When Microsoft and Epic Games announced the $30 Season Pass for Gears of War 3 in August, the game's first batch of downloadable content was promised to arrive in November. Microsoft is wasting no time fulfilling that promise, today scheduling the Horde Command Pack to arrive November 1 on Xbox Live.
The 800 MS point ($10) Horde-themed content includes three new maps, three new playable characters, new fortification upgrades, a pair of new weapon skins, and 250 additional gamerscore to acquire. The Horde Command Pack will download automatically on November 1 for those who purchased the Gears of War Season Pass.
The Blood Drive map is set in the Jacinto Medical Plaza, an evacuated region that morphed from a safety zone to a "dangerous inferno." Rustlung is set on a decommissioned battleship, and Azura takes gamers to an island resort that has seen better days.
The first of the new fortification upgrades in the Horde Command Pack is Command Center, a tool that lets gamers call in support from snipers, mortar strikes, and Hammers of Dawn. Other new fortification upgrades included in the DLC are advancements to Decoy, Sentry, and Silverback fortifications.
The three new playable characters included in the Horde Command Pack are Onyx Guard, Big Rig Dizzy, and Bernie. And finally, the new weapon skins available to gamers in the DLC will be Team Plasma and Jungle Camo.
The Horde Command Pack is the first of four DLC packs scheduled to arrive for Gears of War 3 in the coming months. Players can purchase the Gears of War 3 Season Pass today for 2,400 MS points ($30) on Xbox Live. If purchased separately, those packs will cost players 3,600 Microsoft points ($45).
Gears of War 3 was released worldwide on September 20 and sold more than 3 million units during its first week. For more on Epic Games' third-person shooter, check out GameSpot's review of Gears of War 3.