Hivebusters is a three-hour add-on set on the volcanic Galangi islands, where lava flows and sandy beaches are “crawling with Swarm and a deadly new predator”.
The expansion sees players step into the shoes of a three-person squad which purposefully gets itself captured by the enemy in order to destroy hive strongholds from within.
It can be pre-purchased separately for $19.99/£14.99 and will also be included with a new Microsoft Store exclusive Gears 5: Game of the Year Edition ($59.99).
Available from December 15, the Game of the Year Edition comes with the Halo: Reach Character Pack and 30 days of boost too.
“Thrown together and dubbed ‘Scorpio Squad,’ their suicide mission to destroy a Swarm hive may hold the key to saving Sera and their own redemption.”
Hivebusters supports up to three-player co-op, split-screen or online, and features 16 new achievements to unlock for 210 Gamerscore.