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    Default [UNOFFICIAL] The DLC 1 "Horde Command Pack" Info Thread - Many Questions Answered!

    *Please note this is not an official FAQ, just one that I have made to help out the community. I will continue to update it with information as Epic makes it available to us.*


    Hi folks,

    Just thought I'd post an information thread in regards to the upcoming "Horde Command Pack" DLC1 this November. I try to answer many of the common questions... so here we go!

    *Answers to some commonly asked questions and additional information are at the bottom of this post*


    RECAP OF THE PRESS RELEASE:

    Release Date: November 1, 2011
    Cost: 800MSP or free download for Season Pass holders
    New Achievements: 250G

    Maps Included:

    • Blood Drive:

      The Jacinto Medical Plaza was overwhelmed by evacuated citizens after the government-sanctioned Hammer Strikes, and the ensuing riots quickly turned this safe haven into a dangerous inferno. An abundance of high ground and funneled choke points make this map a returning favorite to Horde.

    • Rustlung:

      Once the pride of the Royal Tyran Navy, the foredecks of this decommissioned battleship are now riddled with bullet holes. Any team with the fortitude to hold the exposed central torpedo bay will find that the ship’s Loader has been replaced with a battle-ready Silverback mech suit.

    • Azura:

      This island resort was once the exclusive domain of Sera’s educated elite, but the tranquil water gardens and lush foliage have become a hotly contested combat zone. Dual snipers overlook a powerful explosive weapon, while the defensive central platform may be your last resort of retreat.


    New Horde Fortification Features:

    • Command Center: A brand new type of fortification that allows you to call in fire support from sniper teams, mortar strikes and even multiple Hammers of Dawn.
    • Sentry Upgrade: This upgrade adds a fire bolt sentry that deals much more damage and is very effective against Berserkers.
    • Decoy Upgrade: A new fortification level that turns your decoy into an Onyx Guard bot that will fight in your defense.
    • Silverback Upgrade: This advancement allows you to upgrade your Silverback exo-suit with devastating rockets and extra levels of repair cost reduction.


    New Characters:

    • Onyx Guard
    • Big Rig Dizzy
    • Bernie Mataki


    New Weapon Skins:

    • Team Plasma
    • Jungle Camo



    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND QUESTIONS ANSWERED:

    Q: What game modes will these new maps be playable in?
    A: They will be playable in Horde, Beast, and private Versus multiplayer.
    Source: Rod Fergusson Twitter post here

    Q: Why are they not playable in public Versus multiplayer?
    A: It is a dedicated server issue. Eventually you will be able to play DLC 1 maps in public Versus, but not at launch. When is TBD. The primary focus of this DLC pack is also for Horde, hence it's name.
    Source: Rod Fergusson Twitter post here

    Q: If I buy the DLC 1 Horde Command Pack and my friends don't, can they still play Horde with me and will I be able to use my new fortification features?
    A: Yes

    Q: Will the new DLC Characters and Weapon Skins be usable right away or do they need to be unlocked?
    A: They will be available for use right away.

    Q: Will my new character and weapon skins be viewable in all game types by all players including public Versus?
    A: Yes

    Q: What are the new achievements going to be?
    A: The new achievements are worth 250G and are as follows:
    • 25G: "The Host with the Most" - Host a full party on one of the DLC maps in a private Horde game.
    • 25G: "Places to See, People to Destroy" - Host a full party on one of the DLC maps in a private Beast game.
    • 50G: "What does this button do?" - Get 500 kills with Silverback Rockets.
    • 50G: "It's Hammer Time" - Get your Horde Command Center upgraded to level four.
    • 100G: "Kill Locust Like a Boss" - Defeat any boss wave on Hardcore difficulty as five Onyx Guards.



    Q: If entering a public Horde match, will we be able to pick DLC maps if the host has the maps but not all players do?
    A: Yes, they are playable because they are not on dedicated servers, and only the host needs to have them, not all players.
    Source: here

    Q: I already bought the full weapon skin pack and now they are included with this DLC?!
    A: The weapon skins included with the DLC 1 pack are not included in any weapon skin bundle nor can they be purchased separately, so don't worry - you didn't already buy them.

    Q: What about indoor maps? How can the Command Center bring in Hammer of Dawn support or Mortar Support on those types of maps (such as Rustlung and Checkout)?
    A: For these kinds of maps, other features will be available such as a team of Onyx Guards with Boomshots that come in to help you out, etc.



    OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION:


    Only the host of a Horde/Beast/Private Versus lobby needs to have the DLC 1 pack purchased for everyone else in the game to play on the DLC 1 maps. However, only the people that have purchased the pack will be able to earn the new achievements and build the new fortification features (if playing Horde).

    Source: This post and this post

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    I will keep updating this thread as more information becomes available!

    Cheers!
    Last edited by AHal; 10-11-2011 at 12:46 AM. Reason: added character/weapon skin usable Q/A

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    Gotta get this stickied - nice job summarizing the events of the day
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    Q: Why are they not playable in public Versus multiplayer?
    A: It is a dedicated server issue. Eventually you will be able to play DLC 1 maps in public Versus, but not at launch. When is TBD.
    Source: Rod Fergusson Twitter post here

    Wait, WTF!!!! My anger toward the DLC and its cost just grew.....
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    nice job ..lets hope this clears things up..lets hope
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    Are we being screwed?

    - yes, we are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enilson4 View Post
    Gotta get this stickied - nice job summarizing the events of the day
    Quote Originally Posted by mvviking71 View Post
    nice job ..lets hope this clears things up..lets hope
    Thanks for the feedback.

    I'll keep updating with more info as it becomes available.

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    LOL! Glad I didnt buy season pass yet.

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    can someone please answe this question:

    i do not have the season pass yet, although i will buy it tonight. Is it still available and will i still get this free after the announcent?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pjbreadmaster View Post
    can someone please answe this question:

    i do not have the season pass yet, although i will buy it tonight. Is it still available and will i still get this free after the announcent?
    Yes you will. As long as you purchase season pass, the next four DLC packs are free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pjbreadmaster View Post
    can someone please answe this question:

    i do not have the season pass yet, although i will buy it tonight. Is it still available and will i still get this free after the announcent?
    Season Pass will always be available. You can wait till these maps are playable, and then buy it if you want to

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    This needs to be sticked badly!

    BUT I still have a question: Price with and without seasonpass? I read 800 MSP somewhere, but not sure if thats with or without
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ereaser View Post
    This needs to be sticked badly!

    BUT I still have a question: Price with and without seasonpass? I read 800 MSP somewhere, but not sure if thats with or without
    It's 800MSP without Season Pass - if you have the Season Pass, there is no charge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pjbreadmaster View Post
    can someone please answe this question:

    i do not have the season pass yet, although i will buy it tonight. Is it still available and will i still get this free after the announcent?
    Yes and yes

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    Regardless of my personal feeling toward the DLC this is a great and informative thread. Nicely done, should be stickied.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt S View Post
    Q: Why are they not playable in public Versus multiplayer?
    A: It is a dedicated server issue. Eventually you will be able to play DLC 1 maps in public Versus, but not at launch. When is TBD.
    Source: Rod Fergusson Twitter post here

    Wait, WTF!!!! My anger toward the DLC and its cost just grew.....
    It's still pretty good for the price. They will eventually be available in public Versus modes as well, just not at launch.

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    OMG! This is awsome!

    Hope they just keep building onto the Horde mode. This is really going to make Horde better.

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    Any word on the achievements?
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    very nice job on the thread
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    Anyone else notice the "you can play it without buying it as long as the Host of the party has it" thing?

    Yeah. These maps, and features, are already on the disc (old topic I know, but I can still rage can't I?).
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    DLC maps can't be played in Public....... What about Ranked versus?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DizzyWallout View Post
    DLC maps can't be played in Public....... What about Ranked versus?
    No, private only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G.Carmine View Post
    Any word on the achievements?
    Not yet, just that it will be 250G (as per Xbox Live rules, 250G per quarter to a max of 1750G game total) and that for this first pack they will be all Horde related. Next pack will be Campaign, following one will be Versus oriented achievements.

    Quote Originally Posted by DizzyWallout View Post
    DLC maps can't be played in Public....... What about Ranked versus?
    No, at launch they will not be playable in any public Versus modes - whether it is Quick Match or Ranked Match.

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    big rig dizzy = epic win
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    Quote Originally Posted by DizzyWallout View Post
    DLC maps can't be played in Public....... What about Ranked versus?
    I literally facepalmed when I read that.

    Public = Quick Match and Ranked
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    Will we get the option to pick DLC maps if the host in Public horde has them? Basically what I'm asking will we be able to play these maps in public horde matches or just private?
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaintTheTownRed View Post
    No, private only.
    Quote Originally Posted by AHal View Post
    Not yet, just that it will be 250G (as per Xbox Live rules, 250G per quarter to a max of 1750G game total) and that for this first pack they will be all Horde related. Next pack will be Campaign, following one will be Versus oriented achievements.



    No, at launch they will not be playable in any public Versus modes - whether it is Quick Match or Ranked Match.

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    wow, lol......... No map packs playlist????
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    Quote Originally Posted by Panasonic3do View Post
    Will we get the option to pick DLC maps if the host in Public horde has them? Basically what I'm asking will we be able to play these maps in public horde matches or just private?
    Just private. Notice the word "public" you used? Ok, now think about it... They said "no public"...
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    Quote Originally Posted by DizzyWallout View Post
    wow, lol......... No map packs playlist????
    Not at launch. It is because of a dedicated server issue. My own theory is that because the server is the host, essentially any player could play the maps and there likely isn't a system to check in place as of now.

    Just my theory, that is not confirmed.

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    Wtf? Only that lame ass hillbilly redneck, his *****, and an awesome Onyx Guard? -_-

    The maps make it worth it... Kinda.

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    I can't lie, i'm a bit pissed that they didn't get this sh1t figured out before they released it,,, I mean, releasing a map pack that can't be played in all the modes is BS. I had the utmost confidence that epic would produce quality dlc, as they always have in the past, and thats why i bought the season pass when i did, fool me once,,,, i damn sure wont be buying a season pass the next time they offer one. Epic has just made a fool out of me..........
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    Quote Originally Posted by Metalhead Theron View Post
    Wtf? Only that lame ass hillbilly redneck, his *****, and an awesome Onyx Guard? -_-

    The maps make it worth it... Kinda.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Master Roshi View Post
    Just private. Notice the word "public" you used? Ok, now think about it... They said "no public"...
    Q: What game modes will these new maps be playable in?
    A: They will be playable in Horde, Beast, and private Versus multiplayer.
    Source: Rod Fergusson Twitter post here

    Where in this answer does this say only "private" horde? It says Horde, Beast and "private" versus multiplayer.
    This is why I was asking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by L3P3RxM3SSIAH View Post
    I can't lie, i'm a bit pissed that they didn't get this sh1t figured out before they released it,,, I mean, releasing a map pack that can't be played in all the modes is BS. I had the utmost confidence that epic would produce quality dlc, as they always have in the past, and thats why i bought the season pass when i did, fool me once,,,, i damn sure wont be buying a season pass the next time they offer one. Epic has just made a fool out of me..........
    Uhhh... You can play on it eventually.

    And really, think about it.

    Retail value is 800G. $10US.

    You get:

    3 new maps
    3 new features
    3 new characters
    2 new weapon skins

    I would assume you get the characters and weapon skins "free of charge" (as in, part of the buying it buys the characters and skins). Definitely worth the money. Plus, wait a little bit and you can play the maps in public as well. It's not that big a deal that you can't honestly, you have 10 maps to play on already.
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    kinda loving the ability to bring in fire support.

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    Will we be able to play as the characters in every mode though?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skillet View Post
    Will we be able to play as the characters in every mode though?
    Yes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skillet View Post
    Will we be able to play as the characters in every mode though?
    Yes - this is answered in the original post. All other players will be able to see your character as well, regardless of game mode.

    Cheers

    PS. Prepare to see teams full of Onyx Guards in multiplayer I know I'll be one for a while...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Panasonic3do View Post
    Will we get the option to pick DLC maps if the host in Public horde has them? Basically what I'm asking will we be able to play these maps in public horde matches or just private?

    Got the answer for you:

    Yes, they are playable in PUBLIC HORDE because it is not on dedicated servers. And only the host of this match needs the DLC pack, so the other players that don't have it get a bonus if they get to play on them!

    Source: http://twitter.com/#!/GearsViking/st...57651564179456

    Updated the first post...

    Cheers!

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    Bullish** $10 for on-disc content that we can't even play in versus

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    Are people complaining?
    This is Real DLC
    COD is like $15 for 3 (Crap) maps and a zombie map

    I only Play Private matches W/O Sawed Off's so this is going to be perfect for me
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