The second “Judgment” Map Pack explores the darker side of the “Gears” universe, with three bone-chilling maps, the new “Master at Arms” multiplayer mode and exclusive digital rewards

Microsoft and Epic Studios today announced the second expansion in the “Gears of War: Judgment” multiplayer experience, the Call to Arms Map Pack, coming to VIP Season Pass holders on Tuesday, April 23 via Xbox LIVE, and available worldwide April 30. Developed by Epic Games and People Can Fly, the Call to Arms Map Pack brings players three new multiplayer maps, a brand-new mode called “Master at Arms,” and six armor and gun skins for customizing your characters and weapons.

Set against the backdrop of the Locust invasion of Halvo Bay, all three new maps provide a mix of close quarters and vertical combat, keeping Gearheads immersed in the action. The Call to Arms Map Pack provides 10 new Achievements worth a total of 250 Gamerscore.

For more information on the Call to Arms Map Pack, please visit the “Gears of War” community site epicgames.com/community. Full descriptions of the new maps and mode are below:

New Maps:

· Terminal: The speed and ferocity of the Locust invasion took Halvo Bay completely by surprise. Residents scrambled to evacuate by every means possible, and COG forces were called in to maintain order as martial law was enforced. However, the Locust showed no mercy, and gave no quarter; they swept through train terminals like this one to take advantage of the close quarters and sheer number of defenseless humans trapped within its walls. Sometimes, COG forces could hold the line long enough for a final evacuation, but too many lost their lives in defense of the people and the land they loved.

· Blood Drive: As casualties started to mount, the staff at Halvo Memorial quickly began what would become the largest triage effort in the history of Sera. Their “Give Blood Today” campaign inspired a global blood drive in support of COG forces and wounded civilians. Sadly, Halvo fell quickly, and the hospital became a battlefront instead of a sanctuary. The seed of hope was planted, however, and government-run Memorial hospitals across the country mobilized to keep the effort alive until Jacinto Memorial was the last standing bastion of hope for the people of Sera.

· Boneyard: The concept of traditional memorial services had to be suspended due to the constant stream and alarming volume of casualties as Sera fell victim to the Locust Horde. Memorial grounds quickly became boneyards. Unmarked holes became grave sites and mausoleums were filled with the nameless remains of the fallen, their skeletons piled into heaps. Tread lightly, you never know what, or who, you’re walking on, and one day you’re bound to join them.

The Call to Arms Map Pack will be available on Xbox LIVE for 1000 Microsoft Points. Players who purchase the “Gears of War: Judgment” VIP Season Pass will receive early access to map packs and a 25 percent savings versus purchasing them individually.

New Mode: “Master At Arms”

This new free-for-all game mode exclusive to “Gears of War: Judgment” will test the true range of your soldiering skills. The goal is to get a kill with each of the 20 different available weapons, without resorting to melee or grenade tactics. Every successful kill will automatically advance you to the next available weapon until you have used them all and proven your skill as a true Master at Arms.

For updates on “Gears of War: Judgment” and the “Gears” franchise, visit http://gearsofwar.xbox.com and follow the Epic team on Twitter and Facebook.

Gears of War: Judgment

Content: Haven DLC Pack
Price: Free
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Dash Text: Brought to you by MAXIM! Update includes multiplayer map “Haven” and mode “Execution”. Includes compatibility update required for matchmaking in online gameplay.

 

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Today (Wednesday, March 13th) at 5p ET/2p PT/21:00 UTC I’ll be joining Epic Games as they stream game play from “Gears of War: Judgment” on their Twitch.tv channel.

We’ll be playing the new OverRun mode…so drop by and check it out if you have time.

More details at EpicGames.com

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Gears of War: Judgment

Join me this Sunday March 3 at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT for the Gears of War: Judgment World Premiere live event streamed over Xbox LIVE to your Xbox 360 console.

Developers from Epic Games will be on hand to debut brand new, never-before-seen reveals including Aftermath and Survival Mode. I’ll be hosting the event and we will allow viewers to vote live during the show for the gameplay you want to see and get your questions answered during interactive interviews with Epic’s Chris Wynn and Alan Van Slyke by tagging your questions on Twitter with #GearsJudgment.

PLUS, we’re giving away* a custom Gears of War: Judgment Xbox 360 console as well copies of the game*

Selected winners will be announced live during the broadcast.

The live stream will be available in the US and Canada, for other select markets where the event is not broadcast, a video on-demand version will be available shortly after the event.

* For more information, and to learn how to participate in the sweeps, follow @Xbox on Twitter.
No purchase necessary. Open to residents of the 50 US (+DC) 18+. Ends 3/3/13. Official Rules here

It’s time to take a look at Gears of War: Judgment multiplayer! Get a preview of some of Gears of War: Judgment’s intense multiplayer mayhem, straight from the mouth of Lt. Damon Baird. This brand new video focuses on showing some of the multiplayer game features that you’ll find in Gears of War: Judgment.

Gears of War: JudgmentFunny or Die and IGN are putting together a comedy web show centered on the upcoming game “Gears of War: Judgment” for Xbox 360. The video will be hosted by comedian Kumail Nanjiani (Portlandia & The Indoor Kids).

They are in need of Gears fans in the Los Angeles area who have fan-made Locust and COG costumes. Chosen fans will participate in a sketch comedy video shoot the weekend of February 9th and 10th. If you are 18 or over, interested and available Feb 9th and 10th, send photos of your costumes / headshots to the following email. funnyordiecasting at hotmail .com 

Good luck!