Returning player

So I’ve been away from the series about halfway through 4. I left because I heavily disliked the two different tunings depending on what I played. I felt like microtransactions were very invasive, and I DESPISED the way we unlocked stuff in loot boxes. Now of those 3 things that I felt drove me away from the game, what has changed and what has remained the same going into Gears 5?

I’d suggest giving this article a good read. Should answer at least some of your questions.