The next big Gears of War 2 DLC has been announced, and Epic has found a way to really get fans going. In celebration of its sales milestone -- over 5 million copies sold worldwide -- Microsoft Game Studios and Epic Games will be releasing a compilation pack, titled "Gears of War 2: All Fronts Collection."
Scheduled to hit store shelves on July 28, this retail-only DLC will be going for $19.99 in North America, £14.99 in the UK, and €19.99 throughout the rest of Europe. It combines all the previous multiplayer maps with the new "Dark Corners" add-on, featuring seven new maps and a deleted campaign chapter called "Road to Ruin," in which Marcus and Dom return to the Locust Hollow.
Here are the new maps from the "Dark Corners" add-on:
Allfathers Garden: Honor the sacred grounds of the Coalition founders in this explosive map, where powerful weapons catalyze fast and furious action at this COG landmark.
Memorial: Set near the Eternal Flame, which pays tribute to the fallen soldiers on the battlefield, a hard-fought battle ensues at the Tomb of Unknowns. Putting their flank formation and evasive skills to the test, players will fight to control the Boomshot.
Sanctuary: Once a peaceful ground for reflection and remembrance, all that remains of the Sanctuary is the chill of death. Feast your eyes on the arsenal of weapons available as you make your way through the tight paths and blind corners of the Locust-damaged temple corridors.
War Machine: In the abandoned train station that once served as a hub for travel, players will need to master the Longshot, Mulcher and Boomshot weapons to advance the fight while evading fire from the platforms above.
Highway: Take the fight deep into the Locust Hollow in the complex passages of this underground highway system brimming with enemy vermin. Stick together, separate the enemy and have an exit strategy ready or it’ll be a one-way trip.
Way Station: Sitting in limbo between death and “processing” are Locust way stations filled with fallen COG soldiers. Tread lightly and practice patience as it’s better to sacrifice firepower for stealth while navigating this minefield of hidden grenades.
Nowhere: Set in the middle of what was once a destination for weary desert travellers, the land is now barren and devoid of life. Pick off your enemies with the Longshot sniper rifle and make your way to the stairwell with a well-fortified team during this intense firefight.
If you've been keeping up with the game's various DLC releases, rest assured "Dark Corners" will be available separately on Xbox LIVE Marketplace for 1600 Microsoft Points when the "All Fronts Collection" is out. However, the Collection also contains some other incentives, including a collectible poster, strategy guide, custom Xbox LIVE theme, and more.