Gears of War 5 drops season passes and loot boxes

The Coalition, developer of Gears of War, has announced that they are intending to ditch loot boxes and season passes within the game. According to a post on the Gears5 website, DLC maps will be free for matchmaking and private play sessions. Players can also earn content through the new Tour of Duty system, with no random acts of god involved in getting what you desire.

Tour of Duty is a seasonal progression system that involves Daily Challenges and Medals. These let you rank up and earn customisation content, such as character skins.
"The path to each piece of content earnable is clear - you will know what you need to do to earn each specific customisation item," reads the post. The post goes on to mention and clarify that there is no premium, pay-only content for Tour of Duty.

That doesn't mean that if you want to open your wallet to the game that you're out of luck though, what you can buy with in-real life money is customisation content, with the games very own premium currency, Iron. You earn Iron through each Tour of Duty to spend in the in-game store.

"We are committed to ensuring we preserve a fair competitive environment across our modes, so there will be no items in the store that provide a competitive advantage for real-money purchasers, i.e. no pay to win."

In addition, you can also spend your hard earned money on something called Boost, which will provide "accelerated progression for a period of real-world time". IE, you'll get double XP for a period of something like a day/week or month. Boost will give you double multiplayer XP, double character XP for Escape and Horde modes, and double speed Supply Drop progression.

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Martin Berisford
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