Gears of War DLC to be free

Developers at Epic Games say, "We always take care of our customers; we always give them stuff for free"; details on shooter's downloadable content still a mystery.

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Given Gears of Wars' success and its pedigree, downloadable content for the game isn't so much a question of if it will happen as when it will happen. Back in August, Epic Games vice president Mark Rein admitted that the studio was already planning downloadable content, but he wouldn't go into specifics.

Epic has been very tight-lipped about what it has planned for the shooter on Xbox Live Marketplace, but now we know one fairly important detail--the content will be free.

Speaking with Spike TV after the network's Video Game Awards (where Gears won four awards), Epic Games president Mike Capps was asked about how the company was going to keep Gears a top seller. He quickly replied, "We always take care of our customers, we always give them stuff for free, and we're going to keep doing that forever. That's how we do it. This is Epic."

He added that the content had been in development long before the game was released but did not divulge a timetable of when it will be released.

For more information on Gears of War, read GameSpot's review.

Discussion

521 comments
jmartin1016
jmartin1016

I remember Cliffy B. stating in one of his earlier interviews that there would be 10 multi-player maps at launch, however the game only came with 8 maps. More than likely these last 2 maps will be available for download at some point. I do not understand what is taking them so long to release them considering it sounded like they would be ready on Nov. 7 Hopefully they're taking their time to ensure that they will meet the same grade the rest of the package has maintained

Nate2583
Nate2583

Does anyone have any idea what will be available to Download??Maps??Weapons??

uspinmeround18
uspinmeround18

lighthammer - first of all, please speak English. Second of all, no one's going to say they're running on dial-up since Xbox Live is broadband-only, and third of all I have 8meg broadband and I'm forever being kicked out of games. There is a host option to kick whoever they please at any time. So STFU... LAWL LAWL ZOMG... ZOMG LAWL!!!!!!!

niptuckSean
niptuckSean

I really can't wait much longer for the Content, I really hope it doesn't take much longer.

lighthammer323
lighthammer323

i just wanna say somthing to the people who get booted out of games and lag alot in GOW get a better internet cause ive had the game since E-day and have not beed kick out of lost connection in one came so just stfu you either suck at the game and say its cause of lag or your running on dial up ZOMG dial up .... LAWL LAWL .... who has dial up these days ... ZOMG LAWL

Ninja_Kinshu
Ninja_Kinshu

We need more players per game. 4 per side? Whatever, give us 8 per side.

PLAYBOY54769
PLAYBOY54769

what the hell is taking so long for the gears free DLC!! HURRY UP!!

Fire_Cod
Fire_Cod

We need a proper free-for-all DM mode and a CTF mode... Hell, Id pay 2000 points for it :) BRING ON THE CONTENT!!!!

AgileNate
AgileNate

Finally a company willing to satisfy gamers without opening their wallets. I heart Epic Games : [) EDIT: This is gunna bring my rating for this game higher.

al
al

i am very pleased to hear of new content, however the staff at epic really need to fine tune their multiplayer server, the same functions in player match need to be implemented in ranked matches as well. also we should not have to rely on private channel in order to link up in ranked matches. in the past week and a half ialso seem to be getting kicked out of matches saying that the connection rate "fell" way below normal. i pay to play, that is the only dislike about the game. your online server should and could run much better.

pikadeth
pikadeth

I don't own a 360 or care about shooters, but it's refreshing to see a company that cares about it's consumers.

riandro
riandro

i would like it SOON as ive played the game to death

Cook66
Cook66

Thats nice, too bad I didn't like the game.

ultimate_zero
ultimate_zero

thats cool, can't wait until i get the content.

xerxes5678
xerxes5678

I like to see new maps and game modes, an Assault-style mode would be nice. Oh, and more character skins! (Add some UT guys!)

Toe_Boy
Toe_Boy

Epic has always been very generous. Map packs, skins, mutators... Can't wait to see the new gow content.

highflyer01
highflyer01

gears of war was such a short game makes this great news,...I was wondering tho,...on the hardest level of difficulty,..is there any extra content or is it just harder?

maverickexe
maverickexe

Epic has always been a good company, thus the reason I love the unreal series so much, free things to keep the games fresh.

darkdaej
darkdaej

gears doesnt need a story, to sum it up, gears is a testosterone-filled macho guys' game. It's so popular only because its been eons since we had a good game for testosterone-filled guys XD

greenyboy411
greenyboy411

They could add via DLC the one thing that Gears lacked; A story!!!!

alienware7
alienware7

It is actually not because they sold 2 million copies that the new content will be free. This has always been the case with Epic. Tim Sweeney and the crew are just that good to their customers. Just look at Unreal Tournament for an example. They were always adding new features and more maps for those games. What was the cost....FREE!!! :)

Myke_Kreed
Myke_Kreed

It's official. Epic games are now my heroes. Right now they could probably charge anything they want for DLC. But instead they choose to make it free. That tells me theese guys are more about making games than money.

Just_Desert
Just_Desert

The only good reason DLC is free is because the game it self has sold over 2 million copies. They have enough revenue and their throwing you a bone.

Tungsten88
Tungsten88

They need to add campaign content and some new weapons would be nice too. But what we really need is new multiplayer modes! Come on Epic, just stick in some UT stuff and it'll be all good.

gmayronne
gmayronne

I think another area or two in campaign mode would be nice. Multiplayer maps, DUH!!! we all knew those were coming. I couple new weapons could be kinda nifty.

mynameisern
mynameisern

if they do add new campaine content it should be the events that land fenix in prison. i thought the game would at least start when the locust first emerge, unless there saving that for the next game

supaguy
supaguy

we love you epic, as that is what you truely are. It show's that not all companys are faceless, money hungry *********

Slice267
Slice267

On a side note: I think we should all do our best to support Epic now and in the future to put pressure on companies like EA to stop charging all this money for downloadable content.

Slice267
Slice267

I LOVE EPIC... thank God there is a developer who understands how much money gamer's must spend. I hope it is new maps and a few new multiplayer modes. Maybe expand the single player with Co-op like G.R.A.W did.

-HCMF-
-HCMF-

AMEN. Now only if the id10t's at EA would see this.... Madden you tight a...

WWIAB
WWIAB

EXPAND THE SINGLE PLAYER MODE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

sailingmanuel
sailingmanuel

That is great news! Hope others will follow there lead.

jdhoff
jdhoff

Lets just hope Microsoft and other game developers learn from this. Charging for content on XBL is BS!!! We paid 400 for the system, 50 a month for XBL abd 60 a game!!!! Lets have more free s@%^ Microsoft instead of draining our funds everytime a new game comes out. As far as I'm concerned everything including the gold membership should be free.

sancezz
sancezz

Team king of the hill would be interesting in Gears. Like that level - Fish in a Barrel. A group of people defending against an everlasting wave of opponents. That's what Gears is all about. Sign me up.

Dryker
Dryker

Be careful what you wish for.... new maps or additional campaign levels would be innocent enough, but weapons and game modes are treading in dangerous territory. What I think alot of gamers don't realize is that less can be more. I personally attribute Gears of War and Halo's success to this very concept. Halo 2, although a good game, didn't have the well balanced gameplay its predecessor did, there was too much to it. I lost interest in Halo 2 far sooner than I did with Halo. New maps = cool. New campaign = cool. New "catch phrases" in game = cool. Expanding what already is well tested and balanced... um, well, except for maybe those damn tagging Grenadiers.

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

Well it's nice to see not everyone's exploiting their fans. Granted, when you sell 2 million copies, you can be a bit generous. Still, no chance in hell EA would ever do this.

Linkin_Park28
Linkin_Park28

nice, hope it's some sweet stuff. Probably new multiplayer maps. I hoping for some new weapons.