Microsoft and Epic Games have formally revealed a brand new set of maps and an all-new game mode for the pair’s Gears of War: Judgment, all bundled together in what they’ve dubbed the ‘Call to Arms Map Pack.’
Available on April 23rd to Gears of War: Judgment VIP Season Pass owners, and then on April 30th to everyone else for 1000 MS Points, the Call to Arms Map Pack includes three new arenas, six armour and gun skins, and a new game mode going by the name of ‘Master at Arms.’
The map pack will also net you 10 new Achievements worth a total of 250 Gamerscore points.
“Set against the backdrop of the Locust invasion of Halvo Bay,” writes Microsoft, “all three new maps provide a mix of close quarters and vertical combat, keeping Gearheads immersed in the action.”
Let’s find out about the new maps, shall we:
“The speed and ferocity of the Locust invasion took Halvo Bay completely by surprise. Residents scrambled to evacuate by every means possible, and COG forces were called in to maintain order as martial law was enforced.
“However, the Locust showed no mercy, and gave no quarter; they swept through train terminals like this one to take advantage of the close quarters and sheer number of defenseless humans trapped within its walls. Sometimes, COG forces could hold the line long enough for a final evacuation, but too many lost their lives in defense of the people and the land they loved.”
“As casualties started to mount, the staff at Halvo Memorial quickly began what would become the largest triage effort in the history of Sera. Their ‘Give Blood Today’ campaign inspired a global blood drive in support of COG forces and wounded civilians.
“Sadly, Halvo fell quickly, and the hospital became a battlefront instead of a sanctuary. The seed of hope was planted, however, and government-run Memorial hospitals across the country mobilized to keep the effort alive until Jacinto Memorial was the last standing bastion of hope for the people of Sera.”
“The concept of traditional memorial services had to be suspended due to the constant stream and alarming volume of casualties as Sera fell victim to the Locust Horde.
“Memorial grounds quickly became boneyards. Unmarked holes became grave sites and mausoleums were filled with the nameless remains of the fallen, their skeletons piled into heaps. Tread lightly, you never know what, or who, you’re walking on, and one day you’re bound to join them.”
And what’s this new game mode all about? Here’s the official description:
Master At Arms
“This new free-for-all game mode exclusive to Gears of War: Judgment will test the true range of your soldiering skills. The goal is to get a kill with each of the 20 different available weapons, without resorting to melee or grenade tactics.
“Every successful kill will automatically advance you to the next available weapon until you have used them all and proven your skill as a true Master at Arms.”
So a little like Gun Game in Call of Duty? That’s a fun mode and should translate really well to the Gears universe.
Who’s excited for another three multiplayer levels and a new way to play Judgment?