Gears of War: Judgment MAXIM DLC – “Dreadnought” Available soon!

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dreadnought_action_shotOn May 14th, you’ll be able to download the second MAXIM Map, Dreadnought, available for OverRun players free of charge for a limited time.

In the months immediately following Emergence Day, the COG managed to capture some Locust Berserkers.  Thinking that a ship at sea would be safe from an underground enemy, the COG decided to transport their prize to a secure research facility via the CNV Pomeroy. Little did they know that the Locust had waterborne beasts from the underground rivers of the Hollow, or that the Locust soldiers would use them so relentlessly to rescue the captured Berserkers.  The Pomeroy was corralled into a narrow channel and forced ashore, where the Locust sent a mass of troops to assault and overwhelm the beached vessel.

Coming soon: You can also catch a fly-through video via the MAXIM app on Xbox LIVE!

Gears of War: Judgment Map Pack Coming Soon!

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blood_drive_action_shotThe latest expansion for Gears of war: Judgment, the Call to Arms Map Pack, is coming to VIP Season Pass holders on Tuesday, April 23 and will be available worldwide April 30.

The Call to Arms Map Pack brings players three new multiplayer maps, a brand-new mode called “Master at Arms” and six armor and gun skins for customizing your characters and weapons.

New Maps:

Terminal: (OverRun) The speed and ferocity of the Locust invasion took Halvo Bay completely by surprise.  Residents scrambled to evacuate by every means possible, and COG forces were called in to maintain order as martial law was enforced.  However, the Locust showed no mercy, and gave no quarter; they swept through train terminals like this one to take advantage of the close quarters and sheer number of defenseless humans trapped within its walls.  Sometimes, COG forces could hold the line long enough for a final evacuation, but too many lost their lives in defense of the people and the land they loved.

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Blood Drive: (Standard Multiplayer) As casualties started to mount, the staff at Halvo Memorial quickly began what would become the largest triage effort in the history of Sera.  Their “Give Blood Today” campaign inspired a global blood drive in support of COG forces and wounded civilians.  Sadly, Halvo fell quickly, and the hospital became a battlefront instead of a sanctuary.  The seed of hope was planted, however, and government-run Memorial hospitals across the country mobilized to keep the effort alive until Jacinto Memorial was the last standing bastion of hope for the people of Sera.

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Boneyard: (Standard Multiplayer) The concept of traditional memorial services had to be suspended due to the constant stream and alarming volume of casualties as Sera fell victim to the Locust Horde.  Memorial grounds quickly became boneyards.  Unmarked holes became grave sites and mausoleums were filled with the nameless remains of the fallen, their skeletons piled into heaps.  Tread lightly, you never know what, or who, you’re walking on, and one day you’re bound to join them.

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New Mode: “Master At Arms”

This new free-for-all game mode exclusive to “Gears of War: Judgment” will test the true range of your soldiering skills.  The goal is to get a kill with each of the 20 different available weapons, without resorting to melee or grenade tactics.  Every successful kill will automatically advance you to the next available weapon until you have used them all and proven your skill as a true Master at Arms.

The Call to Arms Map Pack provides 10 new achievements worth a total of 250 Gamerscore.

Official Gears of War: Judgment Launch Trailer

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bairdCheck out the official Gears of War: Judgment Launch Trailer!

Emergence Day just unleashed hell upon the people of Sera.

A young Lieutenant named Damon Baird and his team, Kilo Squad, must square off against an indomitable locust villain to save a city and its people, and no rules or orders are going to stand in their way.

Pre-order Gears of War: Judgment, the most intense Gears game yet, and pick it up in stores starting March 19, 2013.

ESRB RATING: MATURE (Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language)

Casio and Gears of War: Judgment Sweepstakes

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563297_561333887224419_2120177137_nDon’t miss your chance to win a Gears of War: Judgment game and Xbox 360 console, along with a customized Gears of War G-Shock watch and LampFree projector!

Share this contest with friends using the sweepstakes app to be entered in a second drawing to win the Gears of War: Judgment game and G-Shock watch.

Great Gear from Casio

One Grand Prize and five Runner-up Prizes (enter for a second chance to win by “sharing” the sweepstakes with friends through the app) will be awarded:

  • Grand Prize: Gears of War: Judgment game, Xbox 360 console, G-Shock Watch and LampFree Projector
  • Five Runner-up Prizes: Gears of War: Judgment game and G-Shock Watch

The Casio LampFree Projector is economical, powerful, and versatile. It connects quickly to your Xbox 360 console for life-sized gaming or to your laptop for a professional presentation. The tough and durable Casio G-Shock Watch has a military-inspired design with a Gears of War crimson logo and Gears of War Lancer.

For all the details on the sweepstakes and the prizes, check out the Official Rules.

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It’s easy to enter for a chance to win some great gear from Casio! During the month of March, visit the Casio Sweepstakes Facebook page and click on the link to enter the sweepstakes. Then, share the sweepstakes page with your friends for additional chances to win.

Xbox Swagfest – You Could Win a Gears of War: Judgment Console!

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Spring Into Action with Xbox Swagfest!

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Bring the new season to life on Xbox LIVE for your chance at a great prize!

Just play a multiplayer session of Gears of War 3 or download HBO GO on Xbox 360 to enter for your chance to win one of five custom Xbox 360 consoles.

Five lucky winners will each score one custom Xbox 360 prize console. For all the details on the Swagfest Sweepstakes visit www.xbox.com/swagfest or check out the Official Rules.

 

Gears of War: Judgment’s The Guts of Gears Multiplayer

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Microsoft and Epic Games today unveiled a new “Gears of War: Judgment” video entitled “The Guts of Gears Multiplayer” giving fans a preview of the highly anticipated multiplayer modes in Judgment. Like the first “Guts” video, part two is narrated by none other than Lt. Damon Baird.

Pre-order your copy of “Gears of War: Judgment” online or at any GameStop location nationwide to get exclusive three-day early access to the most anticipated blockbuster of this spring beginning March 15; demo available publicly to all Xbox LIVE Gold members on March 19.

If you preorder Gears of War: Judgment at Walmart.com, you’ll not only get: Gears of War: Judgment for the Xbox 360, a bonus* Preorder Exclusive Classic Hammerburst and bonus Gears of War 1 downloadable version, you’ll also receive your choice of Gears of War 2 or Gears of War 3, for free!

Gears of War: Judgment launches on March 19th in the US and a worldwide demo for Xbox Live Gold Subscribers will be available the same day.

It’s The Cole Train Baby, Woo!

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We are giving away a limited edition of the Game Informer with Gears of War: Judgment on the cover. The cover is signed by none other than the voice actor of Cole Train himself, number 83# on the Hanover Cougar’s roster, Lester Speight.

There are several ways to qualify and each one counts as an entry, so the more you complete the more chances you’ll have to win. The giveaway is open now and will run through Friday, February 22nd. Click read more to use the widget and enter!

Congratulations Chris G!

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Gears of War: Judgment Preorder Bonus at Walmart.com

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GOW Judgment_Vert_22x28_FINAL_rgbIf you preorder Gears of War: Judgment at Walmart.com, you’ll not only get: Gears of War: Judgment for the Xbox 360, a bonus* Preorder Exclusive Classic Hammerburst and bonus Gears of War 1 downloadable version, you’ll also receive your choice of Gears of War 2 or Gears of War 3, for free!

Gears of War: Judgment launches on March 19th in the US and a worldwide demo for Xbox Live Gold Subscribers will be available the same day.

Interview: PCF Senior Concept Artist Maciej Wojtala

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While browsing through some of the entries in the Epic Gamers Group at deviantArt, I stumbled over a thumbnail of concept art and the design looked very familiar. As soon as I clicked on the image, I saw that it was from an artist from our Poland studio, People Can Fly. The image was beautifully illustrated by PCF Senior Concept Artist, Maciej Wojtala and depicts a courthouse location for Gears of War: Judgment. The image was also published in Game Informer in July of last year.

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I just had to see more of Maciej’s work, and browsed through his deviantART gallery. From the dark and foreboding “Evil Fortress” to the beautiful and bright “Modern Villa,” Maciej’s work is stunning. I reached out to him for an interview and he humbly accepted. Of course, I reached out to him a week or so before Gears of War: Judgment went gold, so I had to wait awhile for the interview. It was worth the wait, and it is a must-read for artists looking to get into a career in concept art.

Flak: Where do you find inspiration?

Maciej WojtalaMaciej Wojtala: I feel there are a few ways to get inspired. One is purely visual, seeing something beautiful. Discovering new places, art, photography or maybe watching a good movie will help a lot! There are so many crazy and wonderful things in the world, you just have to find them and let them inspire you.

Strong inspiration can also come from a good story that needs visuals. Then you just have to gather visual reference and work with that. The story should guide you and keep you inspired through the process. On the other hand sometimes simply taking a break and looking at work of classical painters or online CG galleries and forums can give a great boost too.

F: How did you feel about having your art featured in Game Informer?

MW: It was awesome, it is such a terrific magazine! It surely feels great to be part of the the team developing the Gears of War universe. Ability to have input on that world is amazing. We often try different approaches, iterate. Seeing this process can be intriguing for anyone who wants to have better insight into the game. I am really glad some of the concepts were shown.

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F:  How long have you been illustrating?

MW: It is hard to answer this one. I had been drawing a lot since I was a kid. I also had always been drawn to visual arts, tried different hobbies that were actually close to illustration. Eventually I had discovered demoscene, which lead me to digital art and it seemed a lot of fun. More or less 10 years ago I realized it can be a full time job. I trained and freelanced for a few years but eventually joined the People Can Fly team in 2005 and became a full time concept artist.

F: What made you decide to start creating concept art for video games?

speed_paintings_by_m_wojtala-d5q0yesMW: I have always loved games! For a few years I was a gamer and proud of it. Concept art seemed to be a great job, combining the world of video games, art and design. Seemed demanding but rewarding. I was amazed when I started and I still am.

F: Who are some of your favorite artists?

MW: I really love the classical painters – Hudson River School, the Impressionists, Romantic Era Art painters and many more. However my love with art started with digital artists and their work – Craig Mullins, Ryan Church, Nicolas Bouvier, Feng Zhu, Massive Black crew!  Thanks !

F: What are the biggest challenges you face as a Concept Artist?

MW: Deadlines can be crazy sometimes. Nailing the visuals fast is the ultimate challenge. It can be tough, but it is an interesting part of the job too.

Thank you Maciej! Looking forward to seeing more of your work in the future!

New Gears of War: Judgment Video, “The Guts of Gears”

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Gears of War: JudgmentMicrosoft and Epic Games today unveiled a new “Gears of War: Judgment” video entitled “The Guts of Gears,” giving fans an in-depth preview of the most intense and action-packed “Gears” campaign yet in the highly anticipated blockbuster, which launches on March, 19th 2013. Narrated by the game’s hero and fan-favorite character Lt. Baird, the video offers a sneak peek at the wealth of exciting new campaign features, including the dynamic Smart Spawn System, new weapons, dynamic defense scenarios, Declassified Missions, new player rewards, and more.

Additionally, Microsoft and Epic Games also announced that initial launch quantities of “Gears of War: Judgment” will include a Games on Demand Xbox LIVE download token for the epic game that started it all, “Gears of War,” in all worldwide regions except Germany.* Research indicates that more than half of the consumers who played “Gears of War 3” did so without having experienced the original title from Epic Games. This added bonus, a $19.99 value, offers veteran fans and newcomers alike a fantastic way to re-experience the iconic game that sparked one of this generation’s most beloved and critically-acclaimed franchises and connect with the prequel storyline of “Gears of War: Judgment.”