Today should be an exciting day for Xbox fans looking to get a taste of the next Gears of War game. Indeed, the Gears 5 Versus Multiplayer Tech Test kicks off today on Xbox One and Windows 10, and you still have time to pre-download the build ahead of the 10am PDT launch.
The tech test will be open to all Xbox Game Pass members, as well as people who pre-ordered the game. Five different modes will be available, including a new training mode called Boot Camp:
Starting at 10 a.m. PDT today, COG hopefuls can enlist in the Boot Camp training mode and then jump right into Arcade, the new game type designed for over-the-top fun where characters become heroes with their own unique abilities, loadouts and playstyles. Gears veterans will want to check out fan-favorite King of the Hill, the updated competitive game type Escalation and a mini-Tour of Duty, a series of challenges that grant sweet Tech Test exclusive rewards that will carry over into Gears 5. No matter your level of Gears familiarity, Gears 5 offers a game type for you.
This first tech test will run through through July 22 at 10 a.m. PDT, but there will be a second session next week from July 26 at 10 a.m. PDT until July 29 at 10 a.m. PDT. If you’re planning to play on PC this weekend, you can find the minimum and recommended specs below.
Gears 5 will be released worldwide on September 3, and it will be the first AAA game coming from Xbox Game Studios this year. Gears of War is one Microsoft’s main video games franchises along with Halo, Forza, and Minecraft, but Gears 5 will have to compete with Borderlands 3, one of the most-anticipated games of the year launching on September 13. However, Gears 5 shipping on both Xbox Game Pass and Steam (a first for the franchise) on launch day will certainly help to make this episode a successful release.
If you already have your Xbox Game Pass membership or Gears 5 pre-order, you can download the Gears 5 Tech Test below. The store listing indicates a 12.42 GB download size, which should be quite reasonable for those of you with slow Internet connections.