According to Epic Games Community Manager "raczilla":
Lancer and Hammerburst avatar items no longer available on Marketplace on 1/1/2012
"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."
Unknown if this will be removed, but it looks pretty "gun-like" to me and the avatar animation is of the shooting variety:
Apparnetly attack helicotpers, stealth bombers and tanks are fine though.
And yet FIFA Gold Premium Packs will remain.
It's not like they ban games where you can shoot stuff. MS simply does not want to show that kind of stuff because it IS available to everyone including kids.
Yup. Gotta love it don't you. They push the 360 as the hardcore gamer's console that isn't for the kiddies only to turn around mid gen and go the exact opposite direction.
Really? Where did you see the console being pushed with avatars holding guns?
so it's official. MSFT pushing for the kid friendly family focused image on all cylinders.
Can you trade avatar items? Might wanna horde some.
Yes. He either made a joke, or he's a bad speller.
Why. So. Serious?
Yet a third one, that can't fucking spell