Gears of War 3's Forces of Nature DLC revealed

Epic has lifted the curtain on its final piece of DLC for Gears of War 3. Entitled Forces of Nature, the expansion will bring a number of new and remade maps, hidden weapons, and fresh skins when it breezes in for download on March 27.

The DLC, revealed during an interview with Epic's Rod Fergusson in the latest episode of GameTrailers TV, takes its name from the various natural disasters and extreme environmental conditions featured in its multiplayer offerings. For example, the new maps in Forces of Nature include Artillery, a storm-ravaged military base; Aftermath, a post-tsunami government park; and Cove, a fog-filled port town. A snow-capped remake of the Raven Down map and a rain-soaked version of the Jacinto locale will also be added.

Sticking to its multiplayer Easter egg tradition, Epic is hiding 'Elemental Cleavers' within each of the new maps. The Snow Cleaver, for example, will give players the ability to chuck an icy blast of death at enemies; while the Emulsion Cleaver will take out enemies with a wide range explosion. Using these elementally-themed weapons on opponents in Beast or Horde mode will also net some new achievements.

Additionally, Forces of Nature will touch down with four new character skins, including a new Savage Hunter character and three limited edition versions of pre-order skins: Mechanic Baird, Commando Dom, and the Savage Grenadier. In addition, the DLC will feature seven new skins weapons skins, two of which are locked away within the new content.

Fergusson didn't reveal a price for the last pack, however it's safe to assume Forces of Nature will follow the 800 Microsoft Point ($10) model set by previous DLC releases. Season Passers will, of course, receive Gears of War 3's swan song without charge.


  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - February 17, 2012 12:57 p.m.

    Who was the smart one that thought that multiplayer achievements were a good idea?
  • MercurialForce - February 17, 2012 11:11 a.m.

    I checked their website, there's no place as far as I can see confirming that this is the last pack, and they've said some things in the past that might indicate they'll be doing more than four. Also, the popular gamemode Guardian from Gears 2 is returning with this.
  • JonnyJon - February 17, 2012 3:51 p.m.

    No way! I really hope youre not lying about the guardian thing! that was my favorite game mode in gears 2. I may break down and cry if this is not true. haha
  • MercurialForce - February 17, 2012 5:19 p.m.

    Not making it up, and I'm just as happy as you! Source:
  • illway - February 17, 2012 10:04 a.m.

    The last one? The games only been out for 6 months. I don't understand why they would drop a whole bunch of DLC in the first months of release and then call it quits. So everyone can be bored with the map selection within its first year of release? Stupid in my opinion
  • Person5 - February 17, 2012 10:22 a.m.

    no one can truly understand the mind set of a company that makes a multiplayer game, look at Call of Duty, 3 map packs with 3 maps each for $15, those all come out quick or else they'd get ignored by people buy the next call of duty, they do only have a year, maybe Epic thought this was a good business plan
  • db1331 - February 17, 2012 10:26 a.m.

    It's because they've been sitting on these maps since before the game came out and just want to unload them for some quick cash as soon as they can. It's not like they are feverishly working on finishing these maps up right now, so they can get them ready on time for release next month.

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