Patch notes for the upcoming Operation 6 of Gears 5 have been released. This update by developer The Coalition looks to be changing up a variety modes, characters, and maps for Gears 5.
As one of Microsoft's major exclusive titles, Gears 5 is the latest in a long-running series. The third-person shooter takes players into a violent and gritty world, where the protagonist Kait Diaz looks to discover the origins of the Locust. Despite its focus on narrative, the title also has multiplayer modes like cooperative PvE as well as a PvP option. Operation 6 brings in the newest season of the game and adds a bunch of extra content.
When looking at the list of changes for modes, players can expect both PvP and PvE content. Players that were spawning incorrectly in Escalation or with no weapon in Gnashers Only should not have those problems anymore. Plus, playlists that were meant to be 4v4 were filling as 5v5 when bot backfilling is enabled, so The Coalition has resolved that problem. In PvE, various modifiers have been edited for Horde/Escape. These include reducing damage modifiers for snipers and shotguns, while also changing up daily rewards.
The patch notes also include a host of fixes for characters, maps, and other bugs. It looks like mostly minor updates, such as improving gun clipping and voice lines. Some of the best maps see the fewest patches, with Foundation and Nexus receiving detail improvements along with removing clipping. The Coalition plans to fix up Gears 5 so there will no longer be crashes across the game, and those with outdated graphics drivers will now get a message encouraging them to upgrade.
Along with the content coming in Operation 6, it seems like The Coalition is aiming to smooth out the experience too. Most of these updates in the patch notes appear to improve problems that were occurring. There are few things more frustrating than incorrect spawns during a PvP match, as it can be detrimental to success. With additional balance changes coming for PvE, players enjoying the next-generation updates for Gears 5 should have a better time all around.
That said, the title has been out for a couple of years, with its original release happening in 2019. Fans of the Gears series may be wondering why The Coalition is still focusing on this installment rather than looking ahead. First-party exclusives on Xbox Series X and S are slim right now, and having to play an old game is going to only support the console so far. However, hardcore fans of Gears 5 will likely be ready to dive into Operation 6 and check out the updates.
With Xbox Series X and Series S consoles launching today, Xbox fans are likely excited to see what first party titles will become available over the coming year. With Halo Infinite delayed for an unknown period of time, players will likely turn to the Gears of War franchise as the next most likely series to make an appearance on the new platforms. And with the end of Gears 5 leaving players on a cliffhanger, Gears 6 seems like it has quite a bit of ground to cover when it comes to concluding the trilogy.