With publishers like EA and Epic Games currently feeling the punishment of loot box greed, many developers have abandoned the controversial mechanic. The latest game to abandon the pay-to-win mechanic is Gears 5, the next big exclusive from Xbox Game Studios’ The Coalition.
Announced through a blog post on the Gears 5 website, the AAA title is looking to abandon additional purchases for the majority of DLC content.
According to the post, The Coalition is planning to “create a player-first experience when it comes to in-game content”. That means the following:
- No Season Pass
- No Gear Packs
- DLC Maps are free for matchmaking and Private Play
- Exclusive earnable content in the all-new Tour of Duty system
- All store purchases are direct, no RNG
The last entry in that list does suggest that there will be cosmetic microtransactions for multiplayer purposes, a small price to pay for free additional maps. If Gears 5 is supported for anywhere near as long as Gears 4, it’ll be more than worth it.
Gears 5 launches this September for PC and Xbox One. The game will launch on Xbox Game Pass.