The fifth instalment of The Coalition's beloved shooter series has just launched for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which means plenty of us have jumped straight in to start tackling those 68 Gears 5 Achievements. Some of us have hit an immediate brick wall though, because even the game's Campaign requires online connectivity — and as is often the case with new launches, that connectivity isn't looking too stable.
At the time of writing there's no solid confirmation that the server issues have been fixed, though shortly after the above tweet The Coalition mentioned that a new server side update will allow "portions" of players back in — though some players halfway through a multiplayer match might get kicked out as a result.
While connection issues are often a problem at a game's launch, it's still stinging the community that Xbox Game Studios' first significant release is having so many issues, particularly because there has been so much hype about the game's multiplayer modes. Not only that, but many fans are annoyed that the Campaign is apparently inaccessible because it needs connectivity even if you are playing alone. We would predict that the amount of players jumping on the game via the super-cheap Xbox Game Pass Ultimate deal that has run in recent months might have taken The Coalition by surprise — but again, as a first party studio, it perhaps shouldn't have.
In slightly better news, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate players who were initially unable to access the extra content promised in the Gears 5 Ultimate Edition, should now be able to reach it with a full reboot of the game.
We will keep you updated when The Coalition make progress tackling these unfortunate bugs.
Check out our Best Xbox One Third-Person Shooters Available in 2019 article for a compilation of other great games in this genre.
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