Gears of War 3 DLC to feature Barrick

Epic Games have announced that the upcoming Gears of War 3 downloadable content won’t feature the usual main characters from the franchise, but will rather focus on a soldier who features in the game’s graphic novel.

The main cast of Gears of War 3 (image: Planet Gears)

Epic Games design director Cliff Bleszinski confirmed that the DLC will centre on spin-off character Michael Barrick, but added that the graphic novel won’t be turned into the DLC.

“No, it won’t be the graphic novel. But it will have all new campaign content that doesn’t have Marcus, Dom, Cole and Baird in it. Expect Barrick and more…,” he told NeoGAF.

While the game has received great review, some critics weren’t happy with the delivery of the plot, something Bleszinski wasn’t too happy about. “I’m not going to defend our story here, those who love it and get it truly adore it. You can find plot holes in nearly anything, from Lord of the Rings to Dark Knight. Story, like any art, can be somewhat subjective and is easy to pick on.”

“I believe we’re getting better at storytelling with each effort and the critical consensus is that this is the best Gears narrative yet, and we’ll keep doing better in the future,” he added.

Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor