Gears 3 out on September 20 worldwide – info embargo lifts 8pm GMT tonight

Wednesday, 23rd February 2011 05:28 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Microsoft’s confirmed it’ll launch Gears of War 3 worldwide on September 20, as well as releasing new info on weapons and maps.

Gears of War 3

First announced in April 2010 by Cliff Bleszinski on US TV.

Was due to launch on April 8 this year, but was delayed into fall this year back in October 2010.

Is the final part of the Gears of War trilogy.

A Kinect-enabled spin-off on the series is also thought to be in development.

Japan gets the game on September 22.

The news comes via way of Xbox EU community boss Graeme “AceyBongos” Boyd.

GoW3 was previously delayed from an April 8 launch to fall this year back in October of last year.

Microsoft’s also confirmed new multiplayer details, including new maps like Trenches, Overpass, Mercy, Checkout, and Thrashball.

New weapons for the game include the Bayonet Charge, the Retro Lancer, the Sawed-off Shotgun, the OneShot, the Incendiary Grenade, the Digger Launcher and tweaks to old weapons Hammerburst and the Classic Lancer.

Each weapon will also feature its own execution move.

Impressions from the game as well as interviews and news on the multiplayer beta will arrive later on tonight at 8pm GMT.

“Big” announcement

Producer Rod Fergusson previously tweeted that a “big” announcement on the game would be made today.

He said:

“A big Gears 3 announcement hits tomorrow!”

The news comes as Microsoft is holding an X11-type event in San Francisco this week. Justin Kranzl was at the event for VG247.

To help tide the release of the game, a multiplayer beta for Gears 3 will take place later this year.

The taster was first announced last year, when Epic announced it would take place early on this year. Scheduling reasons had kept the company from previously doing a taster until now.

The beta will be used as feedback for what will eventually go into the main game later this year.

Epic announced near the end of last year that those who buy the Epic Edition of Bulletstorm for 360 will get access to the beta, but Fergusson said earlier this week that buying the People Can Fly shooter isn’t the only way in.

“No, but it’s the best way in with [a] headstart and exclusive content,” he said.

Gears of War 3′s multiplayer will also support dedicated servers, with Epic design boss Cliff Bleszinski saying its addition will give players a “level playing field.”

“[Dedicated servers] are more about online performance because when you have a client-server architecture with Gears, you have somebody hosting and that host has somewhat of an inherent advantage over everybody else, which becomes this big [negative] thing,” he said at the time.

“Like, in Gears or in Counter-Strike, if somebody kicked your ass, you claimed they were wall hacking even though they weren’t. And now if you win in Gears it’s, ‘You have host advantage!’ But by removing [client servers] you suddenly have a level playing field for everybody. We have a server farm that Microsoft is helping us out with, so people will have a level playing field.”



  1. ton77

    awesome. i wonder what it’s gonna be.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. osric90

    I need GoW, GoW2 and GoW3 on Steam right now.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. locus2k1

    They’re going to announce whether or not Kenny… er, I mean Carmine dies? :D

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Blerk

    Considering it’s so far away, I wonder if they’d consider doing a ‘bite-size’ XBLA Gears episode to tide people over, like Dead Rising 2 did last year?

    Anyway, this’ll probably be the Kinect spin-off thing that was supposed to be announced at the VGAs, surely?

    #4 4 years ago
  5. EscoBlades

    Gears of War Exile.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. sonny

    A really big announcement would be Gears 1, 2, 3 coming to ps3 :)

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Gekidami

    Yep, the news story about that should be mentioned in the article, imo.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. mojo

    kinects of war?

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Zana

    “We have decided to hire an art director.”

    #9 4 years ago
  10. OrbitMonkey

    Upcoming dlc for Gears 3.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. itsucks

    Announcement: We decided to delay Gears 2 to 2012 so all shooters on the shooterstationsequelitis can have a shot at 100.000 unitis sold and not just 1.000 if they were going against our 2 million in 24hours.
    pieceofshit3 it only does nothin.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. OrbitMonkey

    ^ Someone needs a edit button…

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Crysis


    #13 4 years ago
  14. Erthazus

    @itsucks, but he is actually right to be honest. I mean really, lets see if Killzone 3 can sell more then Killzone 2 which was a dissapointment for a company.

    We all know that Microsoft will push gears Of War 3 to death and it will sell like hotcake. considering it’s christmas and Gears Of war 1-2 sold for 5 million units +

    Multiplatform titles like Crysis 2 or Portal 2 will sell good, everyone know that, so…

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Crysis

    @14, Who gives a flying fuck about sales? My guess is pathetic & childish fanboys & the people behind the actual product.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Suikoden Fan

    @15 what matters most is whoever buys a game likes said game regardless of anything else, regardless of sales, fanboyism etc

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Blerk

    Release date confirmed as September 20th in US and Europe, according to AceyBongos.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Blerk

    Hey, what happened to the other thread? :-D

    I’ll say it again, then:
    A bit early for the Christmas season, I wonder what they’ve got lined up for that besides Forza?

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Darth Murse

    Ahhhh… Dedicated servers. I may have to start playing this franchise again. WORST host advantage in FPS ever. Liked hearing Cliff say they admit they dropped the ball on Gears 2 MP out of the gate, but eventually fixed it through patches. Bad thing was, most people moved onto COD by the time it was actually “fixed”. Looking forward to this.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Zarckan


    #20 4 years ago
  21. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    so i’m behind – what’s the big announcment?

    #21 4 years ago
  22. spiderLAW

    that it finally has a solid ww release date. 9/20/2011

    #22 4 years ago
  23. YoungZer0

    Yawn, people still care about this bland and boring game?

    #23 4 years ago
  24. Erthazus

    @Blerk, Halo…. HD.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. Prof.Dr.Moertel

    September 20th is my birthday :P

    #25 4 years ago
  26. Blandock


    There’s a countdown for the first, in-game look at The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. Maximum Payne

    ^^ is it tomorrow Microsoft press conference ?

    #27 4 years ago
  28. MushroomStamp

    Sweetness!! Now I just wonder how long I have to look at the greyed-out Gears 3 Beta menu staring at me every time I startup bulletstorm.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. Dark

    im not i PC gamer but it is shame PC gamer can’t enjoy this game
    why they didn’t release the second one for PC anyway?

    #29 4 years ago
  30. guapo

    Please get this spammer out of here ^^31^^ :) thanx

    #30 4 years ago
  31. Isaaclarke37

    Can’t wait for the beta or the full game.

    #31 4 years ago
  32. Johnny Cullen

    I’ve added in the embargo details.

    #32 4 years ago

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