Operation 1 brings General Raam, the Deebee and more.
The free characters are the COG Gear, the Deebee, the Warden and General RAAM. The first two characters are the good guys, while the latter two are for the Swarm.
The new characters are free but do require a bit of grinding to unlock — The Coalition estimates it’ll take around ten hours of play to unlock each new character, though they can also be instantly unlocked for 500 Iron. The earned unlocks are through a Totem system; only one Totem/character can be worked on at a time.
You can read more on the new characters’ abilities in Arcade mode here.
Moreover, a $20 USD paid bundle includes Grace and the Terminator Rev-9 model from Terminator: Dark Fate.
Gears 5 is available now on Windows PC and Xbox One.