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Epic reveals 'Dark Corners' details
Epic Games has revealed details about the forthcoming Gears of War 2 main campaign expansion Dark Corners.

Earlier this year, the developer announced the addition as part of the title's downloadable content, which will offer seven completely new multiplayer maps, as well as a mission deleted from the main game.

Speaking on Major Nelson's podcast, designer Cliff Bleszinski said: "It's a 90 minute section that was actually snipped out of Gears of War 2, where Marcus and Dom are actually going to the Locust home world and they're basically suited up in Locust armour and have a choice - because they knocked out a couple of Therons - they can go in guns blazing as they always do, Rambo-style, or they can go with a more stealth approach, so it's a little bit of stealth in the Gears universe.

"You get Achievements for playing the mode either way and it kind of plugs right into the main game. It's actually the first time we've done any sort of single player DLC. It's kind of a test to see whether people dig it."

The additional segment will be bundled with three premium map packs in the All Fronts Collection, scheduled for release on July 28 for 800 Microsoft Points (£6.80).

Bleszinski revealed that doing a main campaign expansion rather than just multiplayer maps has proved "a lot more work" and also required lead writer Josh Ortega to get involved.

Elsewhere, the designer discussed his upcoming appearance at Comic-Con in San Diego with Gears of War film director Len Wiseman.

"I just got a new draft of the [movie] script the other day, and they're budgeting and storyboarding it right now. I don't want to say too much - I can't, I want to save a little bit of information for Comic-Con - but it's a wild ride, dude, start to finish," said Bleszinski.

"They're really doing a good job of actually really digging in and kind of enhancing the characters beyond Marcus being kind of a gruff, stoic guy, and so you get to know him a little bit better and the interplay between him and Dom and things like that.

"They're doing a bang-up job on it so far and my fingers are crossed that we're going to hopefully make the first damn good video game film."

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