New skins, multiplayer environments, bragging tools, and leveling options have arrived for Gears of War 3 players thanks to the release of the Fenix Rising Map Pack. 

Available now on Xbox Live, the third major add-on for Epic's third-person shooter is selling for 800 Microsoft Points ($10), or free for season pass holders. The DLC features five new maps—Anvil, Death, Escalation, Academy, and the Slab—as well as four fresh character skins for use in Versus Multiplayer and Horde Mode, including good guys Recruit Clayton and Thrashball Cole (Limited Edition), and bad guys Savage Marauder and Savage Kantus (Limited Edition).

Fenix Rising also throws a new “re-up” option into the mix. Players who purchase the DLC will be able to reset their experience and rank at level 100, and work their way back up to the top a maximum of three times. Those who choose to “re-up” will be rewarded each time they hit the 100 mark with Red, Green, and then Gold colored wings; as well as special weapon skins that can only be unlocked through this time-consuming process.

To get fans excited for the release of its newest Gears of War 3 expansion, Microsoft and Epic have released images of the character skins on offer. They've also thrown in a few more shots of the new maps to help you get a lay of the land before you're scraping yourself off of it in small, unidentifiable chunks.


  • robertchen - January 18, 2012 6:20 a.m.

    I didn't have enough cash to buy this DLC, but luckily I found a site giving away some free Fenix Rising codes, so I'm playing it, and enjoying it very much, definitely my favorite DLC so far. The site I found had a few more codes left to giveaway, so if you guys want to try your luck at it, here's the link to the site:
  • Spybreak8 - January 17, 2012 10:13 p.m.

    Nah this isn't the DLC to bring you in, that was Gen RAAM's DLC. The last DLC was a lot of fun and had a great new story and gameplay to experience. This is just more maps.
  • g4m3rk1dd - January 17, 2012 7:05 p.m.

    im going to take the $30 i didn't spend on this DLC and go to my local Game Exchange and by myself a PS and FF7...then later after reminsicing my childhood im going to wish i hadn't cried like a bitch and save up to buy the DLC... P.S. i wont be getting this immediately...
  • needles - January 17, 2012 3:35 p.m.

    Fuck that shit. I aint buyin what your sellin. All this should be included in the game. In the original cruddy game. I can only play Gears of War stoned.
  • jackthemenace - January 17, 2012 1:53 p.m.

    Wait, are ALL the limited edition Pre-order characters going to end up in DLC packs? Because I Love my Engineer Baird, and I don't want to be just another guy with a special version of Baird D:
  • Fuzunga - January 17, 2012 1:28 p.m.

    More campaign DLC, please.
  • OZONE - January 17, 2012 12:42 p.m.

    Hell yeah!
  • DoctorCrazy - January 17, 2012 12:18 p.m.

    Yea, I can finally get Thrashball Cole now since I didnt do the beta.

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