The next entry in the Gears of War series is taking some notes from other major games. Not only will your Horde mode characters have some abilities all their own this go-around, but a few new heroes to add to the frenzy from a familiar franchise. Noble Team's Emile-A239 and Kat-B320 will join the fight against the Horde in a Halo: Reach character pack for Gears 5.
Horde mode is back in Gears 5, and now each character has their own progression and playstyle, further built out by character-specific Ultimate abilities. Alongside heroes like JD and his airstrike, or Kait and her cloak, you can also take control of robotic helper Jack. The friendly bot doesn't need cover, buffs allies, and can hack enemies to turn the tides back on the horde. A new mechanic called Power Taps also encourages groups to move around the map, rather than camp in a single spot. Check it all out in the new Horde trailer.
Joining the fight are two members of Noble Team, Emile-A239 and Kat-B320. As well as being available as heroes in Horde mode, they'll also be playable characters in Versus as well. These two Spartans join Gears 5 as part of the Halo: Reach Character Pack, which includes cosmetics like a skin, banner, and spray. The pack will be available for Ultimate Edition owners, or included as part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. Emil will get the Drop Shield as their ultimate, and Kat will use the Hologram, keeping true to the Halo universe.
It's cool to see Microsoft properties crossing over like this, though it really adds on to the pile of characters coming to Gears 5 from other properties. Versus and Horde is going to look wild with Terminators and Spartans running around.
More news is set to be revealed later on today at Gamescom 2019. Be sure to check out our guide to all the big streams today to keep up with all the news.