I was playing Gears 5 the other day, and went into Horde mode, trying it out on Beginner Difficulty.
My squad of 5 included 4 other random players online.
At wave 42/50, we all died for the first time, the game allowed us to continue, and spawned us in again at wave 42/50.
However, all 4 of my "teammates" promptly left and didn't try again.
Thinking I had no chance at killing the final boss on wave 50 by myself, I decided I might as well leave the game as well.
I pressed start, and the only options were Resume, Options, and Leave Game.
I selected Leave Game, and when I got back to the menu screen, the after action report showed 0 EXP gained.
I was certainly disheartened after all that time to not gain any experience.
Did I do anything wrong? Is there a way for me to still gain EXP for my character if my whole squad decides to leave me for dead on a high round?