Gears of War: Judgment features microtransactions offering double XP boosts for set periods.
Players can purchase double XP for ten online matches for 80 Microsoft Points (£0.69 / €0.96 / $1.00), for 50 matches for 320 MSP (£2.74 / €3.84 / $4.00), for 100 matches for 560 MSP (£4.80 / €6.72 / $7.00), and for 200 matches for 800 MSP (£6.85 / €9.60 / $10.00).
As previously reported, purchasing the Gears of War: Judgment season pass for 1600 MSP (£13.71 / €19.20 / $20) will offer buyers new maps and modes at a discounted price, as well as a permanent double XP boost.
It should be pointed out that the amount of XP a player has isn't linked to any material gameplay advantages. Reaching certain XP - and ribbon and kill - milestones in the game unlocks prize boxes featuring new weapon camos and character skins.
Gears of War: Judgement becomes the latest game in a growing line of triple-A console titles to embrace microtransactions, with other notable recent examples including Dead Space 3 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.
Microsoft has confirmed a Gears of War: Judgment release date of March 19, 2013 in the US and March 22 in the UK.
In CVG's Gears of War: Judgment review published this morning, we praised the People Can Fly prequel's tight combat and fresh weapons, though ultimately stated the new game is "less essential" than the original trilogy.
See what other critics thought in our Gears of War: Judgment review round-up.