Bautista’s back in Gears 5 baby and this time it is in the campaign as Marcus Fenix himself along with many other new features coming in November.
Like a lot of current generation titles, Gears 5 is the latest game to announce they it too will be bringing new things for fans to enjoy for the Xbox Series X, Series S, and PC.
— Gears of War (@GearsofWar) October 23, 2020
Starting on November 10, the launch date for new Xbox consoles, Gears 5 will be adding a New Game+ along with two new difficulties. Inconceivable is the new hardest difficulty for the campaign and on top of that, there is an Ironman difficulty where you play the game on inconceivable, but if you die you must restart the entire game. Skins that players have earned for Kait, Del, and JD previously will be useable in the campaign along with weapon skins. For those who play New Game+ all of the upgrades, Jack had from your previous save will carry over.
Arguably the weirdest yet coolest feature that is being brought in the next-gen update is the ability to turn Marcus Fenix into WWE Legend Bautista. The wrestler turned actor was a part of Gears 5 earlier in its life cycle in multiplayer and now The Coalition is adding him to the campaign as a skin. Bautista is known for wanting to play Marcus Fenix in a live-action Gears of War film and according to Principal Lead Producer Zoe Curnoe, this was to try and make that dream a reality the best way the development team could. Not only is he a skin, but there is also a complete voice over from Bautista in the role of Marcus Fenix. It is a little jarring to watch in the trailer, but still pretty cool to see The Coalition do.
Both the Xbox Series X and Series S will support 120 frames per second in multiplayer while cutscenes in the campaign have been upped to 60 FPS from the original 30. Lastly, and most excitingly, Gears 5 will be releasing a story DLC known as “Hivebusters” later this year in December. The DLC will seemingly feature the three members of Team Scorpio in Gears 5’s escape mode, but nothing has been confirmed as of yet.
For those who aren’t planning on upgrading to either new Xbox hardware don’t fret, all the new content will be available to Xbox One owners as well. The only perks that will be absent are the FPS increases in the campaign and multiplayer.