Epic Games Community Manager, Will Kinsler (aka Raczilla) has revealed on the official Epic forums that Microsoft’s new policy for the Xbox LIVE Avatar Marketplace in 2012 is not to distribute anything that resembles or acts like a gun. As an effect of the new policy all guns including the Gears Lancer and Hammerburst will be removed from the Marketplace.
Quoted by Kinsler:
Heads up! Starting on Jan. 1, 2012, the Lancer and Hammerburst avatar items will no longer be available on Xbox LIVE Marketplace. If you’ve purchased the items prior to Jan. 1, you will be able to keep them. A new policy goes into effect for all gun-like avatar items on the Marketplace, so get them while they’re hot.
Epic Games Community Manager
The only confirmed items to be removed are the Gears of War Lancer and Hammerburst weapons, so if you want to flash your guns about before the new rule comes into effect in the New Year, now is as good a time as any to buy them.