Gears of War 3 Horde Command Pack Available Nov. 1

Today Microsoft and Epic Games announced the Horde Command Pack game add-on for Gears of War 3 is launching Nov. 1.

While you review the high rez screen shots I’ve posted, here are the details directly from the press release (with my emphasis) :

Taking you deeper into the fight with three explosive new maps, three new playable characters, two new weapon skins, and additional achievements worth 250 Gamerscore, the Horde Command Pack also includes new fortification upgrades to help you mow down the Lambent and Locust threats in the fan-favorite Horde mode.

Available for 800 Microsoft Points or for download automatically to consumers who have purchased the “Gears of War 3” Season Pass, which entitles you to the game’s first four game add-ons at a 33 percent discount, the Horde Command Pack includes:

Three spectacular new maps:

  •  Blood Drive – The Jacinto Medical Plaza was overwhelmed by evacuated citizens after the government-sanctioned Hammer Strikes, and the ensuing riots quickly turned this safe haven into a dangerous inferno. An abundance of high ground and funneled choke points make this map a returning favorite to Horde.
  • Rustlung – Once the pride of the Royal Tyran Navy, the foredecks of this decommissioned battleship are now riddled with bullet holes. Any team with the fortitude to hold the exposed central torpedo bay will find that the ship’s Loader has been replaced with a battle-ready Silverback mech suit.
  • Azura – This island resort was once the exclusive domain of Sera’s educated elite, but the tranquil water gardens and lush foliage have become a hotly contested combat zone. Dual snipers overlook a powerful explosive weapon, while the defensive central platform may be your last resort of retreat.

New fortification upgrades:

  • Command Center – A brand new type of fortification that allows you to call in fire support from sniper teams, mortar strikes and even multiple Hammers of Dawn.
  • Decoy Upgrade – A new fortification level that turns your decoy into an Onyx Guard bot that will fight in your defense.
  • Sentry Upgrade – This upgrade adds a fire bolt sentry that deals much more damage and is very effective against Berserkers.
  • Silverback Upgrade – This advancement allows you to upgrade your Silverback exo-suit with devastating rockets and extra levels of repair cost reduction.

New characters:

  • Onyx Guard
  • Big Rig Dizzy
  • Bernie

New weapon skins:

  • Team Plasma
  • Jungle Camo

Also playable in Beast mode and privately hosted Versus matches, the Horde Command Pack promises to extend your “Gears of War 3” experience with countless hours of multiplayer mayhem on Xbox LIVE.

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Comments

  • http://twitter.com/SSaadSaleem Saad Saleem

    awesome.

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  • http://twitter.com/SSaadSaleem Saad Saleem

    awesome.

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  • http://twitter.com/Navarin Bennijin Turbo

    Meh.

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  • http://twitter.com/Bradski1119 Brad D

    Looks sick!

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  • http://twitter.com/Bradski1119 Brad D

    Looks sick!

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  • Anonymous

    Please tell me that new achievements have not been added… paying for achievements is not a good model to get people to buy your products. That is the reason to why I never purchased the Halo Reach Maps and the Gears of War 2 maps.

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    • http://twitter.com/Dninja Scott Hickman

      It clearly says 250 extra gamerscore.

      Actually, paying for gamerscore is a great model, look at sites like x360a and Achievement Hunter, they eat this stuff up and as a result money gets thrown at the content.

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      • Anonymous

        You’re right, I overlooked that. It looks like a no buy for me. No big, I’m not big on multiplayer anyways.

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      • http://twitter.com/The_Dukenator Mark

        But like I said, there is a sp deleted scene available.

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      • http://twitter.com/The_Dukenator Mark

        But like I said, there is a sp deleted scene available.

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    • http://twitter.com/The_Dukenator Mark

      It includes a deleted scene in one of its map packs.  All Fronts is the way to go plus when you play mp they might be on maps you don’t have..

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  • Anonymous

    Please tell me that new achievements have not been added… paying for achievements is not a good model to get people to buy your products. That is the reason to why I never purchased the Halo Reach Maps and the Gears of War 2 maps.

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  • http://twitter.com/Hallonrobot Aron Strandberg

    “and privately hosted Versus matches”Do you mean it’s not available in regular versus?

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  • http://twitter.com/BTHRZeroX BTHR Zero X

    Yeah these arn’t new, they are already on the disc its not DLC at all

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  • http://twitter.com/PrestonNorthLad David Casey

    How would this work with online Horde teaming up with people who have not purchased the pack – does it mean the pack purchasers cannot play with unpurchased gamers?

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  • http://twitter.com/PrestonNorthLad David Casey

    How would this work with online Horde teaming up with people who have not purchased the pack – does it mean the pack purchasers cannot play with unpurchased gamers?

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    • http://twitter.com/Dninja Scott Hickman

      It’ll probably be part of an extra playlist for those with the DLC or like in Halo Reach, the matchmaking won’t offer the map as a choice if someone in the lobby doesn’t have it.

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    • Anonymous

      if your on about the fortications it properly means you can upgrade to your level but they can’t like it’s all ways been

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000081692800 Iskandar Dzulkarnain

    Looking forward to this actually. Horde’s been great to me. 

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  • Anonymous

    This is so soon that I wonder why this maps and other goods aren’t already on the game on launch date….  

    Add-ons are supposed to “refresh” the joy of playing a game, to give to it a breath of life…

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  • http://www.facebook.com/damianjansen Damian Jansen

    I want. Azura looks so nice.

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  • http://twitter.com/0wde Dave Palmer-Johnson

    Nothing there for me, even though I have it on the disc already. Bad, bad practise Epic.

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  • http://twitter.com/Meiyer89 Andrew Johnston

    Sorry… anyone else read the fine print? “Also playable in Beast mode and privately hosted Versus matches” Is this saying that there won’t be a social or ranked playlist for the 3 new maps??? Cuz on top of everything else that will fry my buzz.

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    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Adam-Collins/1361035090 Adam Collins

      no, that comment is for the character skins and weapon skins…

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      • Anonymous

        That’s not what it says. It says “Command Post Pack”, as in the entire pack, including maps.

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      • Anonymous

        That’s not what it says. It says “Command Post Pack”, as in the entire pack, including maps.

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  • Anonymous

    Maybe it should have 1 or 2 flashback maps added, and some kind of new game modes, like classic horde or “Human lambents overrun!” in a Left for dead-like game mode.

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  • http://twitter.com/worldpattern Rick Kump

    I love playing Horde/Beast and hate playing public Versus, so this makes me happy.  FU shotgun ninjas!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/HansjeNL86 Stefan van den Berg

    Not playable in regular versus?
    I regret buying the season pass!
    What a bunch of BS!
    Whats next? a second piece of DLC  that will unlock it for regular versus?
    I’m looking forward for downloading the remaining 160kb!

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    • Benjo

      I think they just don’t want to have to create a million different playlists like they did in Gears 2 before All Fronts came out.

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      • http://www.facebook.com/HansjeNL86 Stefan van den Berg

        The maps are there, they are making the playlist for horde mode, so why not for regular versus?
        I don’t like horde mode that much, so this map pack has no value to me.
        I was expecting new MP maps, too bad i already paid for the season pass…
        I could have saved the 33% discount by not buying this package.

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      • Benjo

        I hear your point. I’m a huge Horde fan that has a consistent group that I play with, so this is perfect for me.

        There’s definitely some challenges for people who are into versus multiplayer.

        It really wouldn’t be to hard to create a vs. playlist for DLC at this point.  Also, why couldn’t they just build in that it only connects you to matches where people have the same map set as you.

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      • http://www.facebook.com/HansjeNL86 Stefan van den Berg

        The maps are there, they are making the playlist for horde mode, so why not for regular versus?
        I don’t like horde mode that much, so this map pack has no value to me.
        I was expecting new MP maps, too bad i already paid for the season pass…
        I could have saved the 33% discount by not buying this package.

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  • Anonymous

    I bought the pass an eventhough the stuff is locked on the disk I’m happy to hear they added  250 achievements to it

    Sometimes they charge for stuff locked on the disk without achievements

    But least you know if there achievements involved work has been done to it an the people who worked on it need paying

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  • Benjo

    Can’t wait for this.  Looks so amazing.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=36819209 David Ellis

    This should be available in Public Versus!

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  • http://twitter.com/williamronholm Anonymous

    Really surprised and really really excited that it wasn’t just a three map, map pack.. This is awesome! Epic never disappoints.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Peter-van-Dam/100000713945783 Peter van Dam

    Hi Major,

    Like others i’m with the same question about how this dlc works for online versus? Can I play, with friend or other people ONLINE who have this DLC on the new maps or can I not.

    I know some folks below tried answering, but I need facts not guesses. If it’s just local-only, i’m glad that I didn’t purchase the season pass.

    Thanks!

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  • Anonymous

    How come the comments about this being on-disc DLC are getting deleted? Why am I paying again for something I already bought? Horrible policy. I love Gears of War, Epic’s games and the 360, but that’s truly something Epic and Microsoft should be ashamed of.

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    • Anonymous

      My comment never got deleted

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    • Anonymous

      My comment never got deleted

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    • Anonymous

      My comment never got deleted

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