It looks like People Can Fly is really out to support its latest game—Gears of War: Judgment. Just a couple of weeks after its release, the company has released a new set of maps for the multiplayer component of the game. The map pack is part of the game’s first patch and includes the Haven map as well as the Execution game mode.

The earlier release date for the map pack was planned to be April 2. The map pack is free for a limited time as it is being sponsored by Maxim magazine, according to Microsoft. You can grab the DLC from either the in-game menu, the Xbox 360 Dashboard or the Xbox website. At the moment, the option to grab it off the game's matchmaking menu isn't working.

The new game mode—Execution—is like the previous games' Warzone game mode. It is essentially a team deathmatch with a couple of twists here and there. The first is the time limit. The other major twist is that when you kill an enemy, they need to be executed, otherwise they can simply get back up and continue fighting. The game mode was present in Gears of War and Gears of War 2, but was curiously absent from the third game.

Judgement is going to be a prequel to the Fenix trilogy

New map and game mode

Gears of War: Judgment was released earlier this month for the Xbox 360. The game has been developed exclusively for Microsoft Studios by Epic Games and People Can Fly. Microsoft calls the game “an adrenaline pumping prequel”, and this time around there’s a new protagonist: Damon Baird. The game also offers an expanded weapons arsenal, and there are more intense boss fights and enemies in the offing.

The game’s brand-new multiplayer experience, OverRun, is a new class-based competitive mode, which Microsoft says is unlike anything fans of the series have seen before. The company is even talking up the game's cooperative gameplay system on Xbox LIVE and as we said in our single player review of the game, that aspect of the game promises good things.

The story unveils through a series of flashbacks. It is played from the perspective of the Kilo Squad, led by tech-geek Damon Baird, as they battle ferocious new enemies with an expanded arsenal of weapons. As war rages around them, the entire Kilo Squad including the flamboyant Augustus “The Cole Train” Cole is put on trial. Gamers can experience first-hand the events that led to their court-martial as the events are recounted during the trial – how the Kilo Squad struggles to fight off the Locust horde, as they burst from the ground on Emergence Day, led by a terrifying new Locust Leader: General Karn.

Check out what we thought of the single player campaign of Gears of War: Judgment in our review.

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