Gears of War community takes aim at ‘disastrous’ premium content costs - Dexerto
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Gears of War community takes aim at ‘disastrous’ premium content costs

Published: 13/Nov/2019 5:31

by Brad Norton


The Coalition’s latest entry into the Gears of War franchise is being torn apart by dedicated fans that are enraged over the current costs of downloadable content. 

Since its release in September of 2019, Gears 5 proved to be the most successful launch for Microsoft throughout the current console generation.

Despite being heavily criticized by popular content creators, the Gears of War community rallied around the latest release. Following an initially positive reception however, it appears as though the developers have gone overboard with extraordinarily expensive post-launch content.

Being labeled as “worse than a Free To Play game,” Reddit user ‘TurianGhost’ broke down the costs of each and every downloadable item in the game and tallied the egregious costs. 

The Coalition - Gears of War 4Gears of War 4 also featured a great deal of expensive cosmetic items.

Cosmetic items in Gears 5 are unlocked through a premium currency known as Iron. There are only two ways to acquire this currency in-game. Completing three daily challenges will net you a small amount of Iron or a cosmetic item outright if luck is on your side.

The only other way to accrue Iron in Gears 5 is to purchase it. Bundles range from $4.99 for 500 Iron to $99.99 for 12,500 Iron. For reference, a number of premium items in the game exceed the 1000 Iron mark.

In total, after 10-weeks of vanity items being added to the game, it now costs $750 to complete the collection and keep up to date with all the latest. That’s just under a thousand dollars of skins and visual alterations for Triple-A game, developed by a large-scale studio, that released at a full price of $60.

The Coalition - Gears 5A look at the micro-transactions in Gears 5

As Reddit user ‘YouAreSalty‘ expressed, “calling it $750 ‘worth’ of content seems so wrong,” due to the fact that all post-launch content thus far has been purely cosmetic.

Fortunately, it was revealed post-launch that all additional modes and maps would be implemented at no extra costs. Despite this however, with the constant influx of new cosmetics, it seems as though the community is growing tired of having to wait for substantial content to be introduced.

With how frustrated the Gears of War community appears to be just weeks after launch, perhaps Dr Disrespect’s initial argument was indeed on point.


WWE’s The New Day tear up Survivor Series with custom Gears of War armor

Published: 23/Nov/2020 2:58 Updated: 23/Nov/2020 3:36

by Brad Norton


Continuing their trend of exceptional video game-inspired ring attire, WWE’s The New Day came to this year’s Survivor Series ready for battle, bringing their custom Gears of War skins to life.

While Batista may have been the first WWE superstar to join Gears 5, the longest reigning tag champs in history just dropped in as well. Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods, and Big E are all available in Microsoft’s third-person shooter with their own custom skins, emotes, and voice lines.

To celebrate their vibrant in-game items, the trio entered this year’s Survivor Series with a unique look. Rather than walking to the ring with their usual attire, things were turned up a notch. The New Day entered the building with a real version of their Gears skins.

Everything from the blue, pink, and yellow body armor to the limited Booty-O cereal box, it was all custom made for this one-off appearance.

It’s no secret that members of The New Day are massive gamers. Xavier Woods runs one of the biggest gaming-focused YouTube channels in UpUpDownDown, and the crew even appeared at Wrestlemania 33 in Final Fantasy ring gear.

The Gears 5 collaboration is just the latest in their video game crossovers. This one couldn’t have had a bigger spotlight. Survivor Series is one of the biggest Pay-Per-View events of the year. With a champion vs champion tag match set between them and The Street Profits, there was no better time to show off the Gears 5 attire.

Big E walked down the ramp with both belts by his side, while Kofi held the custom cereal box. Xavier Woods had something a little more over the top in his hands, however. He came with a buffed version of Francesca the Trombone, custom-designed to match the look of a Gears Lancer.

With a chainsaw at one end and the base of the gun on the other, the trombone still worked as he made his way to the ring. 

The suits of armor were enormous, mirroring their in-game counterparts in terms of both style and size. Obviously, the chest plates came off when it was time to do business. Regardless of the result, there’s no denying The New Day had the standout look at Survivor Series.

Who knows what kind of gaming creations they’ll come up with next. Though you can always expect the tag champs to be pushing the industry further into the eyes of the wrestling community.