Gears 5 Gets a Big Update With Operation 2: Free for All Starting Today

By Sean Carey,
Operation 2

Operation 2: Free for All in Gears 5 goes live today along with a new update that makes a bunch of improvements and fixes in what The Coalition is describing as its "biggest update yet." The Gears 5 team has also given us a sneak peek at some of the items you can earn in Operation 2.

The list of patch notes is pretty extensive, but we've highlighted a few of the main points. Adjustments have been made to strafing by increasing the acceleration and reducing the delay from a roadie run to shooting. An issue has been fixed that caused DBNO players who were revived to be revived with less than full health. Players can also no longer use the Breaker Mace to kill players in elevated low covers with the heavy attack. The full list of patch notes is below:

Title Update 3 Patch Notes

  • Added weapon Bloodsprays to your victims’ death screens in versus
  • Movement adjustments to improve strafing including increased acceleration and a minor reduction in the delay from roadie run to shoot
  • Updated visuals on the spectator HUD used in private versus matches – now includes a mini-map with numbered player icons
  • Added “Reduced Buffering” option for PC players that can reduce input lag when frame-rate is consistently much higher than your monitor’s refresh rate
  • Fixed an issue that could cause only a single map to be featured in the front end
  • Fixed HUD locators being clamped to corners of the screen when they should have been positioned along the bottom
  • Users are no longer able to use a Breaker Mace to kill players in elevated low covers with the Heavy attack
  • Fixed an issue where sometimes players searched for cover on the other side of cover they are facing
  • Fixed an issue that could cause players to roll directly into covers when performing an ADS “Back-A”
  • Fixed an issue that could cause players to hitch after performing a cover slip+roadie run at certain angles
  • Fixed an issue where aim adhesion tracked enemies through low cover
  • Melee’ing with a grenade no longer causes the character to ignore player collision on friendlies
  • Fixed an issue that could cause all fortifications and weapons to be displayed when Emile joins in progress
  • Fixed an issue where weapon skins occasionally didn’t display on certain maps in Versus and Horde
  • Fixed an issue in Escape where sometimes split-screen Co-Op players experienced disabled melee and shooting until weapon swap when conducting an active reload with the Overkill
  • Fixed an issue in Horde where players can restart after wiping in Survivor
  • Fixed an issue where store updating forces the player to reboot the title to see new items
  • Fixed an issue in Escape where the Shock Grenadier mutator also damages nearby Swarm
  • Fixed an issue in Escape when a player joining in progress into the safe room could cause the next chapter to load indefinitely
  • Fixed an issue where DBNO players get revived with less than full health
  • Fixed an issue so that there is now blood splatter on the camera during pistol executions
  • Fixed an issue in Escape where the Poison Juvies mutator could continue to cause damage after poison puddle disappears
  • Execution previews now play
  • Fixed the issue where sometimes banners didn’t appear on the MVP screen if the MVP is on the losing team
  • Fixed an issue in Escape where some players’ Ultimates did not display as full-on TAC-COM
  • Fixed an issue where some players using the combination of a Controller and a Mouse get incorrect adhesion/friction
  • Fixed the issue where Mouse and Keyboard in the Arcade Deathmatch weapon purchase menu the input to repeated continuously
  • Fixed an issue in Escape where the players “best time” sometimes displayed as “—” even though the user is placed on that Hive
  • Fixed an issue in PC where players attempting to install the Ultra-HD Texture pack sometimes got stuck at 70%
  • Fixed an issue in Horde where Jackbot is occasionally unable to interact with the button that turns the forge on
  • Fixed an issue in Horde where joining in progress occasionally enabled the user to see items that are not allowed to be purchased by that character
  • Fahz Horde buff: Exploit Weakness – removed the constraint that it has to happen during the ultimate. Previously you would get extra damage to weak spots during the ultimate only, now with this card equipped you get it all the time
  • Additional miscellaneous bug fixes
A game update will be available to download at 10AM PT/ 1PM ET /6PM GMT, but all new content including modes, maps and characters won't be activbe until around 1PM ET / 4PM ET / 9PM GMT.

Operation 2 will feature over 200 pieces of exclusive earnable content. The Coalition has released a few images of what can be earned in Operation: Free for All, including the Blood Red Speaker, Deadeye and Gilded Baird.

Operation 2 Free for All Rewards

Operation 2 Free for All Rewards

Operation 2 Free for All Rewards

Players will also receive division rewards based on the maximum rank they met during the previous Operation. The Coalition has said that it could take up to two weeks from the end of the season for rewards to be dished out. It also looks like the Grind Season achievement which required you to win a Ranked match in each week of a Ranked Season has been unlocking. So if you've met the requirements fire up Gears 5, and it should pop.

Gears 5Grind SeasonThe Grind Season achievement in Gears 5 worth 239 pointsWin a Ranked match in each week of a Ranked Season

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Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Hey everyone! I'm Sean. I have been writing gaming content for various outlets over the past few years while studying a degree in Journalism. I grew up on everything PlayStation — mainly Metal Gear Solid, with a brief foray into the world of Xbox. Nowadays, you'll find me mainly playing multiplayer PC games, but with the recent addition of the Xbox Game Pass for PC, I'm looking forward to improving my TA Score.