There has been some confusion surrounding the number of playable characters in Gears 5's story campaign. While it's been reported in the past that Gears 5 technically supports 3-player co-op in the campaign, it seems this detail has flown under the radar for many. However, the list of Gears 5 achievements has been released today, confirming that there is in fact 3-player co-op for the campaign, with both the PC and Xbox One supporting 3-player split-screen.
There are multiple achievements for Gears 5's campaign that have players do various things as Jack, the hovering robot that follows players around throughout the entire Gears of War series. These achievements include attacking enemies with Jack's abilities in the campaign and fully upgrading Jack, as well as completing an Act of the campaign playing as Jack. Additionally, there is an achievement in Gears 5 called "It Takes Three To Make A Thing Go Right" that players can earn by completing an Act in 3-player co-op. Since a lot of the trailers we've seen for the Gears 5 campaign involves only two human characters, it seems that the third player will most likely be controlling Jack.
Now, it's possible that the third player will occasionally play as a human character. After all, Gears 5 features more than three playable human characters that will be featured over the course of its campaign. It's also possible that the third player will always be controlling a third character and Jack will just be an option for anyone playing.
We haven't been able to find clarification on the matter online, as it seems the fact that Gears 5 supports a 3-player co-op campaign mode hasn't generated much attention. Most articles we were able to find on the matter just mention the 3-player co-op campaign in passing, and none offer specifics as to who the third person will be playing as in the campaign.
Luckily, we won't have to wait much longer to know definitively how the 3-player co-op experience will work in Gears 5. The game itself is set to launch next month, with Game Pass Ultimate subscribers able to jump in on the action four days early on September 6.
When fans do get their hands on Gears 5, it will be interesting to see how they react to the 3-player co-op experience, as opposed to the four player one that some may have been hoping for. The new Escape Mode is also limited to just three players, but other modes, like Horde and Versus, support more.
Gears 5 launches on September 10 for PC and Xbox One.