Gears of War 3 Gets First DLC Nov. 1

The game’s first expansion adds new maps, characters, achievements and more!

Erik Norrisby Erik Norris


Microsoft and Epic Games have announced the first downloadable content pack for Gears of War 3, entitled the “Horde Command Pack,” will drop on November 1, 2011.

The DLC will bring three new multiplayer maps, three new characters, two new weapon skins and new achievements to Gears of War 3. In addition, this first DLC add-on will include new fortification upgrades for Gears 3’s Horde mode. The “Horde Command Pack” will be made available for 800 MS Points, or will be free to download for those who purchased into the Gears 3 Season Pass.

Here’s a complete rundown of everything being added to Gears 3 through this first DLC expansion, supplemented by descriptions straight from the horse’s mouth.


  • 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