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“Horde Command Pack” DLC Announced for Gears of War 3

Gears of War 3 has certainly hit the ground running,
selling more than three million copies in its first week on the shelves.  With that in mind, it’s unsurprising that
Epic Games have announced the first piece of downloadable content for the game
to be released on November 1st, to keep that momentum going.

According
to the press release, the ‘Horde Command Pack’ will introduce ‘three explosive
new maps, three new playable characters, two new weapon skins, and additional
achievements worth 250 Gamerscore’ as well as ‘new fortification upgrades to
help you mow down the Lambent and Locust threats in the fan-favorite Horde mode.’  The focus, then, is on expanding the
multiplayer component of the game, something that will surely go down well with
the legions of Gears of War multiplayer fanatics.  The new maps in particular are described in
detail:

Blood Drive (pictured above) – The Jacinto
Medical Plaza was overwhelmed by evacuated citizens after the
government-sanctioned Hammer Strikes, and the ensuing riots quickly turned this
safe haven into a dangerous inferno. An abundance of high ground and funneled
choke points make this map a returning favorite to Horde.
Rustlung – Once
the pride of the Royal Tyran Navy, the foredecks of this decommissioned
battleship are now riddled with bullet holes. Any team with the fortitude to
hold the exposed central torpedo bay will find that the ship’s Loader has been
replaced with a battle-ready Silverback mech suit.
Azura (pictured below) – This
island resort was once the exclusive domain of Sera’s educated elite, but the
tranquil water gardens and lush foliage have become a hotly contested combat
zone. Dual snipers overlook a powerful explosive weapon, while the defensive
central platform may be your last resort of retreat.

The
press release also mentions ‘new campaign and multiplayer content’ to come ‘later
this winter’, which is surely an encouraging thought for anyone who’s already
completed the single-player campaign. 
Check out the Horde Command Pack for 800 Microsoft Points on November 1st!

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