Gears 5: How to Play Early

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Gears 5 is the much-awaited next installment in the Gears of War franchise, expanding on everything that made the previous games classics.

Gears 5 will officially release in less than a week, on September 10. However, for those who can’t contain their excitement, there are options to play the game early listed below. There are a couple ways that players can get their hands on Gears 5 in only two days, on September 6. This is an appealing prospect, as it will provide players with a full weekend to explore Gears 5's massive new levels before its full release.

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Ultimate Edition Pre-Order

The first method for gaining early access to Gears 5 is a pre-order of the Ultimate Edition of the game. The Ultimate Edition is one of several editions of the game with varying amounts of bonuses and extra content depending on how much the consumer is willing to pay. The Ultimate Edition comes with a 30-day boost for multiplayer and several weapon skins. However, players must keep in mind that only the digital version of the Ultimate Edition will allow them to play early. Physical copies do not come with early access. Likewise, players should be sure to make their pre-order soon, as ordering too late may disallow them from participating in the early access period.

The Collector's Edition can also be bought with the Ultimate Edition of the game included. This will grant early access as well, plus all the extra bonuses that come with a Collector’s Edition.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

Another, perhaps more cost-effective method is to gain access through Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. Not to be confused with the Ultimate Edition of Gears 5, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is a higher tier of the Xbox Game Pass subscription service. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate gives access to a large library of games both on Xbox and on Windows, including Gears 5. At the time of writing, consumers can buy in to Xbox Game Pass for $2, making it an attractive option.

However, the downsides of a subscription service remain. Consumers will not fully own titles that they download through Game Pass, and the titles that are available are subject to change. If their subscription is cancelled, players will lose access to any games downloaded through the Game Pass after the time period that they paid for is up. If players are interested in playing Gears 5 early and owning the game permanently, buying the Ultimate Edition described above is likely the better option.

Whether players gain access early through pre-order or subscription, or simply wait for the game's full release, Gears 5 promises one of the best campaigns in the franchise.

Gears 5 launches on September 10 for PC and Xbox One.

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