When Epic Games hit a little snag with the launch of their first Gears of War 3 DLC Pack ‘Horde Command,’ we predicted that the developer would need to do a little “apologizing” in order to win gamers back into their favor, and, as it turns out, we were right.
Just unveiled is the ‘Versus Booster Pack,’ which gives gamers not just the three maps that shipped with ‘Horde Command (Azura, Blood Drive, and Rust Lung), but also two favorites from the first Gears, Swamp and Clocktower.
The pack doesn’t, however, launch until later this month, November 24th to be exact, so those gamers who did purchase the Gears 3 Season Pass will still retain their early access. But, for the rest of us, this is a chance to bolster the Gears 3 multiplayer experience with five new maps, at no extra cost.
The other elements of the Horde Command Pack – the new weapon skins, characters, and horde fortifications – will remain paid pieces of DLC (at least for now), so don’t feel completely at a loss if you’ve already picked up the first DLC pack. It actually seems like, despite a feeling that Epic Games was going for a serious cash grab, that they are providing their fans with decent content regardless of how much they’ve paid.
And don’t forget that later this year will see the release of ‘Raam’s Shadow,’ the first campaign DLC for Gears 3, which has players taking on the role of the Locust General during Gears of War 1.
In fact, the same Versus Booster Pack announcement revealed that Raam’s Shadow, on top of adding three additional hours of gameplay, will deliver six new multiplayer characters, more weapon skins, and 250 points of Gamerscore to Gears 3. This is going to be the DLC that justifies ownership of the Season Pass.
While the Horde Command launch problems were only short lived (the pack is available now), we hope that this Versus Booster Pack releases without a hitch.
Are there any Season Pass holders who are disappointed by the Versus Booster Pack announcement? Will you hold off on purchasing Horde Command since a free map pack is not far off?
Gears of War 3 ‘Versus Booster Pack’ releases November 24, 2011 and ‘Raam’s Shadow’ releases December 13, 2011 exclusively for the Xbox 360.
Source: Epic Games