Gears of War 3 'RAAM's Shadow' DLC announced

Having teased that Gears of War 3 campaign downloadable content wouldn't star series mainstays Delta Squad, Epic has revealed just whose metal boots you'll step into. The developer today announced the DLC 'RAAM's Shadow,' a prequel to the series starring a new squad with some familiar faces.

More surprisingly, though, you'll also get to play as Gears of War 1's final boss, General RAAM.

RAAM's Shadow will see you join Zeta Squad, commanded by Michael Barrick from the Gears comic, Lt. Minh Young Kim from Gears 1, Tai Kaliso from Gears 2, and new character Alicia Valera. This ill-fated group will face RAAM as they try to evacuate Ilima City post-Emergence Day.

Though, really, who isn't more excited about getting to play as RAAM at some point, assaulting Ilima and being generally unpleasant to humans?

"RAAM’s imposing size and strength, along with his Kryll shield, make him one of the most powerful and daunting foes in the 'Gears' universe," design director Cliff Bleszinski said in the announcement. "We think fans are going to have a blast unleashing hell upon the poor humans for the first time in a campaign setting."

RAAM's Shadow will pack an estimated three hours of campaign content, along with six new multiplayer characters, the Chocolate Weapon Set, and another 250 Gamerscore of achievements. Slated to launch on December 13, it'll cost 1,200 Microsoft Points ($15), or come with the $30 Season Pass.