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Rod Fergusson: Gears 5 Isn't the First Time the Gears Franchise Removed Tobacco Use

Rod Fergusson: Gears 5 Isn't the First Time the Gears Franchise Removed Tobacco Use - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 15 July 2019 / 888 Views

It was reported recently that Gears of War developer, The Coalition, is eliminating depictions of smoking in Gears 5. Studio head Rod Fergusson has clarified on Twitter that this isn't the first time the studio has removed depictions of smoking.

Gears of War 2 character Dizzy in the original concept art showed him smoking a cigarette. However, by the time the game was released he was no longer smoking.

Gears 5 will launch for Xbox One and PC on September 10.


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6 Comments

KoyomiAraragi (on 15 July 2019)

Honestly.. who tf cares. Why even feel the need to bring it up again? Weird way of marketing, but okay


thismeintiel (on 15 July 2019)

Gotta try and score those woke points, I guess.


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StriderKiwi (on 15 July 2019)

Cigarette usage is dying off, especially in the younger generations. It's unnecessary virtue signalling. The "cool/tough guy or girl character that smokes" trope is nothing new and I doubt anyone will be swayed to pick up a pack of Marlboro after playing Gears, especially since Pot and vaping is the new drug craze.


Azzanation (on 15 July 2019)

Adding or removing tobacco from a MA15+ video game wont make a difference to anyone. The sooner companies realize that the better. No need to bring it up.


Nautilus (on 15 July 2019)

Congratulations?


Zenos (on 15 July 2019)

For them to address this again means that they are getting backlash for that lame virtue signalling. Good.