One thing I disliked about Gears Of War 3, was not the beta. But the items earned from the Beta. While I did earn everything from it, and Earned the Seriously 3.0 Medal. I feel as though Thrashball Cole, and the Golden Retro-Lancer, and Flaming Weapon Skins should have been made earnable at some point. That, and the Socialite/War Supporter Medal sorely needing a patch. (Still needs it, too.)
As someone who has played an extensive amount of Gears 4, alongside it’s beta, and participated in it’s loyalty bonuses. I felt betrayed when I discovered that my rare “Exclusive” Vintage Kait, and Snub were made craftable. However. I did not get angry at the developers for doing this, as it was a necessary step to add replayability and expand upon it’s collections for, well… Collectors.
I feel as though near the end of Gears 5 Lifespan, they should go back through, and sell the Gilded Items as legendary status items, requiring an incredible amount of coins to purchase, so that while it’s difficult to earn, keeping it’s status as " Rare. " And " Legendary " Among peers, it will atleast be earnable to everyone else in a way, or another.
The same should go for the older operations, and other exclusive items for when Gears 5 has stopped receiving service, and Gears of War 6 is the next hit. As it will provide an incentive for players to, well… Keep playing.
While, i’m not saying that the Gilded Items, and other exclusive gear should be given out NOW. I’m saying it deserves to be earnable when Gears 5 has stopped receiving live service. And possibly starting over when the " Road To Gears 6 " Challenges emerge.
The only thing I’m not sure of, is the E-Sports, and Charity skins, as they were made for a specific purpose, and it’d feel rather strange paying/earning something for a Charity that is long-gone.
Edit: Funnily enough, my reasoning for making this post, was a while back, I lost my Gilded Items due to a corrupted save, back when Gears 5 was quite buggy, and still early in its life. I have a great majority of the items from the Operations, however I feel as though anyone that got into Gears now, or what i’m speculating, Is…
What if somebody got into Gears Of War 5 in… Say theoretically 2025. And Gears Of War 6 is loud and proud with tons of content. How would they get any of the cooler items, such as the Collector’s Items, or the Gilded items. As most of the playerbase would have likely dropped Gears 5, and moved onto Gears Of War 6.
While I do understand the Gilded content is for the loyal players who have stuck to all of the Gears Of War games, they should make them purchasable, or earnable when Gears Of War 5 is finished, and has stopped receiving anymore updates.
Tl;dr allow players to craft/purchase/earn normally exclusive items when GoW5’s service is finished, and GoW6 is in major focus. However, unsure about Charity and E-sports skins.