Microsoft's biggest Xbox 360 exclusive game release for 2011 is Gears of War 3. Today the company announced that players of Epic Games' sci-fi third person shooter sequel will be offered a chance to pay for a Season Pass of DLC content for the game. As reported by Joystiq, the Season Pass will give players access to the first four DLC packs for Gears of War 3 for 2400 Microsoft points, which is about $30. The price represents a 33 percent discount for those DLC packs if they are purchased separately. There's no word on what kind of content will be released in the DLC packs. Season Pass concepts for DLC packs have previously been used for Mortal Kombat and LA Noire.
The Season Pass will first be offered for sale on September 20, the same day that Gears of War 3 ships to stores. The first DLC pack for the game is scheduled to be released sometime in November. In addition, people who purchase the Season Pass will get a free and exclusive extra: the Liquid Metal Weapon Set that turns all of your weapons into something that the T-1000 might like to use.
In related news, Epic Games has now revealed all of the multiplayer maps that will be included in the shipping version of Gears of War 3. Players can expect to play on 10 multiplayer maps, including the just announced Gridlock which is a revamped version of the map that has also appeared in the first two games in the series.