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Hidden Fronts map pack soon free; Microsoft peripherals dated; NCsoft's MMOG hits the skids.

Gears bonus arenas gratis on September 3
Despite Epic Games' original intention of releasing it for free from the get-go, the Hidden Fronts Map Pack featuring four arenas for Gears of War have been available on Xbox Live for 800 Microsoft points ($10) since May. However, Epic vice president Mark Rein did note that the maps would eventually be made free, and true to word, Microsoft today sent word that the map pack will be available free of charge come September 3. Microsoft also noted that since release, the Hidden Fronts map pack has garnered nearly 500,000 downloads and is the number-one premium download on the service.

Halo 3 accessories join Messenger Kit on September 4
Microsoft announced today that the previously revealed Xbox 360 Messenger Kit and Halo 3-centric peripherals will all be available September 4. The Messenger Kit, a QWERTY-style miniature keypad that plugs into the Xbox 360 controller, will retail for $29.99. Microsoft's limited edition Halo 3 Wireless Controllers featuring the artwork of Spawn creator Todd McFarlane will run for $59.99, and the Spartan green-and-gold Xbox 360 Wireless Headset will cost aspiring Master Chiefs $59.99.

Auto Assault towed off tonight
As reported in July, NCsoft will be shuttering its ill-fated massively multiplayer online game Auto Assault tonight. According to a post on the game's Web site, "Friday night we'll be doing all sorts of nutty things in-game--whatever you request, we'll try to make happen. Most of the fun will be in and around Ground Zero (don't worry if you don't have a high-level character, we'll boost you), but we'll be doing other stuff all around the game." The vehicular mayhem game's last hurrah will begin around 7 p.m. Pacific.

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172 comments
lilfrightmare
lilfrightmare

Downloaded the maps yesterday, but havent had chance to play them yet, hope there good!

monk117
monk117

Yeah the entire Auto Assault idea was really good, it's such a shame that it didn't do too well, i really enjoyed playing it. Hopefully something else similar will be released at some point. On the bright side....Halo 3 sooooon!!!

NeoDragonX
NeoDragonX

Cool I just read this notice and i'm getting the maps as I'm writing this. Awesome!

PrivateJessard
PrivateJessard

I might actually buy one of those Halo 3 controllers since I only have 2 controllers for my 360 and I love Halo.

Ninja_RaVeN
Ninja_RaVeN

I feel sorry that Auto Assult had to shut down... it was a good idea...

SteveTwo
SteveTwo

GoW blew up my 360 too. WITH AWSOMENESS!

gevans1989
gevans1989

GOW blew up my first 360, HALO 3 is over rated and auto assault is crap, we want news on mass effect, assassins creed and GTA 4......

Thelmen
Thelmen

the new gears maps are great

anobleloss
anobleloss

how can you comment on his parenting skills with the name free loader. dude get your life together. halo 3 is going to be legendary...and once that game drops every game before and after it will become irrelevent to me for a looongggg time

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

Yessss I made it without paying for the GOW maps. Kept myself busy wth other games.... now time to jump back online with the new Free maps!

dbeddow
dbeddow

fr33_loader Hey boss, not steppin over your parenting skills but Halo for your 8 year old kid? Shooting and killing be it aliens or what not is still shooting and killing. I cant wait for your kid to start yapping and squealing online too. I heard Manhunt 2 is better but he has to be 9 y.o. to play it though. Get him the axe/chainsaw controller combo for extra $3 more. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Manhunt 2 and Halo3 are worlds apart dude...you are comparing apples to oranges and your argument is way overstretched. You know Jack Thompson personally? You actually believe video games make killers? Although, I do like your controller idea, that sounds awesome.

Zcrimson07
Zcrimson07

lol fr33_loader shooting aliens at 8yo isnt what makes a killer. abuse/molestation and mental illnesses makes a killer. and it most definitely seems like valkron likes his kid.

Ric_SlayeR
Ric_SlayeR

wooo.... more accessories for the xbox 360 what a surprise more ways to steal our money. I wish I could back in time and buy a PS3. Now or I will never get one or 4 or 5 years later I can get one at a cheap price.

ftjx
ftjx

why isn't there a decent keyboard/mouse for the x360 WHY

Targzissian
Targzissian

I guess I should uninstall Auto Assault sometime. I've saved all my screen shots. Now maybe the former Auto Assault players will be moving to Tabula Rasa, which may be one reason why NCsoft decided to shut it down.

ebookerd1
ebookerd1

can't wait for the messenger Kit!! I hate having my head set on when I'm playing single player games to talk to people. This is a month to be remembered. Sept 25 a day that will live in infamy!! HALO 3

PelekotansDream
PelekotansDream

Yeah that GEARs Map Pack is amazing. They better than the original maps.

fr33_loader
fr33_loader

Valkron1 For those who complain about the cost of the wireless headset for the 360, I got Warhawk for $60 for the PS3 and I wonder if I'll ever use the included blue-tooth headset in the game. Almost nobody does. The game is a good game, but communicating and even trying to join a match is a major pain. I wish I could have just spent more for MS Live and had good communication and easy game joining. Oh well, in a couple of weeks I'll be playing Halo 3. I promised my 8yo son that I would get him the Covenant controller, it's only $10 more so its not a rip off. It looks cool and it will get used more than the flushable blue tooth communicator. ------------------------------- Hey boss, not steppin over your parenting skills but Halo for your 8 year old kid? Shooting and killing be it aliens or what not is still shooting and killing. I cant wait for your kid to start yapping and squealing online too. I heard Manhunt 2 is better but he has to be 9 y.o. to play it though. Get him the axe/chainsaw controller combo for extra $3 more.

Valkron1
Valkron1

For those who complain about the cost of the wireless headset for the 360, I got Warhawk for $60 for the PS3 and I wonder if I'll ever use the included blue-tooth headset in the game. Almost nobody does. The game is a good game, but communicating and even trying to join a match is a major pain. I wish I could have just spent more for MS Live and had good communication and easy game joining. Oh well, in a couple of weeks I'll be playing Halo 3. I promised my 8yo son that I would get him the Covenant controller, it's only $10 more so its not a rip off. It looks cool and it will get used more than the flushable blue tooth communicator.

Mavrickz115
Mavrickz115

Absolute, You mean, Wake you up when September ends? xDD

TheRooskie
TheRooskie

If you don't have a high level character, they will boost you? Props to NCSoft. I wish more developers had the balls to end a failed MMO on good terms. No really... I truly respect those guys.

solo4321
solo4321

sept 25th halo woooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

sancezz
sancezz

Wooo, free map packs! started playing Gears online after I discovered player matches - Ranked Matches really turned me off before, full of annoying little kids and frnakly I wasn't good enough - but that was before BioShock came out. That game is still raping me atm...on my 5th playthrough now...damn addictiveness.

jknight5422
jknight5422

Maybe they should've tried putting Auto Assault on the 360? The 360 could use a few decent MMO games.

Absolutezerr
Absolutezerr

Man, I wish I could just fall asleep for a few weeks... and wake up on the morning of the 25th.

Chargrilled
Chargrilled

shame auto assault had to close. it was ok. dont know why they didnt open it up completely free-for-all with a store to buy things from with real money, like a lot of f2p mmo's are doing. and quite successfully aswell.

kyuubileon
kyuubileon

Awsome. Too bad i can't go online.

cosmothehound
cosmothehound

i wish i had auto assault for that. was it good.

S2333
S2333

That would be cool for Auto Assault. I never got a chance to try it but it sounded fun but it also empty so that's sorta why I shyed away from it. Sounds fun though.

jknight5422
jknight5422

Sure glad I didn't buy those Gears maps. I can't believe people are still playing that one game. Sucks about Auto Assault, I was hoping it would have promise, but I never got a chance to try it.

playstation_wii
playstation_wii

Jeez. Finally the acessories are coming out! Everyone has probably forgotten about this if it wasn't for GameSpot.

xmg0
xmg0

everyone will buy those just because it halo 3! ill just stick to the cheap version of the game.

glitchgeeman
glitchgeeman

Ha, what NCsoft is doing for Auto Assault is pretty cool. More MMO's should do that when they go offline.

ilootin
ilootin

its sept 4th in canada and the gow maps aint free yet

Thorpe89
Thorpe89

Can't wait for these to be free. 800 points right now here in UK. :(

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

Should have been but weren't. Maybe if the map downloads triple what they did when they cost money Microsoft will decide not to charge in future ventures.

MChammertime05
MChammertime05

the maps should have been free in the first place...

gamerguy31315
gamerguy31315

"I've never played Auto Assault, and apparently it isn't that great, but it's still pretty cool how the developers and making it go out with a bang." yea when they closed down asherons call 2 they had some big thing at this one spot in the game and i think one of the devs spawned one of the big bosses and everyone left like killed it or something. then the world shut down.

The_Weekend
The_Weekend

Halo and Gears of war ... anyone can smell the movies coming ?

Rebelyell7
Rebelyell7

Man, M$ charges and arm and a leg for their accessories, glad i went with sony.