Gears 5 Free Play Days Begin

Xbox Wire announces Operation 3 Gridiron for Gears 5 is in full effect and that Free Play Days will run from today through April 12th on all platforms for the latest installment in the shooter series. Word is: "Don’t have Gears 5? No problem. It’s easy to get in on Operation 3: Gridiron, because Gears 5 is part of Free Play Days starting today, April 6 through April 12. All Xbox Live Gold or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members can play Gears 5 online with their Gold friends during Xbox Free Play Days! Console, Windows 10 PC, and Steam — everyone can play together." We saw this reflected in a pop-up from the Steam client, but it doesn't seem to be live there as of this writing, and it is not yet reflected on the game's Steam Listing, but presumably this will be fixed soon enough. Here's more on what to expect:

In case you missed it, we’ve had a lot of updates and news for Gears 5 – Free Play Days, Batista, and Operation 3 Gridiron. Let’s jump in!

Welcome to Gears 5 – Operation 3: Gridiron! Get in on this single life objective mode with two teams fighting to run a neutral flag into their opponent’s end zone. Race to be the first team to hit 13 points to win, where you and your team fight to seize the flag, control weapons, and key positions in each short two-minute round. You’re going to need to work tactically together to claim each win! More details on Gridiron can be found here on Xbox Wire.

Also: Batista is back! Play now through April 20 and you’ll automatically receive the Batista Bomb execution and Batista skin in-game!

Lastly, find this punch card in the Microsoft Rewards app on your Xbox One console! You can earn up to 500 Microsoft Rewards points by watching the new Operation 3 Gridiron trailer, earning any one of the new achievements added for Operation 3, and watching Gears 5 on Mixer.

Don’t have Gears 5? No problem. It’s easy to get in on Operation 3: Gridiron, because Gears 5 is part of Free Play Days starting today, April 6 through April 12. All Xbox Live Gold or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members can play Gears 5 online with their Gold friends during Xbox Free Play Days! Console, Windows 10 PC, and Steam — everyone can play together.

We’re all in this together. Let’s get in some game time with our friends and jump in!