While Gears 5 technically doesn't launch until September 10, the game has been available since September 6 to Game Pass Ultimate subscribers and those who pre-order the Ultimate Edition of the game. Since the Gears 5 campaign takes between eight and 12 hours to beat, it's safe to say that some fans have already beaten the game or are getting close to it, and may be wondering if they should bother sticking around for the credits or skipping them.
After credits scenes are usually only a concern for movies like those in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but there is a precedent for after credits scenes in the Gears of War franchise. Those who don't want Gears of War 4 spoilers shouldn't read beyond this sentence, but as some may recall, that game had an after-credits scene that showed Kait's uncle Oscar knifing his way out of the Snatcher that had captured him earlier.
Since past Gears of War games have sometimes had an after credits scene, it's reasonable that some fans may assume that Gears 5 has an after credits scene as well. And after having completed the campaign, we can confirm whether or not Gears 5 has an after credits scene. While we won't spoil plot details, those who want to find out for themselves if there is an after credits scene should turn back now.
The answer is no, Gears 5 does not have an after credits scene. Anything that may have needed further explanation is covered in the game's final moments, where we learn the fate of various characters from the campaign. There is no after credits scene to speak of, but that doesn't mean that there isn't more story for players to discover after they've reached the credits.
In fact, Gears 5's open world levels have side quests that expand on the lore, and the game world is filled with collectibles that have interesting tales attached to them as well. Unless players found everything on their first playthrough, they may be compelled to go back through the campaign to find this extra content and really flesh out the narrative.
In the meantime it's unlikely that Gears 5's story will be expanded on by DLC, so those who can't wait to see what happens next will just have to hang tight for Gears 6, whenever that may be.
Gears 5 launches on September 10 for PC and Xbox One.