Epic Games revealed in their official forums that Microsoft will no longer be selling "gun-like" avatar items in the Xbox Live Marketplace, effective January 1. That means no more Gears 3 Hammerburst or Lancer, though if you purchase them before that date your avatar will still be able to weild them.

That'll give you a distinct advantage in the upcoming avatar civil war, during which the ones who still have firearms will force all the other avatars to play crappy Kinect games for their amusement. Not a fate we'd wish on anyone.

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