Gears of War 3 - DLC 1, Booster Pack Announced, Double XP & Alpha Playlist!

2nd November 2011 - Some cool announcements were made by Epic Games in relation to the awesome Gears of War 3! Read below for the lowdown!


"Today marked the release of the first DLC for Gears of War 3, “The Horde Command Pack.”  The add-on includes three new maps, three new playable characters, two new weapon skins and additional achievements worth 250 Gamerscore. The Horde Command pack also includes new fortification upgrades in the fan-favorite Horde mode. The add-on is available for 800 Microsoft points or for automatic download for consumers who have purchased the Gears of War 3 Season Pass.

Versus Booster Map Pack

On November 24th, Epic Games will release a free downloadable content pack for Gears of War 3. The “Versus Booster Map Pack” adds two more maps for online play. The new maps include “Bullet Marsh” and “Clocktower”, two old favorites from the first Gears of War. The other three are the new maps from the “Horde Command Pack: Azura, Rustlung, and Blood Drive. All maps will be available on public matchmaking via dedicated servers.


The Alpha Playlist

Alpha is a new playlist incorporated into Gears of War 3 that offers players a familiar, yet different experience from our standard playlists. Here is a breakdown from Epic Games‘ Level Designer Quinn DelHoyo:


Team Size:  4

Gametypes:  Team Deathmatch, King of the Hill, Execution

Loadout:  Lancer/Gnasher

Weapon Pick-ups:  Default with the some custom swaps.

Weapon Respawn:  Set to “After Pick-up” with quicker respawn times.


Quinn explains, “Something to keep in mind here is that this is only the first version of Alpha and the success or failure of this playlist is predicated upon how much you (the community) play and contribute to it.  So please provide feedback and let us know what you would like to see happen with Alpha”


We hope you enjoy the new Alpha playlist. Please visit to discuss the playlist with Quinn.


Gears of War 3 Double XP!

We are starting an XP event today at 6:00 PM EST that will run through November 14th at 9:00 AM EST. You’ll get DOUBLE XP in all gametypes, so now is the time to rank up and get those unlocks!"