Microsoft and The Coalition are getting ready to launch Gears 5, which has been reviewing extremely well with critics so far. The game continues the narrative from Gears of War 4, with Kait Diaz taking a bigger lead role in order to discover more about her intriguing family history. In addition to campaign and cooperative modes, Gears 5 comes with a robust multiplayer experience with more customization options than ever before.
A new class based system lets players not only customize their load outs and abilities but provides different options for skins, banners, and emotes, which Gears 5 calls Expressions. Expressions are brand new to the franchise, though they're pretty commonplace in many online games these days, such as Fortnite and Overwatch. They're another way players can personalize their characters, with both audio lines and physical emotes being available.
How To Emote in Gears 5
When inside of a multiplayer match, players need to click (push) in the right analog stick and then use the D-Pad to select the emote to use. Players can equip up to four expressions at a time from their unlocked set. Emotes are not universal, however, so any changes a player makes must be customized on a character by character basis. Players can earn more voice lines and emotes by completing challenges, leveling up, and buying supply drops with in-game currency.
The Coalition has also confirmed that this new Expressions system will stay true to the Gears universe. This means that some of the more outlandish and wacky emotes from games outside the franchise likely won't be making the cut for inclusion in Gears 5. Tech test players had access to the Thanks emote and voice line, though recent trailers have subtly added in others for fans to spot, including taunts like a bloody Kait Diaz waving at an enemy to come and get her.
After admittedly playing things a little safe with Gears of War 4, The Coalition is turning things up to the next level for the follow up. Part of that is delivering more content on day one, with the new Escape Mode, as well as planing to support Gears 5 for years to come. Already, the studio has revealed post-launch additions like The Terminator and Halo: Reach characters for multiplayer. Earlier this week, it was also revealed that WWE star and Guardians of the Galaxy actor Dave Bautista is getting immortalized as a playable character a week after launch.
Gears 5 launches on September 10 for PC and Xbox One.