Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Epic Games

Gears of War: Judgment gets title update, free map and mode DLC

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A free DLC pack, sponsored by Maxim, has launched for Gears of War: Judgment. The limited-time giveaway download includes the return of Execution Mode and a new multiplayer map, Haven. Special playlists for both have also been made available, offering 200% XP boosts for regular players and 300% XP boosts for VIP pass holders. A title update has also launched, and is detailed below.

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DLC, Xbox 360 News

Tecmo Koei licensing Unreal Engine 3 for Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z

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It was announced today that Tecmo Koei will be using Unreal Engine 3 to aid in development of Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z. The upcoming action title is a spin-off from the Ninja Gaiden series that will pit players against hordes of zombies. According to Team Ninja head Yosuke Hayashi, UE3 will help to speed development along by allowing the designers “to quickly and efficiently iterate on countless ideas.”

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Watch your flank, Gears of War: Judgment now available for 360

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Gears of War: Judgment is now on store shelves. Developed by People Can Fly, the studio behind the Painkiller series and Bulletstorm, Judgment is a prequel to the original trilogy and brings with it a host of additions, including Mission Declassification, Smart Spawn System, and Survival. Mission Declassification is a campaign feature that allows players to unlock tougher scenarios as they find new information throughout the story, while Smart Spawn System varies encounters by dynamically adjusting enemy type, time, and location. Survival joins multiplayer as the latest co-op mode.

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Xbox 360 News

The horde is coming! Gears of War: Judgment launch trailer released

It’s nearing time for you to gear up for the next—or first, as it is—Locust invasion. Microsoft and Epic have released a new launch trailer for People Can Fly’s Gears of War: Judgment, a prequel that sets in motion the events that occur in the main Gears trilogy. The footage reveals more of the game’s main campaign, showing just what the Bulletstorm developers have been up to as they tackle the popular series.

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Gears of War: Judgment – Season Pass extras, Maxim freebies, more

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Microsoft has announced that the Season Pass for Gears of War: Judgment will come with a handful of extras. The 1600 MS Point pass not only represents a 20% discount for entire range of DLC, but it will also include a permanent double XP boost, early access to upcoming multiplayer maps, five exclusive weapon skins, and four exclusive armor skins. The two announced drops will consist of six maps, two new modes, and new weapon and armor skins.

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Baird details Gears of War: Judgment’s multiplayer in new trailer

A new video has launched focusing on Gears of War: Judgment’s multiplayer component. Titled The Guts of Gears – Multiplayer, the video features Lt. Damon Baird going over some of the various modes, armory updates, and rewards. Domination, Free-For-All, OverRun, and Team Deathmatch are covered, as well as a few of the six new grenade types and an overview of the prizebox bonuses.

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Gears of War: Judgment GameStop pre-order bonus announced

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Gears fans looking for a leg up in the upcoming Gears of War: Judgment will be able to access OverRun, the new class-based multiplayer mode that has teams of five squaring off as Locust and COG soldiers, early if they are a GameStop PowerUp Rewards member and pre-order, or have already pre-ordered, at GameStop. The public launch will be on March 19, but members will be able to access the mode starting March 15 at 11:59 p.m. (PT). All experience will carry over to the full version. GameStop is also offering two additional skin bonuses, detailed below.

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Xbox 360 News

Gears of War: Judgment dated and detailed, Gears 3 drops to $30

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People Can Fly, the studio behind Painkiller and the ridiculously fun Bulletstorm, is getting their turn at the Gears of War franchise next year with the Epic Games co-developed Gears of War: Judgment. Microsoft has announced that the prequel, set shortly after Emergence Day but before the original Gears, will launch on March 19. In addition to new enemies, locations, and weapons, Judgement will include a new class-based, Horde and Beast hybrid multiplayer mode called OverRun.

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Gears of War 3 gets Forces of Nature DLC map pack

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It’s time to grab some galoshes and a raincoat because Gears of War 3’s Forces of Nature DLC has hit Live Marketplace. The new pack includes five multiplayer maps: Aftermath, Artillery, Cover, Jacinto, and Raven Down. As the name indicates, each level has a weather theme, with Aftermath featuring a flooding city, tornado-force winds in Artillery, heavy fog in Cover, torrential rains and Imulsion contamination in Jacinto, and snow storms in Raven’s Down.

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Gears of War 3 – Fenix Rising DLC launches on Live

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Gears of War 3’s third DLC pack, Fenix Rising, is now available on Live Marketplace. The follow-up to RAAM’s Shadow includes five new Fenix-themed multiplayer maps, four character skins (Recruit Clayton, Thrashball Cole – Limited Edition, Savage Marauder, and Savage Kantus – Limited Edition), and a new experience system that allows for high-ranking players to “Re-up.” Re-upping allows players who reach level 100 to have their rank and experience reset in exchange for new wing and rank number colors, as well as an exclusive weapon skin. Players can re-up three times, though no other forms of progression, such as the TrueSkill rating, will be reset.

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