Epic Games and Microsoft have announced a brand new DLC pack for their popular first-person shooter, Gears of War 3. The Fenix Rising DLC add-on features five brand new maps based on significant locations pulled from the Gears of War 3 campaign missions and even introduces a completely new game system that allows players to 're-up' which is explained in more detail below.
The five maps included in Fenix Rising are:
Academy – The lineage of the Fenix family can be traced back along a distinguished line of military officers. Officer training at the Oracle Academy was simply the expected path for Marcus, and he had visited the grounds many times in expectation that he would walk the same path as his ancestors. But it was not to be, and Marcus broke with tradition to be with his best friends Dom and Carlos. Like any number of fine Seran traditions, the Academy is now lost to the invasion of the Locust Horde.
Anvil – The fortress of Anvegad was called Anvil Gate because its impenetrable walls were forged in the fires of war. Huge cannons sat atop battlements that guarded sprawling walls running the line of the UIR borders. Marcus went there to find Hoffman, and they both thought that Anvil Gate would offer protection from the incoming forces of Locust and Lambent. They were wrong, and little remains other than the ruined shell of a once mighty fortress.
Depths – The excessive opulence of Azura defied all normal reasoning. Adam Fenix however could see the cracks in the veneer of splendor from the moment he arrived at this underwater processing center. All that beauty mattered not at all once he was held captive by the Locust. Out of options, he had to find a way to contact Marcus, and finally reveal the truths he’d been keeping to himself for all these many years .
Escalation – Haldane Hall has been the home of the Fenix family for countless generations. But the only history that matters to Marcus are his memories of warm summer evenings spent with his mother, Elain, relaxing in the estate’s gardens. Sadly, all the estate’s history and beauty was lost when the Locust destroyed it in an attempt to kidnap his father.
The Slab – Convicted for insubordination and treason, Marcus was incarcerated in Jacinto Maximum Security Prison. Known as “The Slab”, this prison is not a correctional facility - it’s a place where Sera’s worst offenders are locked up and forgotten. The inmates are brutal, parole is not an option, and the average life expectancy is about two years. But that was before the Locust showed up, and what couldn’t get worse, suddenly did. Now your life expectancy there is around 2 minutes.
In addition to the five maps is the 're-up' system mentioned earlier. What this does is give players who have reached the games highest level of 100 to 're-up' and start over at the beginning, earning glory and weapon skins as they do so. At each level (of three total 're-up' levels), players unlock a new weapon skin that cannot be unlocked by any other means. Choosing to 're-up' is completely optional, however.
Fenix Rising will be available on January 17th, 2012 for 800 MSP or as part of the Gears of War 3 Season Pass which nets you every DLC offering for one annual price.
For more on Gears of War, you can check out the official website at http://gearsofwar.xbox.com/.