Microsoft and Epic today announced the retail only Gears of War 2 content, the "All Fronts Collection," which will feature all previous downloadable content, fresh with brand new multiplayer and campaign content. The Gears of War 2: All Fronts Collection will be available in stores come July 28th for $19.99/£14.99/€19.99.

The All Fronts Collection will include the Combustible Map Pack, the Flashback Map Pack, the Snowblind Map Pack and the brand new, Dark Corners add-on content.

The Dark Corners content is a mix of campaign and multiplayer action; featuring 7 brand new multiplayer maps and a previously deleted chapter titled "Road to Ruin." In “Road to Ruin,” Marcus and Dom return to the Locust Hollow in a scene that can be played two ways, guns blazing or in all-new stealth mode.

The seven new multiplayer maps in the “Gears of War 2: Dark Corners” Game Add-on are:

  • Allfathers Garden: Honor the sacred grounds of the Coalition founders in this explosive map, where powerful weapons catalyze fast and furious action at this COG landmark.
  • Memorial: Set near the Eternal Flame, which pays tribute to the fallen soldiers on the battlefield, a hard-fought battle ensues at the Tomb of Unknowns. Putting their flank formation and evasive skills to the test, players will fight to control the Boomshot.
  • Sanctuary: Once a peaceful ground for reflection and remembrance, all that remains of the Sanctuary is the chill of death. Feast your eyes on the arsenal of weapons available as you make your way through the tight paths and blind corners of the Locust-damaged temple corridors.
  • War Machine: In the abandoned train station that once served as a hub for travel, players will need to master the Longshot, Mulcher and Boomshot weapons to advance the fight while evading fire from the platforms above.
  • Highway: Take the fight deep into the Locust Hollow in the complex passages of this underground highway system brimming with enemy vermin. Stick together, separate the enemy and have an exit strategy ready or it’ll be a one-way trip.
  • Way Station: Sitting in limbo between death and “processing” are Locust way stations filled with fallen COG soldiers. Tread lightly and practice patience as it’s better to sacrifice firepower for stealth while navigating this minefield of hidden grenades.
  • Nowhere: Set in the middle of what was once a destination for weary desert travellers, the land is now barren and devoid of life. Pick off your enemies with the Longshot sniper rifle and make your way to the stairwell with a well-fortified team during this intense firefight.

Also included is an introduction to “Road to Ruin” from Epic Games design director Cliff Bleszinski, along with a custom Xbox LIVE theme, collectible “Gears of War 2” poster and a strategy guide.

The entire package equates to 3,600 Microsoft Points worth of content all for the low price of $19.99. If you're already enjoying all the map packs however, you can download the Dark Corners content on the same release date as the All Fronts Collection for 1,600 Microsoft Points but you don't get the theme, poster or strategy guide then. Seems like a weird pricing structure.

Either way, new Gears of War 2 content, especially campaign content, is welcomed with open arms. The Gears of War 2 All Fronts Collection and Dark Corners DLC is available July 28th.

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