Gears of War 3 Versus Booster Map Pack Going Live Thursday 12PM EST

This weekend, Epic Games is planning a "Thanksgibbing" event celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday.  The King of the Hills event playlist will go live this Thursday, November 24th at 12:00 PM ET.  Shotguns will be replaced with a modified Boomshot known as the “Cluckshot.” Boomshot pick-ups will also be replaced.

In addition to Thanksgibbing, Epic Games is releasing the much anticipated Gears of War 3 Versus Booster Map Pack which will be completely FREE for fans to download.  After 12:00 PM ET on Thursday, November 24th, players can install the new pack to play on all public playlists.  The DLC is free and can be downloaded from the Xbox LIVE Marketplace or when joining a playlist.

The Versus Booster Map Pack will feature five explosive maps availalbe in public matchmaking playlists: Bullet Marsh, Clocktower, Azura, Rustlung, and Blood Drive.  The latter three maps were previously made available via the Horde Command Pack DLC.

"While the “Versus Booster Map Pack” will unlock five new multiplayer battlegrounds for public matchmaking, those who purchase the “Horde Command Pack” (or access it through the “Gears of War 3” Season Pass) will still have exclusive access to the pack’s Horde fortification upgrades, new playable characters like Bernie Mataki, Big Rig Dizzy and the Onyx Guard, as well as the Team Plasma and Jungle Camo weapon skins.  Remember, the only way to play Horde, Beast, or a privately hosted game on Azura, Rustlung, and Blood Drive will be to purchase the Horde Command Pack."