When it was announced that there would be Gears of War 2 news revealed at the VGA's, everyone immediately assumed downloadable content was on the way. It turns out it's not on the way, though - it's already here. As of this morning, three new multiplayer maps are available for download over Xbox Live Marketplace.

The three maps will cost you 800 Microsoft Points ($10). They can be used for normal competitive multiplayer or for the five-player coop Horde mode. Here are the descriptions of the three maps from the press release:
  • Flood is a very tight map that's made extra snug when the environmental hazard of Imulsion begins creeping up around the edges. As the playing field closes in, the firefight will intensify as combat is forced to the center of the map. Teams skilled at flanking their opponents will have a powerful edge.
  • Gold Rush takes place in an old Imulsion refinery that now serves as a hotly contested battleground. Players must survive heavy crossfire as they infiltrate the factory and navigate multiple tiers. Breakable glass allows for a clean shot at those who make a dash for the Longshot rifle while bolder players make their run for the heavy weapon. In the right hands, the Mortar can be devastating on this map, so keep those smoke grenades armed as the concussive effect comes in very handy.
  • Fuel Station is situated in a desolate area marked by an abandoned fossil fuel station. The team that secures and controls the station is likely to be the side that wins the match. An especially strategic location on this map is the rooftop, as there are only two points of entry – the main elevator and a staircase on the back side of the building. Heavy weaponry is situated right in front, which presents a high risk to reward ratio in this level. Lugging the Mulcher around, deploying it and revving it up can keep an entire team at bay, and unleashing hell from the rooftops is always an excellent tactic.
Surprising to see new maps only about a month after the game's release but if they're ready, they're ready. The trailer of the so-called "Combustible Map Pack" is below for your viewing pleasure.


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