The Gears of War 3 ‘Horde Command Pack’ has been delayed due to some technical issues. Originally intended to release today, the pack featured new weapon skins, playable characters, horde mode fortifications, and three new maps.

While Epic Games didn’t go into specifics regarding the delay — citing only “technical issues” as the reason — we imagine it has something to do with delivering the content digitally to customers. What’s funny about all this is that most figure many pieces of the DLC pack are already on the disc, and were only held back to help bolster sales of the Gears 3 Season Pass.

According to Epic, they are working around the clock to have this launch snafu corrected, and will provide further information as soon as it is available. For most this won’t be too much of a big deal, but for those who purchased the Season Pass under the assumption the first release would take place on the 1st this does cause some problems.

Here’s the complete blurb from Epic:

The scheduled Horde Command Pack release for Gears of War 3 is temporarily delayed due to a technical issue. We apologize to those of you who are anxiously awaiting to play. We know this is disappointing news as we’ve seen a lot of posts today showing excitement for this content. We have folks working around the clock to resolve this issue ASAP so you can all play and enjoy the Command Pack.

The Epic Games Community team will stick around and keep you posted with any further information. Stay tuned for updates!

Sure, three new maps pale in comparison to the next DLC pack — which will feature an entirely new campaign mission, one that sees players taking on the role of Gears 1’s General Raam — and the new weapon skins have begun this generation’s version of horse armor, but the entire package was planned to keep gamers going strong in Gears amidst a handful of other highly anticipated multiplayer shooters.

If Epic can’t rectify their problems quickly, and get Horde Command out to the public quickly, they might miss out on the precise reason DLC exists: to give gamers an incentive to keep playing.  Of course, the problem could very well be corrected in a timely manner, making the gamer dissatisfaction being voiced in the Epic forums seem pointless.

Stay tuned to Game Rant for more news about the Horde Command Pack, including the DLC’s new release date.

Update: Thanks to the tireless efforts of Epic Games and Microsoft, the Gears of War 3 ‘Horde Command Pack’ is now available for download.

Gears of War 3 is available now for the Xbox 360.

Source: Epic Games Forums

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