Gears 5 seems to be the most compelling Gears game we've had in quite a long while, and its focus on different squad dynamics is a huge part of that. Here, you'll learn how to switch characters during different modes, so that you're always mobile and on the offensive.
It's important to note that changing between Gears 5 characters is done slightly differently in each game mode, so we've decided to explain how each of them works. Find everything you need to know on how to change characters in Gears 5 below.
How to change Characters in Gears 5 Story Mode
Story mode is a special case in Gears 5, as each of the campaign's Acts or missions depends on you playing a particular character. This means that you can't switch your characters around in Story Mode if you're playing solo.
The catch is that, if you're playing CO-OP with a buddy, then you'll have the option to choose who to play as. Note that this is still limited, depending on which Act you're playing, but it's better than nothing.
How to change Characters in Gears 5 Versus Mode
Obviously, Versus Mode is way more relaxed than Story Mode in this regard. If you choose 'Quickplay', the game will take you to a character selection screen right away, and will give you an wide array of characters to play as.
On the other hand, 'Ranked' will only let you switch characters during the matchmaking sequence, so it's a tiny bit more strict in this regard. The Halo: Reach characters should be available in Versus as well.
How to change Characters in Gears 5 Hive Mode
Hive Mode's character picker works much as the one in Versus does. You can pick your skin/character as soon as you enter the matchmaking sequence, and there shouldn't be any limitations present on which character you wish to play as.
How to change Characters in Gears 5 Horde Mode
Horde Mode character picker works precisely as it does in the case of Hive Mode. Enter the matchmaking process and you'll be presented with a list of characters you can use during the match. If you're unhappy with the characters you've got access to, we imagine the upcoming DLCs will provide you with something better suited to your tastes.
Gears 5 offers a downright incredible breadth of content, as the above clearly shows. No matter if you're looking for story, co-op, or versus gameplay, you'll find something to enjoy here. Keep track of our Gears 5 coverage right here, as we'll have lots of other useful stuff prepared very soon.