The Coalition provided a new 'What's Up' newsletter to all Gears 5 players yesterday, on Monday, January 13. Contained within the news post was an announcement of a delay for Ranked Free for All in Gears 5 multiplayer.
The full quote follows below from The Coalition. Operation 2, actually called Free for All, first launched in Gears 5 in early December 2019. It looks like Gears 5 players will have to wait a little longer until they can play Free for All in the Ranked playlist.
"We’ve been testing the Ranking System in Free For All and discovered some issues in the way the Ranking System operates in a 1 person team Ranked environment. Resolving these issues is going to take some time, so to make sure we get this right, we’re shifting Ranked FFA to the launch of Operation 3 to make sure we do this right."
Elsewhere in the What's Up newsletter from The Coalition, the developer detailed the new Kantus, a playable Locust character launching later this month as part of Title Update 4. Kantus actually works as a Locust version of Lizzie Carmine, a character introduced to Gears 5 multiplayer in December, having a Lancer, Talon, and Smoke Grenade for use on the battlefield.
There's also a pretty significant update launching in Title Update 4: Estimated wait times for matchmaking. The Coalition go so far as to acknowledge the system was fundamentally using "flawed calculations" back in Gears of War 4's multiplayer, but the developer promises that the feature for Gears 5 will be much improved, working on a set of "(mostly) new calculations."
Currently, there's no word on when Operation 3 will launch for Gears 5. When it does though, it'll be introducing Free for All into the Ranked multiplayer playlist.