Next Gears of War 3 DLC Pack Detailed

By Michelle Balsan, 7 years ago
Barely a week has gone by since the release of RAAM's Shadow for Epic's Gears of War 3, and the developer has already begun to lay out the details of the next piece of DLC headed to the game.

Dubbed 'Fenix Rising', the third piece of post-launch content for Gears 3 will include new map packs that feature places that are important parts of main protagonist Marcus Fenix's life. The maps that will be included are Escalation, which is a classic map, as well as new additions Academy, The Slab, Anvil, and Depths. Jim Brown, Lead Level Designer on Gears of War 3, further explained the maps in an interview with IGN. Just be forewarned that, if you haven't completed Gears 3 yet, the following quote does contain a spoiler.

All the maps in the Fenix Rising map pack represent a location or event that was significant in the life of the Gears of War main protagonist, Marcus Fenix. In Escalation, you'll visit his childhood home before it was invaded by the Locust Horde. Academy takes you on a tour of the school he was destined to attend, while The Slab shows you the prison where he ended up serving time instead. Anvil is the ruined fortress that Marcus retreats to with the last vestiges of humanity, while Depths is set in the opulent city of Azura, where Marcus finally reconnects with his father.
Further details were also revealed at Epic's site, including screens of each location.

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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.
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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.
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The excessive opulence of Azura defied all normal reasoning. But Adam Fenix could see the cracks in the veneer of splendor from the moment he arrived at this underwater processing center. And 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.
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Haldane Hall has been the home of the Fenix family for countless generations. But the only history that matters to Marcus’s 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
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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.
The "Fenix Rising" pack will also add what Epic is dubbing 'Re-upping' to the game. This would be the Gears version of prestiging. Once you hit level 100, you will now have the option to reset your rank and start over at level one. You may Re-up three times and will earn a different colored icon for each one: Bronze for the first 100 levels, followed by red, green, and gold. Each Re-up after your first will also grant you a unique weapon skin - Re-Up Plasma (animated flowing plasma in gold), Re-Up Omen (shiny, red omen), and Re-Up Electric (animated, golden electric shocks). When you Re-up, you will maintain all of your unlocks and items, you'll only lose the level number.

Like the previous DLC packs, "Fenix Rising" will include new character skins. On the COG side, the new pack will add Recruit Clayton, which is Clayton Carmine as he appeared when he first enlisted to be a Gear and a "special limited edition version of Thrashball Cole". The Locusts will add a "special limited edition version of the very popular Savage Kantus, and a brand new Savage Marauder Drone". Just like the maps, Epic provided further details and a screen for each:

Recruit Clayton
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Clayton was born a Gear, grew up a Gear, and on the very day he became eligible, he signed himself up to become the capable, confident, and devoted Gear he’d always known he could be.
Thrashball Cole (Limited Edition)
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The Cole Train prefers to take the most direct path to the Locust Horde in any situation. What he lacks in finesse, he makes up in raw energy.
Savage Marauder
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Locust Marauders were the first to form any sort of organization outside of the Hollow – if their brutal infighting and bloodthirsty raiding parties could truly be called organized.
Savage Kantus (Limited Edition)
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The Savage Kantus were profoundly impacted by the loss of the Hollow. They have reverted to a primal, shamanistic state, and their battle cries have taken a dark, melancholy turn. Few sounds are as terrifying to human ears.
"Fenix Rising" will arrive on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace on January 17th and will add 250G to Gears 3's total. It will set you back 800 MSP. Like previous DLC, "Fenix Rising" is included with the Season Pass, which you can download from here for 2400 MSP.

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Michelle Balsan
Written by Michelle Balsan
Michelle is the Assistant Manager of the Newshounds at TrueAchievements and has been a member of staff since 2010. When not contributing to gaming websites, she makes her living as a mild-mannered librarian. She can be compelled to play just about anything if there's a co-op component, and has been playing games with friends and siblings since the Atari 2600. As it's reportedly healthy to have hobbies outside of gaming, she also roots for some of the most difficult sporting franchises to root for, the New York Mets and New York Jets, but offsets that by rooting for the New Jersey Devils. She's also seen pretty much none of the movies you have, but she's working on that.