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  • Gears 5 Will Eliminate Depictions of Smoking

    July 13th, 2019GamespotUncategorized

    Gears of War developer, The Coalition, is looking to eliminate any depictions of smoking in Gears 5, whether it is cigarettes or cigars. This is according to The Coalition studio head Rod Fergusson who spoke with Variety.

    This is after not-for-profit anti-smoking organization Truth Initiative approached Turner, whose ELeague esports division has broadcast rights to the game. Turner worked with the developer of the game to remove smoking from it.

    "I’ve seen firsthand the devastating impact of smoking," said Fergusson. "It’s always been important for me to not use smoking as a narrative device, which is why we made the conscious choice to avoid highlighting or glorifying smoking in Gears 5 and throughout the Gears of War Universe moving forward."

    Previous Gears of War titles have included a handful of scenes with tobacco use. The removal of tobacco use in Hears 5 has been in the works for months, according to Seth Ladetsky, senior VP at Turner Sports Sales and head of Turner Sports Digital and ELeague sales strategy and revenue.

    "This took a lot of time and a lot of good thinking," said Ladetsky. "It’s the right image for ELeague — and the game itself — to project."

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

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