Gears 5’s Anti-Smoking Policy Clarified By Studio Head, Says He’s Removed Tobacco Use Before

Rod Fergusson says it wasn't all about the esports.

Posted By | On 15th, Jul. 2019

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Hardcore tobacco users were probably a little disappointed (and everyone else a little confused) when it was announced that Gears 5 was pursuing a policy to eliminate any depictions of smoking. It was an odd announcement, especially since smoking has never been a big thing in the series to begin with, but well… it’s just kind of a strange thing in general. Many assumed it was due to a similar policy with ELEAGUE, where Gears 5 multiplayer just got shown off, but The Coalition Studio Head Rod Fergusson has clarified that it wasn’t about that- it was actually something he personally wanted to do for a long time.

Taking to his personal Twitter, Rod Fergusson said it wasn’t just about eSports. In fact, he revealed something interesting that, as far as I know, wasn’t known. He’s actually been active in stripping back depictions of smoking before. Fergusson specifically pointed to a character in Gears of War 2 that had a cigarette in the concept art, but he put a stop to it being in the final game. So, apparently, this is something that’s been ongoing with the series- it’s just the first time they’ve chosen to make it an official policy.

Gears 5 will release on September 10th for Xbox One and PC. Just don’t hold out hope that anyone will light up a cigarette at this point, if you’re into that sort of thing anyway.


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