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- Gears 5 Release Date: September 10th, 2019
- Editions Available: Standard, Ultimate, Jack Drone
- Platforms: Xbox One, PC
- MSRP for Gears 5: Standard — $59.99 | Ultimate Edition — $79.99 | Jack Drone — $199.99
Gears 5 hits shelves on September 10th, and is set to carry on the franchise's time-honored tradition of letting you butcher monsters with a rifle-mounted chainsaw. However, this is the first numbered Gears game that doesn't star a member of the Fenix family; players will instead take control of Kait Diaz, who made her debut in Gears of War 4. The change is hopefully indicative of the developers' willingness to listen to fans, as JD Fenix's one-dimensional personality was among the most bemoaned issues with Gears 4.
Which Version of Gears 5 Should I Buy?
There's quite a bit of bonus Gears 5 content available depending on which of the three editions you buy and which retailer you pre-order from. Here's a quick breakdown of what you can expect from each skew:
- Standard Edition: A copy of the game, the Terminator: Dark Fate Character Pack (if you play by September 16th), and access to the Tech Test in July.
- Ultimate Edition: Everything that comes with the standard edition plus the Ultimate Edition Character Pack, four-day early access (September 6th), and 30 days of online experience boost.
- Jack Drone Edition: This GameStop exclusive comes with a fully functional drone that includes a built-in camera. You also get a drone controller, a custom display stand and various curated collectibles.
If you're not sure about the latest Gears game, check out the official trailer below:
Gears 5 Pre-Order Bonuses
Regardless of which version of Gears 5 you pre-order, you'll be entitled to the following perks:
- Terminator: Dark Fate Character Pack (featuring Terminator character skins for online play)
- Seven days of online EXP Boost
- Access to the Gears 5 Tech Test
Additionally, specific retailers are offering unique online weapons for pre-orders. To find out which guns come from which retailers, check out our breakdown below.
NOTE: Gamepass subscribers who pre-install Gears 5 will also get access to pre-order bonus content.
How to Get the Best Gears 5 Pre-Order Deals
There are already a couple solid pre-order discounts available for Gears 5, so we're breaking down the best deals on the web:
Xbox Game Pass — Starting at $4.99 a Month (Standard/Ultimate, Xbox One/PC)
If you subscribe to Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass, you'll get access to the Gears 5 standard edition the day it comes out for no additional charge. Game Pass is typically $9.99 a month for Xbox One or $4.99 a month for PC gamers. With the subscription, you gain access to a library of over 100 games.
You can enjoy the Ultimate Edition of Gears 5 if you subscribe to Game Pass Ultimate, which includes access to both the Xbox and PC versions of the service and Xbox Live Gold all for $14.99 a month.
Right now, new Gamepass Ultimate subscribers can get one month of the service for $1, or three months for $14.99. Since Gears 5 comes out in the next three months, this offer is definitely worth considering.
Amazon — Pre-order Price for Standard Edition: $49.94 ($10.05 off)
Amazon is offering the standard edition of Gears 5 for $49.94, or 17% off. They are also including some Amazon-exclusive pre-order bonuses, including seven days of online experience boost and the NCOG Marine Lancer weapon skin.
Walmart — Pre-order Price for Standard Edition: $49.94 ($10.05 off)
Walmart is matching Amazon's deal by selling Gears 5 for $49.94, a 17% discount. Pre-order bonuses include seven days of online experience boost and the exclusive Carmine Tattoo Lancer weapon skin.
Best Buy — Pre-order Price for Standard Edition: $59.99 (no discount)
While Best Buy isn't offering a blanket sale on Gears 5 like other retailers are, it's still possible to score some discounts and exclusive bonuses. My Best Buy members get a $10 Reward Certificate for placing a pre-order. The membership program is free to sign up for, though you won't be able to apply the certificate to your pre-order.
Additionally, pre-orders placed through Best Buy come with the COG Air Lancer weapon skin. As of now, there's no other way to unlock this skin, so if you're interested in it you may want to overlook Best Buy's lack of a pre-order discount.
GameStop — Pre-order Price for Standard Edition: $59.99 (no discount)
Like Best Buy, GameStop is not offering a pre-order discount for Gears 5. However, GameStop pre-orders do come with the exclusive Marcus Tattoo Lancer weapon skin.
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