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Gears of War 4’s first DLC maps are returning favorites from Gears 3

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Maps rolling out starting Nov. 1

Gears of War 4 - Drydock map
The Drydock map in Gears of War 4.
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Gears of War 4’s first post-release multiplayer add-ons will be two fan-favorite maps returning from Gears of War 3, developer The Coalition announced today.

The maps, Checkout and Drydock, are two of the most popular ones from the franchise, according to community manager Liam Ashley. Both debuted in Gears 3, and Checkout was reworked and released in a map pack for Gears of War: Judgment. Here are the descriptions from The Coalition:

Drydock

Transported from a COG ship building facility to a ship breaking scrapyard on a Seran mudflat, this fan favorite returns with a vengeance to Gears of War 4 Versus Multiplayer and Horde modes.

Checkout

Revisit the iconic supermarket in Cole’s hometown of Hanover 25 years after the events of Gears of War 3 in this Legacy Map. Much like the rest of Sera, nature is reclaiming whatever it can following the Locust Wars, but that hasn’t slowed the fast, furious and frenetic combat that takes place between the checkout lanes and the electronics department.

Checkout and Drydock will be available next Tuesday, Nov. 1, for owners of Gears 4’s $49.99 season pass. For one week, they’ll be part of the game’s Developer Playlist, where they’ll be playable in the Versus Dodgeball and Arms Race modes for up to three partners and in the Horde mode on Normal difficulty. The maps will be released to the public for free on Nov. 8.

For more on Gears of War 4, read our review.