X360 Wednesday, January 10, 2007 | 10:47 PM

Images and video of the first Gears of War Map Pack

Images and video of the first Gears of War Map Pack

First nice surprise of the year, Microsoft and Epic announced the the first Map Pack for Gears of War would be available on January 10 (or 11 depending on your time zone) and will introduce 2 new mutliplayer maps: Old Bones and Ravendown. A patch fixing the issues of the game will also be available a bit before that. And of course, it's free!
Update: Added a video presentation of both maps by Cliffy B.


Walkthrough Map Pack #1

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Commented on 2007-01-08 19:30:35
Great.....


Is the map pack free as well as the patch?
Commented on 2007-01-08 19:30:56
I want single player maps too.. c'mon Cliffy..
Commented on 2007-01-08 19:40:44
free free free. any kind of 'download content' is free. so if it's not on dvd it's free [;
Commented on 2007-01-08 19:49:12
Any specifics on what issues of the game it will fix?

The MP maps don't bother me since i don't have live, but some of the checkpoints in campaign are sucky.
Commented on 2007-01-08 19:52:15
Looks very nice.
Commented on 2007-01-08 20:03:29
Sexy
Commented on 2007-01-08 20:05:10 In reply to RC_Master
Posted by RC_Master
Any specifics on what issues of the game it will fix?

The MP maps don't bother me since i don't have live, but some of the checkpoints in campaign are sucky.
• Fixed aspect ratio distortion when using VGA cable with 4:3 displays at resolutions higher than 640x480
• Fixed voice issue with new players joining Player Match games in progress
• Players can now get the Achievement for "Dish Best Served Cold" when using Troika turret to kill RAAM
• Fixed rare situation where host could loop countdown and never start match
• Fixed rare situation where players could get stuck after chainsawing in multiplayer
• Reduced Grenade Tag melee distance
• Enabled "Strict" NAT check on host to prevent possible connection issues
• Optimized server browser queries to return results more quickly and prevent scroll bars from hiding quality of service icons
• Reduced number of possible revives in Execution to match Warzone
• Removed host name from Ranked match server browser
• Disabled security cameras in Ranked matches
• Ranked matches now require balanced teams (3v3 or 4v4)
• Increased penalty for quitting a Ranked match to -50 points
• Added additional cheat detection code
• Additional housekeeping updates

how will you get the patch if you don't have live :D
Commented on 2007-01-08 20:46:42 In reply to Cream
Posted by Cream
how will you get the patch if you don't have live :D
Seeing as most the updates are LIVE based, what would be the point in getting the update?!

??
Commented on 2007-01-08 20:48:24
Too much glow going on in some of those pics. Graphically impressive nonetheless though.
Commented on 2007-01-08 21:32:35
Looks great.. Thanks to Epic for holding on to their tradition of rewarding gamers that bought their games with free extra content, and not jumping on the marketplace 'we charge for everything down to the smallest gamerpic' bandwagon.. Even if it's only 2 extra maps this time which compared to their PC UT mappacks is kindof small..

@crea8tivity, I think you can fotget about that because afaik Epic has never released SP content this way, only MP content in the form of extra maps..
Commented on 2007-01-08 22:13:38
Free, Hell yeah!!!
Commented on 2007-01-08 22:23:32
Looks good, but the bloom in Ravendown is heavily over-used
Commented on 2007-01-08 22:25:57
they also announced the game is a trilogy..so GOW 2 and 3 are coming...very good news..and i still dont have GOW lol, i need cash dammit
Commented on 2007-01-08 23:11:44
Read this early this morning cant wait :D
Commented on 2007-01-08 23:38:06
i dreamed about this news lastnight actually.
you know your game looks good when you could use any in-game shot as a prerendered RE background and get away with it. awesome.
Commented on 2007-01-08 23:54:11
wait, is this 2 day only thing?
Commented on 2007-01-09 00:53:12
NONO, its an update, whenever you connect to live with GoW youll get the patch :D
Commented on 2007-01-09 01:36:30
GREAT!!! i hope i comes in the OXM disc in the future... :(
Commented on 2007-01-09 06:13:52 In reply to Xion4360
Posted by Xion4360
they also announced the game is a trilogy..so GOW 2 and 3 are coming...very good news..and i still dont have GOW lol, i need cash dammit
They announced that was a slip up and that they'd release as many as they want.
Commented on 2007-01-09 08:40:56 In reply to andyokane
Posted by andyokane
Seeing as most the updates are LIVE based, what would be the point in getting the update?!

??
dunno that VGA fix sounds more important than the live fixs, and also, maybe he lan sessions and wants the bugs fixed :D
Commented on 2007-01-09 12:11:55
That's What I'm Talking About Dude.
Finally, Can't wait.
And the best part IT"S FREE.
Commented on 2007-01-09 14:12:03
It's free, becuase so many have bought GOW :)
Commented on 2007-01-09 14:56:28
How long will I have to live in order to see rendered tree ? not just some gif shaped like foilage. on the last picture or "ravendown" on the left side, look how sketchy it looks, reminds me of Tiger Woods 2006. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy GOW and the Unreal3 engine will provide huge fun in the upcomming years, but the tree must leave !
Commented on 2007-01-09 15:57:35
Actually the maps are free because the Discovery Channel is sponsoring them to promote a show called Future Weapons...there is also a XBL Point giveaway associated with it...I will try to find a link.
Commented on 2007-01-09 16:36:39
I think CliffyB said on the Gow Collectors edition, that Epic Games has and always will give the fans free "downloadable content", Just think of the Unreal games :-o

2 Maps is a pack, hmmm... atleast the patch seems to adress a good bunch of issues.
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