While the general Gears 5 release date was September 10, 2019, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers were be able to play it from 9pm local time on September 5.
The game attracted three million players in its opening weekend and recorded the “biggest launch week” for a first-party Xbox One title, taking into account the early access period.
Gears 5 debuted at No.2 on the UK chart, which only accounts for physical sales, behind Borderlands 3. The Xbox shooter’s boxed sales were down approximately 75% compared to Gears of War 4’s launch week total in 2016.
Microsoft recently detailed its Gears 5 post-launch DLC plans, which will include significant content drops every three months focusing on “earnable free content”.