Gears of War 3 Dated and Detailed; Four-Player Co-op Coming

Gears of War 3 Dated and Detailed; Four-Player Co-op Coming


Microsoft released a presser detailing the exact release date for Gears of War 3 in all regions, as well as a Gears avatar-goodie release.

North America will get Gears of War 3 on april 5, 2011, it’s set to hit Japan on April 7th, and Europe bats clean-up with an April 8th release.  Starting on April 20, 2010, interested consumers can pick up Gears of War 3 avatar items

Cliff Bleszinski also told MeriStation (via IGN) that players can expect four-player co-op gameplay for the main campaign.  He confirmed that Marcus, Dom, Baird, and Cole will be the main playable characters, but that a second squad will also be in the mix, and that the different view points will meld with each other “Pulp Fiction style”.

Finally, two new weapons are coming into the fold including a double-barreled sawed-off shotgun and the Pendulum Lancer — this is in addition to the Chainsaw Lancer, but it features a nasty blade at the end.

Press Release:

The spectacular conclusion to one of the games industry’s most memorable and celebrated sagas, Gears of War 3, is poised to take the world by storm next spring. At this time next year, fans around the world will experience the epic story finale to the Gears of War trilogy, when the third installment in one of the biggest franchises in Xbox history arrives in stores worldwide: April 5, 2011, in North America, April 7 in Japan, and April 8 in Europe and the rest of the world.

“When we released Gears of War more than five years ago, we set out to tell the world an unforgettable story of bravery and sacrifice in the face of insurmountable odds, and a year from now, players will get the chance to experience the final chapter in the story of Marcus Fenix and his companions in Delta Squad,” said Cliff Bleszinski, Design Director at Epic Games. “This is definitely the biggest and most dramatic chapter yet in the Gears of War saga, and we can’t wait to deliver it.”

Developed by acclaimed studio Epic Games and available only on Xbox 360, Gears of War 3 plunges players into a harrowing tale of hope, survival, and brotherhood that will conclude the current story arc for Gears of War. With the last human city destroyed and the remaining survivors stranded, time is running out for Marcus and his comrades as they fight to save the human race from the jaws of extinction.

Gears of War is a blockbuster entertainment franchise that has inspired a full line of toys and collectibles, apparel, an upcoming film, graphic novels, and a book series by New York Times best-selling author Karen Traviss. The award-winning video games have sold more than 12 million units worldwide on Xbox 360, and due to their riveting multiplayer action are some of the most popular games ever played on Xbox LIVE.

To accompany today’s announcement, Microsoft and Epic Games unveiled “Ashes to Ashes,” the first trailer for Gears of War 3. Created in Unreal Engine 3 by the same team behind the iconic Gears of War video spots (“Mad World,” “Rendezvous,” and “Last Day”), the video captures a desperate three-way battle between Delta Squad, the Locust Horde, and the fearsome new Lambent.

Additionally, fans who want to share their excitement on Xbox LIVE will be able to choose from new Avatar items, available on Avatar Marketplace starting April 20, including the new COG armor introduced in Gears of War 3.

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