New Gears of War 2 update and DLC coming this month

The third update to Gears of War 2 is due this month, with a new map pack (Snowblind) to accompany it shortly after, according to an article by Gamespot. The update will offer a new ranking system, as well as a new auto-balance system, and will be entirely free. The Snowblind map pack will feature four new maps: Grindyard, Under Hill, Courtyard, and a remake of Fuel Depot from the original game, but will not be free. No price has been announced for it yet either.

The new ranking system will reward people experience points for playing in public matches, and enable them to achieve "levels", all the way up to 100. Upon reaching different levels, the players can unlock achievements, although some of these are dependant on the player getting certain achievements in the Snowblind content pack.

The new auto-balance system will penalize players who quit mid-game, by deducting experience points, and will bring in bots to replace them.

The five achievement levels are: Rookie Gear, Seasoned Gear, Battle-Tested Gear, Battle-Hardened Gear and Veteran Gear, achieved at levels 5, 15, 25, 50 and 100 respectively. The update is due out on Tuesday 24 March, with the map pack coming out a week later, on Tuesday 31 March.

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I was going to make a snide remark about having to pay for DLC on the 360 (as opposed to the PC) and I guess I was right! One day people will realise it's not worth paying money for maps, and stop buying them, and then they'll stop charging for them.

DLC is a load of crap but at the same time, real extra content comes out. Unfortunately, friends buy it and you are stuck having to pay up if you want to play with other people since you don't have the DLC. It kinda blows. The only real DLC should be expansion packs with significant amounts of content.