- Oct 27, 2017
The Gears of War Tech Test is fast approaching on July 19, 2019, and we’ve got all the details on when, where and how you can get involved!
WHAT IS THE GEARS 5 TECH TEST?
The Technical Test is a small in-development slice of our Versus offering in Gears 5 that will run across two focused test periods this July.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT IN THE GEARS 5 TECH TEST?
For Gears 5’s Technical Test, we’re bringing three distinct modes across two brand new multiplayer maps to play throughout both test periods:
Arcade: A new approachable, frenetic Versus experience.
Escalation: The pinnacle objective mode of Gears is back and better than ever.
King of the Hill: Capture the hill, enjoy the carnage.
In addition, you’ll also get to try out two new features of Gears 5:
Bootcamp: Practice your skills and learn new mechanics in our new training mode.
Tour Of Duty: Experience a mini Tour of Duty, where you’ll complete Medals to unlock exclusive Tester Weapon Skins to take into Gears 5. Complete all 3 Medals to unlock the exclusive Tester Banner to showcase in Gears 5.
We’ll reveal more about Gears 5 Versus next week followed by a weekend of electric Gears 5 Escalation action and more from the ELEAGUE Invitational tournament (July 13th – 14th).
WHEN WILL THE GEARS 5 TECH TEST BE AVAILABLE?
Beginning July 17th at 10am PDT, the Tech Test will be available to pre-download for eligible players. The Tech Test will be approximately 15GB.
The first Technical Test period will run from July 19th at 10am PDT until July 21st at 10am PDT.
The second Technical Test period will run from July 26th at 10am PDT until July 29th at 10am PDT.
During Test periods, our goal is to test our servers handling an influx of players ahead of launch day. Gears 5 has an access queue system in place to protect server stability as much as possible – please be aware you may encounter some queueing as you start to play.
Between test periods, the Tech Test will remain available for download but servers will be offline.
HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE IN THE GEARS 5 TECH TEST?
For Xbox Game Pass Ultimate or Xbox Game Pass subscribers, access is included in your membership.
Beginning on July 17th at 10am PDT, you will be able to pre-download the Tech Test from the Game Pass Library as you would with any other game on Game Pass.
You can also access the Technical Test by pre-ordering digitally via the Xbox Store, or by redeeming a code provided when pre-ordering a physical copy at participating retailers. See below for a list of participating retailers.
As the Technical Test is online multiplayer, an Xbox Live Gold or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership will be required to play.
Windows 10 PC
For Xbox Game Pass Ultimate or Xbox Game Pass for PC subscribers, access is included in your membership.
You can also access the Technical Test by pre-ordering digitally via the Windows Store. Starting July 17th at 10am PDT, you can search for ‘Gears 5’ in the Windows Store to download the Tech Test ready for the weekend.
For players on Windows 10 PC, check out the chart below for minimum and recommended Gears 5 Tech Test specs:
WHY A TECHNICAL TEST?
This Technical Test allows us to stress test our servers over two focused Test Periods to ensure the best possible experience when large volumes of players rush in at launch.
For our PC fans, it gives us a critical opportunity to get the game onto PCs with unique combinations of hardware and software at scale. If any unforeseen issues arise, it gives us the opportunity ahead of launch to identify and address any issues ahead of release.
And of course, getting the Tech Test into your hands means we can gather your valuable feedback on each of the three modes to inform our development as we march towards launch day and beyond.
Thank you for your support and excitement for the Gears 5 Tech Test. We can’t wait to join you out there to play some Gears 5 Versus!