Yesterday was a big day for Gears of War fans, as Larry "Major Nelson" Hyrb hosted a huge reveal for the forthcoming prequel, Judgment, online, with more details coming out of the multiplayer side (including Survival Mode, a spin-off of the popular Horde Mode) and plenty of sick footage to watch.

But one of the bigger highlights shown yesterday involve a new chapter tie-in to the single player story, one that will come full circle with the events that unfold in the previously released Gears of War 3.  Titled Aftermath, this unlockable chapter explains more about Baird, Cole and Clayton Carmine's mission to find reinforcements for their fellow team members before the COG are able to do massive damage to Azura.

In the video clip, Epic Games senior producer Alan Van Slyke explains that "Aftermath is two things.  One, for the Gears 3 fans who wanted more traditional Gears 3 content, it's there to satisfy them.  Two, I think it gives us a chance to bookend the trilogy, so we have Cole and Baird leaving to go get reinforcements at the end of Gears 3 and we're able to build upon that.  So it gives Judgment nice additional content to be able to bookend the trilogy with something that happened right after Emergence Day prior to Gears 1, and also plays off the traditional Gears 3 content."

And this extra content won't cost you a thing, as it'll be unlockable once you beat Judgment's main story mode.  Nice!

Gears of War: Judgment hits the Xbox 360 on March 19th.