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Gears 1 maps to be DLC for Gears 2

Buy the sequel and get them for free.

Epic plans to offer five multiplayer maps from Gears of War 1 as downloadable content for Gears of War 2.

Those buying the sequel will be given vouchers to unlock the five stages - Gridlock, Subway, Canals, Mansion, Tyro Station - for free, according to magazine GamePro (read by Evil Avatar).

If legitimate (we're checking), this should provide an adequate deterrent to buying pre-owned copies of the Xbox 360 shooter. Crafty.

The GamePro feature also noted that the photo editor, which allows corpses or spectators to press "B" and capture the action, will not be feature-complete at launch. This will be added to in time, and Epic plans to run monthly competition for the best stills.

Head over to our fresh-out-of-the-oven hands-on impressions with Gears of War 2 for much more information. Or perhaps you'd like to watch an exclusive video about the enemies in Gears of War 2, or enjoy Eurogamer TV interviewing probably our best friend Cliff Bleszinski.

No? Well there's always that Gears of War 2 competition to have a punt on: real-life COG tag and signed book star prize, you know.

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