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What's Up – February 20th 2020

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Welcome to the new What’s Up, our weekly blog where we’ll recap everything that’s happened in the past week and talk a little about future developments. In What’s Up this week:

  • Operation 3 Launch Date
  • Core Mechanics Roadmap
  • New Gnasher Tuning Change
  • Gnashers Only KOTH
  • New Hive: The Warren

Operation 3 Launch Date

We know you’re eagerly awaiting news on the launch date and contents of Operation 3, and as of today, we’ve reached a point where we can share an update with you on what to expect over the coming month.

The launch date for Operation 3 is scheduled for March 31, 2020. We’ve extended our standard Operation length to give us some extra time to deliver important hotfixes and server-side updates to help improve the overall Gears 5 experience.

We’ve already deployed a significant improvement to Ranked (more still to be done) and our first hotfix on Tuesday. Between now and Operation 3, we’ve got even more hotfix Title Updates and server-side changes coming.

We understand that waiting a bit longer for Operation 3 may be disappointing news but the team at The Coalition is fully committed to delivering the Gears experience you want and deserve. Thank you for your passion and loyalty, through ups and downs, over the past six months.

Core Mechanics Roadmap

Since Operation 3, we’ve been reshaping the Core Mechanics of Gears 5 towards an end-goal of cranking up the fun factor of Versus multiplayer that’s both more responsive and deeper than what we had at the launch of the game.

This is a ride we’re all on together, so we’ve written up a comprehensive Core Mechanics Roadmap to provide a clear view on the road behind us and the road that lies ahead. Check out the Roadmap here.

Additional Gnasher Tuning

Last week, we made new changes to the Gnasher to bring more time, depth and strategy to close range fights, and act as an effective counter to Gnasher players that thoughtlessly charge an opponent.

As of today, we’ve made another series of tuning updates that we believe will improve how the Gnasher feels and performs – adding more point-blank damage, increasing poke-damage potential and upping the amount ammo at spawn.

You can find the full details in our Core Mechanics Roadmap here.

THIS WEEK IN GEARS 5

In case you missed it, This Week in Gears 5 tee-d up the next 7 days with a look ahead at everything going on in the world of Gears 5. This week included:

  • Gnashers Only KOTH
  • New Hive: The Warren
  • New Versus Event Medal
  • Operation 1 Bundle

For full information on all these events and updates, you can read the full article here.

SIGNING OFF

That’s all from us this week. We’ll have updates on our next hotfixes coming up soon, so stay tuned for more info on what we’re targeting next.

If you want to ask us about any of today’s news, drop by our Gears Developer Stream today at 3pm PT on live.gearsofwar.com – we’ll be there to answer your questions and talk about your thoughts.

See you there,

TC