Gears of War 3 Kicks-off 2012 With "˜Fenix Rising' DLC

By Alastair Stevenson on December 21, 2011, 11:52AM EDT

Epic has confirmed it will be kicking-off the new year with a bang, releasing the third DLC for Gears of War 3, January 17, 2012.

Available on the Xbox 360's XBLA for 800 MS points, the latest DLC promises to add five new maps, four new character skins and a new "Re-up" feature designed to allow veteran gamers to continue progressing past level 100.

The Re-up feature is set to be the largest addition. Doing exactly what it says on the box, the feature will allow level 100 players to "Re-up" to three elite tiers -- Plasma, Omen and Electric -- each with their own set of new unlockable effects.

"Players can "Re-up" up to three times, earning a new rank icon color each time: Bronze (default level 100), Red, Green and Gold. Each "Re-up" level after Bronze also awards the player an exclusive, custom weapon skin that cannot be obtained by any other means," read the company's statement.

Not one to hoard its ammo, Epic also revealed the new characters and levels' names. According to the release, Fenix Rising will add the The Slab ,Academy, Anvil, Depths and Escalation maps and Recruit Clayton, Thrashball Cole, Savage Marauder, Savage Kantus (Limited Edition) character skins.

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