The new Operation will feature an improved Tour of Duty, the game’s free battle pass system, with more varied objectives, more Versus medals, permanent double stars for boosted players, and over 200 cosmetic items to earn.
New playable multiplayer characters will be coming with Operation 2: Free For All that can be earned in-game or bought with real money, including franchise favorite Damon Baird and new character Lizzie Carmine.
Baird is an engineer class character in Horde that can summon a DR-1 as his ultimate ability, while Lizzie is a tank that can summon and ride a Silverback vehicle.
Other playable multiplayer villain characters coming to Gears 5 Operation 2 include Locust sniper Jermad and the Locust Drone. Kantus will be coming to the game in early 2020.
Older characters will also be available in more modes with the update. Mac, Keegan and Lahni will be available in Horde, while Marcus can be played in the Escape mode.
Several maps will be added to the game for Versus with the new Allfathers Arena and re-imagined Gears of War 4 map Lift. The 14-player Free For All mode and 2v2 Gnashers mode coming with Operation 2 will feature its own maps.
Free For All will have Pit, Core, and Nethercutt, while 2v2 Gnashers will have Boxes and Foundation Mid. Operation 2: Free For All will be live on Dec. 11 as a free update.