Two of the 360's most popular online games will get a shot of life in the first week of April when Halo 3 and Gears of War 2 both get brand new map packs.
If you're still playing Halo 3, you either really love the game or have nothing else to play. In either case, it wouldn't be much of a stretch of the imagination to presume that you've already picked up the limited edition of Halo Wars to get the packed-in early access to the new Halo 3 maps that make up the "Mythic Map Pack." If you didn't have the dedication to Halo 3 to drive you to buy another game just to get new maps, well, April's your month, as Bungie will be releasing the new maps on the 9th.
The pack comes with three maps: Sandbox, Assembly and Orbital. Sandbox is basically what it sounds like: a huge, open-ended map designed for massive vehicles and maximum customizability via Halo 3's make-your-own-fun Forge Mode. "Sandbox is a map unlike any Bungie has ever created," the studio boasts. Assembly, meanwhile, is a medium-sized map built for Slayer and Capture the Flag. Orbital, on the other hand, is an asymmetrical, small-sized arena good for Slayer but more suited for other one-sided mode.
As for that other 360-only shooter franchise with the evil aliens and badass space marines, it'll be getting some love too on March 31 with the Snowblind Map Pack offering three new maps. Gears 2 will also receive a major patch a week earlier that will implement a new experience system for multiplayer ranking.
Both the Halo 3 and Gears of War 2 map packs will cost 800 Microsoft Points.