I agree with the vast majority that the launch of Op 6 is pretty underwhelming overall, especially after the fantastic Op 5 which was packed with 5 maps, lots of characters, major PVE changes, and just great content and updates overall.
But I recently saw a post on Twitter that reminded me of something:
And he’s right…this is a great point and something we honestly keep forgetting. Every single piece of content in Gears 5 since it launched (with the exception of esports and licensed content) has been absolutely free. No Battle Passes that you have to purchase with money or earn with in game currency - free. Hek even the amazing Hivebusters DLC was “free” if you had Gamepass…which millions of people do. And back in Op 4 they completely overhauled the currency to make everything in the store earnable with Gold. On top of all that, they’re actually ramping up the Ops to release content at a faster pace.
Yes you can make the argument that Gears 5 was 60 bucks at launch, but that was over a year ago, by now the game has more then paid for itself with post release content not to mention many people got the game for free via Gamepass.
Op 6 isn’t super exciting compared to Op 5, I’m not denying that at all, but from this perspective, it’s hard to complain really. It’s all free content. Just being real here is all.
I’m not saying TC is handling things perfectly here, but the Gears community is overly harsh IMO and honestly its own worst enemy. I believe it will also be the downfall of Gears at this rate. I hope not bc I love Gears to death and always will, but this is an insatiable community.
(And to be clear this is strictly referring to post release content, not tuning decisions, 4 v 4, etc. Don’t turn this into a tuning thread)