Coins 1000 
Private III Weapon Skin Ghillie Camo Power Set 
Private IV Coins 1000 
Private V Character Skin C Company Bernie 
Corporal I Coins 1000 
Corporal II Weapon Skin Ghillie Camo Assault Set 
Corporal III Coins 1000 
Corporal IV Iron 100 
Corporal V Weapon Skin Sandglass Power Set 
Sergeant I Coins 1250 
Sergeant II Iron 100 
Sergeant III Coins 1250 
Sergeant IV Weapon Skin Ghillie Camo Precision Set 
Sergeant V Character Skin Savage Scion 
Officer I Coins 1500 
Officer II Weapon Skin Sandglass Assault Set 
Officer III Coins 1500 
Officer IV Blood Spray Reaper Bloodspray 
Officer V Weapon Skin Sandglass Loadout Set 
Lieutenant I Coins 1750 
Lieutenant II Iron 100 
Lieutenant III Coins 1750 
Lieutenant IV Weapon Skin Predator Feathers Precision Set 
Lieutenant V Expression Mind Blown Expression 
Captain I Coins 2000 
Captain II Coins 2000 
Captain III Weapon Skin Predator Feathers Power Set 
Captain IV Coins 2000 
Captain V Mark Bird of Prey Mark 
Major I Coins 2250 
Major II Coins 2250 
Major III Iron 100 
Major IV Coins 2250 
Major V Character Skin Islander Tai 
Colonel I Coins 2500 
Colonel II Coins 2500 
Colonel III Weapon Skin Predator Feathers Assault Set 
Colonel IV Coins 2500 
Colonel V Expression Guitar Solo Expression 
Major General I Coins 2750 
Major General II Coins 3000 
Major General III Weapon Skin Predator Feathers Loadout Set 
Major General IV Coins 3500 
Major General V Iron 100 
General Character Skin Trinity Vrol 
All of the Re-Up level icons from 60 to 1

Operation 8 will also see us increasing the total number of re-ups in Gears 5, as we go from 50 to 60. Just like before each new re-up grants an exclusive reward that can only be attained from that re-up!

The list below contains the amount of XP per level required in the specific re-up

Re-Up 50 Re-Up 51 Re-Up 52 Re-Up 53 Re-Up 54 Re-Up 55 Re-Up 56 Re-Up 57 Re-Up 58 Re-Up 59 Re-Up 60 
6875 7175 7475 7775 8075 8375 8725 9075 9425 9775 10125 
  • Re-up 51: Space Race Precision Set
  • Re-up 52: King $#?@ Blood Spray
  • Re-up 53: Space Race Assault Set
  • Re-up 54: Crown Mark & Triumph Banner
  • Re-up 55: Heroic Karn
  • Re-up 56: Wipe Hands Expression
  • Re-up 57: Space Race Power Set
  • Re-up 58: Golden Crown Blood Spray
  • Re-up 59: Space Race Loadout Set
  • Re-up 60: Heroic Kait
An icon denoting the new Gears 5 Achievements added to the game for Operation 8

For Operation 8 we’re adding 17 new achievements across Gears 5, totaling an additional 500 Gamerscore. Details are below:

Achievement NameGamerscoreRequirement
Legendary Operator100Reach Legend 25 in an operation
A Real Gear50Reach Re-Up 50
Re-Up Mastery50Reach Re-Up 60
Seriously 5.0 Chapter 215050 Re-ups
Finish Campaign on Inconceivable
Master all 32 Escape Hives
Master all Horde maps in 50 wave and Frenzy modes
Get all PvE classes to level 20
In Total Control10Win a Control and/or KOTH match on 10 different maps
Event Planner5Win 10 matches in Versus Events
Back In Style15Win 10 matches of Execution
Grave Consequences5Win a Versus match on Tomb
Destroyed Beauty5Win a Versus match on Ephyra
Last Rites5Win a Versus match on Ritual
Bernie is Back10Win 5 Versus matches with Bernie
Trusted Advisor10Win 5 Versus matches with Vrol
Chamber of Horrors5Complete a match of Horde Frenzy on Atrium
Take Command5Complete a match of Horde Frenzy on Command
Breezing Through5Complete a match of Horde Frenzy on Turbine
Total Annihilation70Do 400,000,000 damage in Horde or Escape
Gen. Hoffman about to execute a fallen Locust Enemy

To celebrate Operation 8, we’re happy to announce that from Friday, August 6 to Monday, August 9 we’ll be running a triple XP boost event, this will also include Character XP!

This will go live at 10:00 AM PDT, so be sure to get your grind ready!

And that’s it for our Operation 8 reveal. Keep an eye out for next week’s This Week in Gears post which will contain the patch notes.

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