The Coalition is taking its shot at Gears 5 story DLC in December, Gears developers told IGN, and it’ll be available on the Xbox One, PC, and Xbox Series consoles.

“All I can say is December and the title is Hivebusters, so it might give you a little hint as to what that content might contain,” said Zoe Curnoe, Gears 5 principal lead producer. “That’ll be available on the new consoles as well, so it’ll be optimized for those two.”

In Gears 5, the Hivebusters are a squad of three who never make an appearance in the campaign but instead star in the new mode Escape. Team Scorpio’s Keegan, Lahni, and Mac are the default squad (though you can go in with one of your choosing) that infiltrate Swarm hives on what would be considered suicide missions to destory the enemy strongholds from the inside. Team Scorpio doesn’t have much of an identity in Gears 5, though they do have an origin story in the Gears of War: Hivebusters comics.

Other than an estimated playtime of 3-4 hours, Curnoe said more DLC details, including whether or not it’ll cost anything, will be shared in early December. Members of The Coalition previously said they weren’t interested in developing story DLC for Gears. Curnoe said the philosophy of the statement is still true in that they don’t want to hold anything back when developing a campaign, but chose to develop the expansion after fan requests.

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Mike Rayner, studio technical director at The Coalition, also mentioned the story DLC will be the first Gears story reviewed, tuned, and polished on the Series X and Series S during the content’s original development rather than upgrades made after.

“So the things that we’re doing with global illumination and constant mapping I think are a good example, and we’ve made sure that the content is really set up to take advantage of that,” Ryaner said. “The ultra-res textures are now there and we can kind of tune them and make sure that they really show up in 4K resolution with the additional memory we have on these consoles and the ability to stream them in super fast.”

Gears 5 is also getting a campaign update with its New Game+ mode in November. Be sure to read about what that entails along with major multiplayer updates in IGN’s interview with The Coalition, and for all the games coming to the Series X at launch, check out the IGN Series X launch guide.

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Miranda Sanchez is the executive editor of guides at IGN. You can chat with her about video games and anime on Twitter.
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