Here's 15 minutes of spoiler-rich Gears 5 campaign footage

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Gears 5 releases later this week for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers, though if you're prepared to fork out the whole asking price, you'll need to wait until September 10 to play it. Weird? Kinda. A good way to drive the subscriber base for Game Pass Ultimate? Probably.

Until this week, Microsoft and The Coalition have been tight-lipped about the game's campaign component. But thanks to a recent outpouring of previews we now know that the game features some semi-open world areas, as well as a ridable high-speed skiff. The footage above shows neither of those things, but it does prove that Gears' gunplay is pretty much exactly what you'd expect: active reload is back, and for all its promised advancements, it's still very much a third-person shooter.

The footage is drawn from Act 2 of the game. "Kait attempts to enlist the help of someone close to her before they get caught up in battle," reads the description. I have a feeling Kait will be getting caught up in lots of battles.  

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