The Coalition has confirmed that it will remove all references to smoking and tobacco from Gears 5. This is thanks to a new collaboration with the non-profit organization Truth Initiative that is devoted to eliminating smoking and tobacco usage. The two have worked together to remove references to this bad habit from the game.
Apparently, the Truth Initiative reached out to Turner, the company which has the broadcasting rights to the Gears 5 pro league and asked them to consider the change. And so The Coalition decided to eliminate all references related to smoking and tobacco usage from the game. Microsoft says that this decision was made entirely by The Coalition.
The Coalition boss Rod Fergusson says that “I’ve seen firsthand the devastating impact of smoking,” and that it has always been important to him to not use smoking as a narrative device. This is why they have made the choice to “avoid highlighting or glorifying smoking in Gears 5 and throughout the Gears of War Universe moving forward.”
It has taken a few months, so maybe there were quite a few references to smoking and tobacco usage in the game. Gears 5 will release on September 10th 2019 for the Xbox One and PC.
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