Gears 5, from Xbox Game Studios and The Coalition, is getting a new expansion this coming week with the Gears 5: Hivebusters expansion pack. This comes on the heels of the recent relaunch of Gears 5 with a major Xbox Series X|S update which optimized the performance of the title on the next-gen consoles. Following the Series X|S update was a multiplayer update, Operation 5: Hollow Storm. Now, Hivebusters brings a new 3-hour long campaign set along with a number of other features. The expansion will be available starting Tuesday, Dec 15th.
Introduced with the new Gears 5: Hivebusters expansion is a number of other additions and enhancements. First, players will be able to play as the characters Lahni, Keegan, and Mac – which are characters who were introduced in the Gears 5 Escape mode. The heroes are part of a squad conducting the a mission that is part of the “Hivebuster” Program. This new squad, named “Scorpio Squad” sets out to destroy a Swarm hive.
The Hivebusters expansion will also support 3-player co-op in both local split-screen and online co-op and supports all the same Xbox Series X|S enhancements that were brought to the core Gears 5 game earlier this fall, and so will support full 4K HDR Ultra visuals (on the Series X).
A more detailed list of the main features of Hivebusters was listed by Microsoft to include:
- Enjoy a new, 3-hour campaign set on the volcanic Galangi islands. The island lava flows and sandy beaches are crawling with Swarm and a deadly new predator.
- Use and upgrade Ultimate Abilities in a campaign story setting for the first time.
- Up to 3-player co-op, split-screen or online.
- 16 new achievements to unlock for 210 Gamerscore
- The expansion supports Gears 5 Xbox Series X|S optimizations, including reduced load times, quick resume, variable refresh rates and 4K HDR Ultra visuals on Series X.
In addition to this latest expansion, Microsoft is releasing a Gears 5: Game of the Year Edition, which will package all the previous updates, up-to and including Hivebusters, and also includes a Halo: Reach character pack and 30 days of boost. The Game of the Year Edition will be only available via the Microsoft digital store.
Gears 5: Hivebusters will be available through the Xbox Digital Store and the Steam Store for $19.99, and is an included download if you are a Game Pass Ultimate member with no extra purchase- all you need do is update the game on December 15th and the expansion will install with the update. Gears 5: Hivebusters will be available and supported on box the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S consoles, and will also be supported for play via the Xbox Cloud Gaming (beta) service.
The Gears 5: Game of the Year Edition will be available for purchase and download through the Microsoft digital store, as mentioned, for $59.99. The Game of the Year Edition will be included on its release next week with Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass Ultimate service for no extra charge and include all of the same features as the paid version.