Gears of War 3 DLC 'Fenix Rising' Detailed

Gears of War 3 has a new bit of DLC arriving in mid-January known as "Fenix Rising" bringing with it five new multiplayer maps, new player skins and a "prestige" system similar to the one found in Call of Duty games.

The new skins, available in multiplayer only, are Savage Marauder and Recruit Clayton, which join the previously released Savage Kantus and Thrashball Cole skins. Of course if you've picked up the DLC season pass from Epic then you'll already have these and this new pack (once available). However, those that didn't fork out for that will need a spare 800 Microsoft Points according to Shacknews.

The prestige system - for those that need to extend their Gear - allows you to reset your stats upon reaching the maximum level - 100 - with a little prestige marker to let everyone know how much time you've spent unlocking things you already had unlocked before. However, you do gain access to some new weapon skins the second time around, so you know, totally worth it.

Epic released a rundown of each map:

Academy - The lineage of the Fenix family can be traced back along a distinguished line of military officers. Officer training at the Oracle Academy was simply the expected path for Marcus, and he had visited the grounds many times in expectation that he would walk the same path as his ancestors. But it was not to be, and Marcus broke the tradition to be with his best friends Dom and Carlos. Like any number of fine Seran traditions, the Academy is now lost to the invasion of the Locust Horde.

Anvil - The fortress of Anvegad was called Anvil Gate because its impenetrable walls were forged in the fires of war. Huge cannons sat atop battlements that guarded sprawling walls running the line of the UIR borders. Marcus went there to find Hoffman, and they both thought that Anvil Gate would offer protection from the incoming forces of Locust and Lambent. They were wrong, and little remains other than the ruined shell of a once mighty fortress.

Depths - The excessive opulence of Azura defied all normal reasoning. But Adam Fenix could see the cracks in the veneer of splendor from the moment he arrived at this underwater processing center. And all that beauty mattered didn't matter once he was held captive by the Locust. Out of options, he had to find a way to contact Marcus, and finally reveal the truths he'd been keeping to himself for all these many years.

Escalation - Haldane Hall has been the home of the Fenix family for countless generations. But the only history that matters to Marcus's are his memories of warm summer evenings spent with his mother, Elain, relaxing in the estate's gardens. Sadly, all the estate's history and beauty was lost when the Locust destroyed it in an attempt to kidnap his father.

The Slab - Convicted for insubordination and treason, Marcus was incarcerated in Jacinto Maximum Security Prison. Known as "The Slab", this prison is not a correctional facility - it's a place where Sera's worst offenders are locked up and forgotten. The inmates are brutal, parole is not an option, and the average life expectancy is about two years. But that was before the Locust showed up, and what couldn't get worse, suddenly did. Now your life expectancy there is around 2 minutes.

The Fenix Rising DLC is landing on the 17th January.