With an eye toward the horizon, the creator of Gears 5 is removing the map builder from their most-prized IP to date. In order to “concentrate on forthcoming initiatives,” publisher The Coalition has decided to remove the Map Builder function from Gears 5. The aforementioned option allows players to design their own Breakout type levels.
The Feature Wasn’t Very Well Received
Because the Map Builder and Getaway options in Gears 5 didn’t have a large following, this change is doubtful to cause too much consternation. It is probable, nevertheless, that certain Gears of War players are concerned that they would be unable to complete the event’s accomplishments if the Map Builder feature is removed.
That’s not the case, though, and those who install the patch and play the title thereafter will be rewarded with the accomplishments for gratis.
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Worried accomplishment seekers need not fear, as the developer has officially taken care of the issue. Once the patch is installed, the application would immediately display any Map Builder-related accolades that have been unlocked. “I Made it All Myself” as well as “Homegrown Hive” are both impacted.
PSA: We’re removing #Gears5 Map Builder and unlocking its achievements for all players as the team focus on future projects.
If you’ve completed “I Made it All By Myself” you’ll receive an exclusive banner & if you’ve completed “Homegrown Hive” you’ll receive 10k Coins in-game. pic.twitter.com/cPX0tLKQ3s
— Gears of War (@GearsofWar) April 26, 2022
Additional in-game incentives would be given to players who have previously achieved such goals. You’ll get a distinctive pennant if you finish “I Made it All By Myself,” whereas completing “Homegrown Hive” would earn players 10,000 in-game currency.
Ten credits are added to your Gamerpoints for each accomplishment. Prior to the collapse of Map Builder, both were rather easy to get. Creating and publishing your personal Getaway Hive was one requirement; finishing an existing community-built Getaway Hive was another.
A fresh IP is supposedly in the works, but no additional information was provided by the developers about what the group’s next initiatives would be. We also got a sneak peek at what Gears 6 may appear like during an Unreal Engine 5 presentation.
It looks like The Coalition could be working on a new IP alongside Gears of War, if this LinkedIn description is accurate. This kind of was hinted at before already as well.https://t.co/XZkjZRDSSd pic.twitter.com/bpUmg391xx
— Klobrille (@klobrille) July 17, 2021
Last year, sector analyst Jeff Grubb began speculating that the Gears of War devs were busy creating a whole original Property. Aside from contributing with Halo Infinite as well as the Coalition’s core titles, Grubb stated the developer was working on a new concept that has not yet been revealed. Another social media user found a LinkedIn profile this week that seemed to support Grubb’s assertion.
There’s not much more to go on than the level designer’s LinkedIn page. Although it seems this is the first time a representative of the Gears 5 design crew has revealed the possibility of a potential title.