First Gears 3 DLC announced, detailed

The first round of Gears of War 3 add-ons has been announced, detailed, dated and priced; The Horde Command Pack will be out next month, on November 1st, for 800 Microsoft Points.

Three new maps, three new playable characters and two new weapon skins are included, along with new Horde fortifications and an additional 250 Gamerscore to earn. Catch all the details below:


  • Blood Drive – 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 favourite 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 – 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.

Fortification upgrades:

  • Command Center – A brand new type of fortification that allows you to call in fire support from sniper teams, mortar strikes and even multiple Hammers of Dawn.
  • Decoy Upgrade – A new fortification level that turns your decoy into an Onyx Guard bot that will fight in your defense.
  • Sentry Upgrade – This upgrade adds a fire bolt sentry that deals much more damage and is very effective against Berserkers.
  • Silverback Upgrade – This advancement allows you to upgrade your Silverback exo-suit with devastating rockets and extra levels of repair cost reduction.


  • Onyx Guard
  • Big Rig Dizzy
  • Bernie

Weapon skins:

  • Team Plasma
  • Jungle Camo

The maps are also playable in Beast as well as privately hosted Versus matches. Catch the first screens in the gallery.