During the Inside Xbox episode hailing from Gamescom 2019 in Germany, the Horde Mode for Gears 5 was officially revealed, showcasing some of the new features that’ll be coming to the latest iteration of the mode. Check out the trailer below.
The big new feature coming to Gears 5’s Horde Mode is Ultimates, as each character has their own unique abilities that can turn the tide of the battle. JD has an airstrike ability, Kait can go invisible and murder the Swarm while newcomer Fahz can see and shoot enemies through walls. The always helpful drone Jackbot is also a playable character this time around, offering support to all other players and “hijacking” enemies with his ultimate.
The Coalition have also spoken about how they’ve introduced taps, or energy geysers, which will spawn and change every 10 waves. These geysers offer power that can be used to create fortifications, so it encourages players to move around the map to capture these taps instead of hunkering down in one location for 50 waves. Classes will also be returning, with roles like Engineer already confirmed, and new characters and maps will be added after launch.
For that added bonus, those who purchase the Ultimate Edition of Gears 5, or those who subscribe to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, will unlock a Halo: Reach pack in Gears 5, which introduces Emil and Kat as playable characters across all multiplayer modes. Are you excited for Gears 5? Sound off in the comments, and stay tuned for Opening Night Live at Gamescom for a new Campaign trailer.