Jul 27, 2021
Operation 8: Drop 1 – Reveal
The time has come to talk about Operation 8! This post will cover everything you can expect to see when the operation goes live on Tuesday, August 3rd.
Before you dive into the full post, check out the Operation 8 trailer!
Sergeant Bernadette “Bernie” Mataki is a legendary sharpshooter who fought for the COG in the Pendulum and Locust Wars. With a caustic sense of humor and an unerring sense of aim, Bernie is a relentless force on the battlefield.
A crusading zealot with a deep-seated hatred of humanity, Ketor Vrol is one of the first Locust and served Queen Myrrah alongside RAAM and Ukkon. Vrol is a high priest of the Locust Horde who leads his people in worshipping the Trinity of Worms, who created the sacred birthright of the Locust: the Hollows.
New Map Addition
The Weilehan people once gave tribute to the Wakaatu at these ancient ruins. Controlling both the catacombs and the altar is key to avoiding unexpected flanks.
In Operation 7, we introduced Competitive mode, bringing with it seven total playlists, each with exclusive Leaderboards.
We’re happy to announce that due to overwhelmingly positive feedback we’ll be adding Capture the Flag as our eighth and final competitive mode to Gears 5 for Operation 8 going forward. This mode will also have exclusive banners to unlock as well as a new leaderboard to climb!
Alongside competitive updates, we’ll be adding more exclusive competitive rewards, some prototype weapons, and more, let’s dive in!
PvP – Competitive Rewards
In Operation 7 we gave away the Heroic Obsidian weapon set, which was awarded in batches if you finished playlists in the top 1000. We are still going to be offering this reward with the same criteria, but we’ll be rotating through the weapon groups so that players can earn all the weapon skins without having to grind different playlists.
In addition to the above we’re still granting the same top 100/1 rewards as last season but with one change: The Grandmaster Gnasher will be swapped out for the Grandmaster Obsidian Gnasher.
For Season 9 of competitive, we’ll then swap the Obsidian Gnasher out for the Grandmaster Bloody Gnasher.
We are also adding new banners to earn for each of the competitive modes in Operation 8 so make sure to keep an eye out for that!
So just to recap, here’s how the competitive rewards will now work:
- 100k points – Playlist Mark – 100k
- 500k points – Playlist Mark – 500k
- 1 million points – Playlist Master Banner
- If you finish in the top 1,000 – Some weapons from Heroic Obsidian Gnasher set.
- If you finish in the top 100
- Playlist Grandmaster Banner
- Trinity Skorge
- Grandmaster Obsidian Gnasher
- Golden Heart Bloodspray
- If you finish the season as the top player
- Golden Gnasher Bloodspray
PvP – Prototype Weapons
Throughout the development of Gears 5, we prototyped different weapons for inclusion in PvP, but, sadly many of them didn’t make it into the game.
In Operation 8 we’re going to be adding two prototype weapons to custom matches and events so you can try them out, however, they will not be customizable for skins.
Back in Gears of War Judgment we released a weapon called the Breechshot. As a prototype, the Markza MK2 exists to replicate that weapon’s behavior.
The Markza MK2 is a five-round rifle, with the ability to instantly headshot an enemy, its drawback is a slow rate of fire which can cost the player opportunities or even result in their death.
To try and replicate that Gears of War Judgment feel we’ve also used the original crosshair that was present for Breechshot, which should help to achieve that same gun feel.
The Revive Grenade previously existed as the Stim-Gas Grenade in Gears of War Judgment, featuring the ability to continuously heal players inside the blast radius.
We used that as the inspiration for the Revive Grenade, which can revive Down But Not Out (DBNO) players. We imagine it can be a round changer in objective playlists.
We’re incredibly excited to get these out to you and we look forward to seeing how you use them in customs!
PvP – Tweaks
Note: Ping will still appear on this scoreboard, this is just a bot game.
- Alongside all the updates above, we have some significant quality of life changes coming to the Versus experience, including some competitive changes.
- We're removing the ability to see the PC Icon in Public lobbies across Gears 5. The icon will remain in place for Custom matches to help maintain esports integrity.
- We've added an option to add a delay to the expression wheel appearing. , tThis can be toggled from instantly to 5 seconds which should help prevent accidental openings of the wheel while in combat.
- You can now toggle off the option to "Yank" a player over cover, sometimes a player will accidentally try to yank while trying to revive a DBNO player against cover which will help prevent this issue from occurring.
- We have updated the Scoreboard to provide more meaningful stats across the board for viewers and players.
- Execution/Warzone: Kill/Death/Assist, Damage Done, First Bloods, Revives.
- KOTH/Control: Kill/Death/Assist, Damage Done, OBJ Kills (any player you kill inside the objective.), Caps/Breaks.
- TDM/Dodgeball: Kill/Death/Assist, Damage Done, Kill Streak (this is your current kill streak but will reset at the end of each round or if you die.), Revives.
- Guardian: Kill/Death/Assist, Damage Done, Leader Kills, Revives.
- Escalation: Kill/Death/Assist, Damage Done, Kill Streak, Caps/Breaks.
- Gridiron/Capture the Flag: Kill/Death/Assist, Damage Done, Touchdowns, Denials.
- We've made the following changes to competitive mode scoring:
- Players who are playing solo will now get a 25% boost to their score at the end of a competitive match (up from 15%)
- Players will now receive 5,000 points for a victory in all team-based competitive modes.
- We've added the Relic Weapons into the Swap All and Custom Match weapon swaps list.
Throughout Gears 5 we have run multiple events across the game for Horde such as Nexus Siege, Escape from Kadar, and more.
We’re happy to announce that at the start of Operation 8 we’ll be adding all these event modes to Custom Games!
This will mean you can experience the Locust returning with Nexus Siege on a map such as Ephyra or mix it up with the Wakaatu on Ritual!
All the events you can now select from are listed below:
- Boss Rush – Survive 10 waves against bosses only.
- Escape from Kadar – Survive 10 waves against Niles' creations.
- Horde Mania – Survive 25 waves with a short build period.
- Horde Roulette – Survive 10 waves of random enemy combinations.
- Jingle Juvies – Survive 20 waves of joyous Jingle Juvies.
- Mad Man's Monsters – Survive 20 waves against the Mad Man's Monsters.
- Nexus Siege – Survive 10 waves of Locust with no Fabricator.
- Predator Hunt – Survive 10 waves and battle the Wakaatu with no Fabricator.
Finally, we’ve also addressed the issues that stopped us from adding Turbine and Atrium to Horde custom games, you can expect to see these in at the start of Operation 8.
Tour of Duty
With a new Operation comes an all-new Tour of Duty with exclusive content to gather. See the full list below!
Basics – 2,000 Gear Coins on completion
|Team Medic||Revive 150 Teammates||All||5|
|Carnage||Do 10000000 Damage||All||5|
|Body Count||Get 10000 Eliminations||All||5|
|Finish Them||Kill 4000 Enemies||All||5|
|Marksman||Hit 500 Headshots kills||All||5|
|Executioner||Perform 150 Executions||All||5|
Weapons – 2,000 Gear Coins on completion
|Lancer Carnage||Deal 250000 Damage with the Lancer||All||5|
|Gnasher Body Count||Get 250 Eliminations with the Gnasher||All||5|
|Pistol Carnage||Deal 150000 Damage with the Snub, Boltok, or Talon||All||5|
|Big Boom Body Count||Get 100 Eliminations with the Boomshot, Dropshot, or Frag Grenades||All||6|
|Blazing Carnage||Deal 100000 Damage with the Scorcher or Incendiary Grenades||All||6|
|Marksman Body Count||Get 100 Eliminations with the Longshot, EMBAR, or Torque Bow||All||6|
Tour of Duty Specialist – 3,000 Gear Coins on completion
|Battleworn||Complete 200 Rounds of Versus, Waves of Horde, or Acts of Escape||All||5|
|Drop Em||Get 100 Downs||All||5|
|Splish Splash||Do 50000 Damage with Incendiary and/or Shock Grenades||All||5|
|Active Living||Get 150 Active Reload Kills||All||5|
|Double Dipper||Get 20 Double Kills in Versus Matches||Versus||5|
|Do Your Part||Get 100 Assists in Versus Matches||Versus||5|
|Sending a Message||Get 25 Executions in Versus Matches||Versus||6|
Tour of Duty Master – 5,000 Gear Coins on completion
|Killjoy||Get 5 Ring-Breaks in a single Versus Match||Versus||4|
|Busy Bee||Get 3 Triple Kills in Competitive Versus Matches||Versus||5|
|Show Off||Get 5 Executions in a single Versus Match 3 times||Versus||5|
|Goon||Get 5 or more Kills without dying in a single Versus Match||Versus||5|
|Tryhard||Score 5000 Points or more in 25 Competitive Versus Matches||Versus||6|
|Eager Beaver||Get the First kill 10 times in Versus Matches||Versus||6|
|Bully||Survive 25 Waves of Horde and/or Acts of Escape on Inconceivable Difficulty or Higher||PVE||6|
Escape – 5,000 Gear Coins on completion
|Escape Attempts||Survive 50 Acts of Escape||Escape||4|
|Escape Carnage||Do 3000000 Damage in Escape||Escape||5|
|Escape Body Count||Get 1000 Eliminations in Escape||Escape||5|
|Boss Hunter||Get 30 Boss Eliminations in Escape||Escape||5|
|Hivebusters||Survive 10 Acts of Escape as Lahni, Keegan, or Mac||Escape||5|
|Scion Hunter||Get 50 Scion Eliminations in Escape||Escape||5|
|Escape Master||Escape 10 Hives on Master Difficulty in this Operation||Escape||6|
Horde – 5,000 Gear Coins on Completion
|Wave Survivor||Survive 150 Waves of Horde||Horde||4|
|Horde Carnage||Do 6000000 Damage in Horde||Horde||5|
|Horde Body Count||Get 3000 Eliminations in Horde||Horde||5|
|Boss Hunter||Get 30 Boss Eliminations in Horde||Horde||5|
|Power Horder||Collect 1000000 Energy in Horde||Horde||5|
|Locust Hunter||Get 200 Locust Eliminations in Horde||Horde||5|
|Horde Master||Survive 50 Waves of Horde or Frenzy on Master Difficulty||Horde||6|
Versus Basics – 3,000 Gear Coins on Completion
|Quickplay Veteran||Win 10 Classic Quickplay matches||Versus||5|
|Versus Carnage||Do 1500000 Damage in Versus matches||Versus||5|
|Season Slaughter||Get 5000 Eliminations in Versus||Versus||5|
|Versus Medic||Revive 50 Teammates in Versus Matches||Versus||5|
|COG Victories||Win 25 Versus Matches as COG||Versus||5|
|Swarm Victories||Win 25 Versus Matches as Swarm||Versus||5|
|Ring Master||Capture 100 Rings in Versus||Versus||5|
Competitive – 3,000 Gear Coins on Completion
|Competitive Veteran||Win 20 Competitive Versus Matches||Versus||6|
|Competitive Slayer||Get 200 Eliminations in Competitive Matches||Versus||5|
|2v2 Gnasher Veteran||Win 15 Rounds of Versus Competitive 2v2 Gnasher Matches||Versus||5|
|Free-For-All Veteran||Get 100 Eliminations in Competitive Free-For-All Matches||Versus||5|
|Control Veteran||Win 15 Rounds in Competitive Control Matches||Versus||5|
|Guardian Veteran||Win 20 Rounds of Competitive Guardian Matches||Versus||5|
|Execution Veteran||Win 5 Matches of Competitive Execution 2.0||Versus||5|
Versus Events – 3,000 Gear Coins on completion
|Event Veteran||Complete 1000 Rounds of Versus Weekly Events||Versus||4|
|Event Eliminator||Get 250 Eliminations across any Versus Weekly Events||Versus||5|
|Event Executioner||Get 10 Executions across any Versus Weekly Events||Versus||5|
|Event Marksman||Get 30 Headshots across any Versus Weekly Events||Versus||5|
|Event Winner||Win 50 Rounds of Versus Weekly Events||Versus||6|
|Event Champion||Win 10 Matches across any Versus Weekly Events||Versus||6|
All the stars earned from the dailies and medals will go towards earning the following rewards in the Tour:
|Name||Rewards Type||Reward Name|
|Recruit II||Weapon Skin||Ghillie Camo Loadout Set|
|Recruit IV||Weapon Skin||Sandglass Precision Set|
|Recruit V||Character Skin||Hivebuster Dizzy|
|Private III||Weapon Skin||Ghillie Camo Power Set|
|Private V||Character Skin||C Company Bernie|
|Corporal II||Weapon Skin||Ghillie Camo Assault Set|
|Corporal V||Weapon Skin||Sandglass Power Set|
|Sergeant IV||Weapon Skin||Ghillie Camo Precision Set|
|Sergeant V||Character Skin||Savage Scion|
|Officer II||Weapon Skin||Sandglass Assault Set|
|Officer IV||Blood Spray||Reaper Bloodspray|
|Officer V||Weapon Skin||Sandglass Loadout Set|
|Lieutenant IV||Weapon Skin||Predator Feathers Precision Set|
|Lieutenant V||Expression||Mind Blown Expression|
|Captain III||Weapon Skin||Predator Feathers Power Set|
|Captain V||Mark||Bird of Prey Mark|
|Major V||Character Skin||Islander Tai|
|Colonel III||Weapon Skin||Predator Feathers Assault Set|
|Colonel V||Expression||Guitar Solo Expression|
|Major General I||Coins||2750|
|Major General II||Coins||3000|
|Major General III||Weapon Skin||Predator Feathers Loadout Set|
|Major General IV||Coins||3500|
|Major General V||Iron||100|
|General||Character Skin||Trinity Vrol|
Operation 8 will also see us increasing the total number of re-ups in Gears 5, as we go from 50 to 60. Just like before each new re-up grants an exclusive reward that can only be attained from that re-up!
XP Curve per re-up
The list below contains the amount of XP per level required in the specific re-up
|Re-Up 50||Re-Up 51||Re-Up 52||Re-Up 53||Re-Up 54||Re-Up 55||Re-Up 56||Re-Up 57||Re-Up 58||Re-Up 59||Re-Up 60|
- Re-up 51: Space Race Precision Set
- Re-up 52: King $#?@ Blood Spray
- Re-up 53: Space Race Assault Set
- Re-up 54: Crown Mark & Triumph Banner
- Re-up 55: Heroic Karn
- Re-up 56: Wipe Hands Expression
- Re-up 57: Space Race Power Set
- Re-up 58: Golden Crown Blood Spray
- Re-up 59: Space Race Loadout Set
- Re-up 60: Heroic Kait
For Operation 8 we’re adding 17 new achievements across Gears 5, totaling an additional 500 Gamerscore. Details are below:
|Legendary Operator||100||Reach Legend 25 in an operation|
|A Real Gear||50||Reach Re-Up 50|
|Re-Up Mastery||50||Reach Re-Up 60|
|Seriously 5.0 Chapter 2||150||50 Re-ups Finish Campaign on Inconceivable Master all 32 Escape Hives Master all Horde maps in 50 wave and Frenzy modes Get all PvE classes to level 20|
|In Total Control||10||Win a Control and/or KOTH match on 10 different maps|
|Event Planner||5||Win 10 matches in Versus Events|
|Back In Style||15||Win 10 matches of Execution|
|Grave Consequences||5||Win a Versus match on Tomb|
|Destroyed Beauty||5||Win a Versus match on Ephyra|
|Last Rites||5||Win a Versus match on Ritual|
|Bernie is Back||10||Win 5 Versus matches with Bernie|
|Trusted Advisor||10||Win 5 Versus matches with Vrol|
|Chamber of Horrors||5||Complete a match of Horde Frenzy on Atrium|
|Take Command||5||Complete a match of Horde Frenzy on Command|
|Breezing Through||5||Complete a match of Horde Frenzy on Turbine|
|Total Annihilation||70||Do 400,000,000 damage in Horde or Escape|
To celebrate Operation 8, we’re happy to announce that from Friday, August 6 to Monday, August 9 we’ll be running a triple XP boost event, this will also include Character XP!
This will go live at 10:00 AM PDT, so be sure to get your grind ready!
And that’s it for our Operation 8 reveal. Keep an eye out for next week’s This Week in Gears post which will contain the patch notes.