The first Gears of War 3 DLC is set to feature Michael Barrick, lead character from of the Gears of War comic series, design director Cliff Bleszinski has confirmed.
Diving into the threads on Neogaf, the artist formerly known as Cliffy B confirmed that, "No, it won't be the graphic novel, but it will have all new campaign content that doesn't have Marcus, Dom, Cole and Baird in it. Expect Barrick and more..."
Bleszinski was also keen to take the notoriously sharp tongued posters of NeoGaf to task over claims that Gears of War 3's writing was substandard with an extended defence of Gears 3's plot line and writing.
Be aware there may be spoilers below:
"I'm not going to defend our story here, those who love it and get it truly adore it," said Bleszinski . "You can find plot holes in nearly anything, from Lord of the Rings to Dark Knight. Story, like any art, can be somewhat subjective and is easy to pick on."
"The GAF crowd can be somewhat cynical. If you go to YouTube and look up many of the cut scenes deemed 'silly' or 'cheesy' on here the majority of the comments over there cite how the scenes moved them, made them misty eyed, or out and out made them cry."
"And those of you citing Cole as some bad stereotype - guys, that's just Lester being Lester. We introduced Jace as a more laid back character as a contrast to Cole's enthusiasm (which, after playing his sequence, is his way of overcompensating for not being the centre of the universe and having to risk his neck for a can of beans now along with some aches and pains)."
"I believe we're getting better at storytelling with each effort and the critical consensus is that this is the best Gears narrative yet, and we'll keep doing better in the future. You can pick anything to shreds on the internet because you've got the time and balls afforded to you by a keyboard and monitor. "
Bleszinski then concluded "And no, we're not going to answer everything. Creatives often leave certain questions unanswered so they can answer them later or let the hive mind of the internet to figure it out. The Gearspedia has already solved a lot of these questions."
The added insight follows Bleszinski's words on the campaign DLC just over a week ago when he confirmed that Epic's direction is Rockstar inspired with the added content not featuring Gears' main cast members.