Microsoft has announced that the Gear 5 tech test will begin later this month, July 17. Available to Game Pass subscribers (including PC) and those that pre-ordered Gears 5, players will have the opportunity to try three multiplayer modes as developer The Coalition stress-tests servers and seek “valuable feedback.”
An Xbox Wire blog post broke the news today of the upcoming weekend test sessions, stating:
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.
For players new to Gears or those that want to practice their skills and learn new mechanics we’ve added our new training mode – Bootcamp. The Tech Test also features a short Tour of Duty, which is a series of challenges for players to earn content – completing all of these challenges unlocks an exclusive Tech Test Banner.
Players can also unlock three Versus Weapon Skins by completing some additional challenges. For a closer look at Escalation, be sure to check out the ELEAGUE Invitational next weekend (July 13-14) and stay tuned for additional details about Arcade next week.”
Those interested can begin downloading the game from July 17. Online play will be active from July 19-21 (starting at 7am EDT), and a second test will be available July 26-29.
For those playing on PC, you can check out a handy sheet below that details outlines the minimum and recommended specs for the Tech Test:
Gears 5 made a splash late last month with a new trailer showcasing brutal co-op action.