I still hate Jack, Gears of War’s Pixar-like companion drone, but after hearing the inspiration behind him I appreciate why he exists. Gears 5 director Rod Fergusson said at a recent game conference that Jack was meant to give non-Gears players an approachable cooperative role similar to Mario Galaxy’s co-star mode.
Gears 5 includes nineteen Pride banners, from the classic rainbow to the bisexual pride flag (selected above), in customization options for multiplayer avatars. You get them with Scrap, which is only earned from playing matches, not with real money. Banners show up behind players’ avatars if they win MVP of a match.
Actress Minnie Driver said on Twitter that she was once fired from doing voice work on Gears of War because she couldn’t shout loudly enough. “Only job I was ever fired from...never liked the game tbh,” she said, to which Gears of War series producer Rod Fergusson responded “Sorry about that.”