Gears 5 Operation 2 Update: Free For All Now Available, But There's A Catch

One out of three FFA maps available.


Gears 5 has released its Operation 2: Free For All DLC as scheduled, bringing a load of new changes and additions to the game. Now that it's out you can purchase all the goodies as a bundle as with real money or buy individual pieces with in-game currency. But a last-minute bug is keeping it from working exactly as intended.

The expansion's namesake comes from the new FFA versus mode, in which 14 players battle to reach 30 kills. The Coalition sent word that FFA hit a snag, though, with a visual bug compromising two of the maps--Pit and Nethercutt. As a result the studio is only making one map, Core, available through quickplay for the time being. The maps and mode are planned to join Ranked in January.

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Aside from FFA, the update adds an Arcade Blitz mode, and 2v2 Gnashers. It adds a handful of new characters including Lizzie Carmine, Damon Baird, Jermad, and a Locust Drone. A third villain character, Kantus, will join the lineup in early 2020. You can check out the new characters' ability lists below. Allfathers Arena and Lift were added as Arena maps, and the update includes six new Hives to be dropped throughout the event.

You can pick up an Operation 2 bundle that includes the new characters, Eclipse weapon set, 1000 Iron, and 30 days of boost, for $20. You can also purchase heroes and villains individually for 500 Iron apiece.

Lizzie Carmine

A driver for the COG and member of the iconic Carmine military family, Lizzie is a total badass that never backs down from a fight.

  • Horde & Escape Abilities (Tank)
  • Ultimate – Summon and pilot a Silverback on the battlefield
  • Passive– Enemies that die with your mark reduce the cooldown on your Ultimate
  • Versus Arcade Abilities
  • Loadout– Lancer, Auto Pistol, Smoke Grenade
  • Passive: Taking damage makes you move faster for a brief time.
  • Bounty– Multi-kills reward +1 skull

Damon Baird

An original member of Delta Squad, this sarcastic engineer brings humor and support to the battlefield.

  • Horde & Escape Abilities (Engineer)
  • Ultimate -Reinforce DR-1 – Summon a DR-1 that targets enemies
  • Passive– Build new Fortifications at a small discount and move around Fortifications faster
  • Versus Arcade Abilities
  • Loadout –Enforcer, Snub Pistol, Flashbang
  • Passive –Significantly reduced recoil on DeeBee Weapons
  • Bounty –Multi-kills reward +1 skull

Locust Drone

Born and bred for combat, the Locust Drone emerges once more to enter the fight.

  • Versus Arcade Abilities
  • Loadout– Enforcer, Snub, Flashbang
  • Passive Ability –Kills reward supply of Active Reload ammo to current weapon
  • Bounty– Multi-kills reward +1 skull


This Locust sniper hails from the ranks of RAAM’s vicious Blooded Vanguard where he played a key role in the defeat of Sraak.

  • Versus Arcade Abilities
  • Loadout –Retro Lancer, Snub Pistol, Flashbang
  • Passive –Headshot Damage Reduction (except Explosive weapons)
  • Bounty –Multi Kills +1 skull (6 second window frame)

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