People Can Fly and Epic Games have announced the first paid add-on pack for Gears of War: Judgment: Call to Arms. Upon purchasing the content players will gain access to three new maps (which almost doubles the amount of maps available at launch), a new mode called “Master At Arms” which is basically Gun Game from Counter Strike, and six new weapon and armor skins.
Available for VIP Season Pass holders on Tuesday, April 23 via Xbox LIVE, and available worldwide April 30 the pack will add 10 new Achievements worth a total of 250 Gamerscore. Unusually, the pack will cost 1000 Microsoft Points ($12.50) rather than the norm at 800 Microsoft Points.
The three new maps include a remake of the fan favorite Blood Drive and the descriptions are all contained below:
- 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 team also gave a description of the new Master At Arms gametype:
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.
Word has it that Gears of War: Judgment under-performed when it came to sales. Will you bother picking up the new map pack?