Gears of War 3 multiplayer maps revealed

With less than a month until the most anticipated juggernaut of 2011 storms retail stores, Epic Games and Microsoft Studios today unleashed the first look at the complete line-up of Gears of War 3 multiplayer maps, including the reveal of Gridlock, the revamped fan-favourite battleground returning from Gears of War and Gears of War 2.

The main characters of Epic Games' Gears of War 3 (image: IGN)

On top of the critically-acclaimed series’ most epic-scale campaign yet, Gears of War 3 is poised to deliver the must-have multiplayer experience of the year with 10 action-packed maps based on stunning campaign environments, all playable in Versus Multiplayer, Beast and Horde mode.

Additionally, Gears of War 3 includes a modified version of Gridlock, the legendary map that defined multiplayer gameplay in Gears 1 and Gears 2.

Featuring graphical enhancements and new weapon spawns, the new Gridlock is set in the eerie darkness of night, forcing you to stay on your toes and work as a team as you stalk your opponents from the shadows.

Thanks to the participation and feedback of more than 1.2 million fans, Gears of War 3 also features improved versions of Old Town, Thrashball and Trenches from this spring’s public multiplayer beta. These maps have been enhanced based on player behaviour to offer a more balanced and enjoyable experience for veterans and rookies alike.

For example, Trenches features a new combat area that significantly changes the dynamic of the fire-fights, and similar modifications have been made to Thrashball to better prevent spawn camping and level the playing field.

Staff writer