Gears of War 2 getting experience system, Snowblind Map Pack

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We have got a plethora of Gears of War 2-related news for you today, thanks to an interview GameSpot had with executive producer Rod Fergusson. First off, here’s the relatively good news: the Snowblind Map Pack, which contains Grindyard, Under Hill, Courtyard, and a Fuel Depot remake, is looking at a March 31 release. A price point hasn’t been specified, but 800 Microsoft Points sounds about right.

But here’s where it gets even better: a third title updated is planned for March 24, and it’s bringing a slew of new features like an experience system for multiplayer, more Achievements, and auto-balancing for when players quit out of a match (bots will then take their place).

As a strong supporter of integrating RPG-esque elements into first- and third-person shooters, the all new XP system is sounding mighty intriguing to me. Players can rank all the way up to level 100, and Achievements are being used as incentive to do so.

If any of this is sounding pretty good to you, do yourself a favor and check out the full interview for expanded explanations of the upcoming Gears 2 content and changes. I can’t speak for the rest of you, but some of these additions might be enough to get me playing again. Might.


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