Gears 5, the beta starts tomorrow, here's how to play it

Gears 5 Tech Test Start date time

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"Multiplayer fans of all types can enjoy these weekend test sessions, as you'll get to play Escalation (our updated competitive gametype) along with Arcade (a new and approachable multiplayer gametype) and a longtime fan favorite: King of the Hill" writes Xbox on its news wire. This second phase will begin on July 26 and run until July 29. The first one starts on July 19 at 10 AM PT and concludes on 22 July. Fulfilling that promise, Gears 5 Versus Multiplayer Tech Test is available to download now. A limited version of the game - meant to flex the game's multiplayer servers a bit - is now available to download for Xbox Game Pass subscribers and pre-order customers on both PC and Xbox One.

Gears 5 Arcade mode has been recently shown off by developer The Coalition.

Before players even get to experience the new recoil system, they'll have to play through the new Bootcamp Tutorial.

Yes, if you're eligible to take part in the technical test (more on that below), you can preload the beta as of the time of this writing. Microsoft notes that for the PC version you will need Windows 10 version 1903, as per the Xbox Game Pass for PC requirement. Alternatively, Xbox live gold will be required for those who pre-orders Gears 5 whether on a disc or digitally and will be able to access the test over the weekends.

Gears of War has had multiplayer for a long time, and it's been its own highly specific thing-mostly involving cover-to-cover shotgun battles. This new series consists of more challenges and with rewards that involve tech banners and more. "We hope to make Gears 5 a great online experience for all players and Xbox Game Pass members on launch, and this Tech Test will help", The Coalition said. There are a few other crucial differences to the Arcade mode, including increased headshot damage and a cooldown to sliding between cover, so to see the full list of changes, visit the Gears 5 website.

"Players can also unlock three Versus Weapon Skins by completing some additional challenges".

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