I posted a couple of thread here and there since the release of the game, did some analysis and a few things in versus and had talk about things that could be done, etc …
I tried to love the game, it wasn’t that bad, i somewhat enjoyed playing the game despite how hard it was to find games, and despite playing mostly against begginers (not that interesting for someone competing in Gears 4 Pro Circuit and a lot of Gears Lans since Gow 1), but still it was ok.
I expected that with the rank reset and the matchmaking update, more people would play again, some people would come back. But it wasn’t true, it was already very boring and hard for me to constantly play against unexperienced players before the update, but lately (after the matchmaking update), i couldn’t find any games in Escalation or Execution … I can’t justify playing this game against bots after 13 years of only playing in ranked or in custom against the other top players of the region. I never touched horde, campaign or escape in this game and don’t plan to, but if i can’t find games anymore i guess i can now “officialy” call the game dead and stop playing.
It’s sad since some of my friends that are playing Starcraft or such kind of game aggree with me that when a new game of our beloved franchise is released we basically don’t care about the changes of the game, of new maps, new weapons, new anything, the only thing we want is other people to play the same game as us, and that the game lives, now Gears 5 seems in worse shape that Gears 4 in early 2019, there is basically no point to play versus in Gears 5. I don’t plan to go back to Gears 4 either, i guess i will just play all those games i ddin’t purchased last months now that it’s raining and snowing most days for months.
(also most of us can aggree that the changes of gameplay are mostly on the “worse” side of the spectrum too so …)
Edit : And hear me out, i really tried to like the game, most of the people i have on my friend list are or where gears players, and most people i know on xbox, i knew them through gears, for me stopping to play gears, will just mean that i abandon the xbox again, and just “lose” contact to all those people. (Not that it was mostly and partially already done since most of them stopped playing the game already, a lot of not so old gears pros, and most people playing mostly ranked, basically only the ones aiming fro the Gears 5 pro circuit are left and even among those most of them don’t play the game that much compared to older gearsn where we could see eachother all day at any hour of the day on gears.
It’s sad to say but,
TLDR : Game is dead, can’t find games in Escalation / Execution in peak hours, can’t justify playing quick games with bots.