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Microsoft showcase – Gears 3 beta out mid-April, Fable III PC and second Reach map pack dated

Thursday, 24 February 2011 20:06 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Microsoft’s confirmed that it’ll launch the multiplayer beta for Gears of War 3 in mid-April in a ton of news coming out from its San Francisco showcase.

It’s also announced that it’s releasing new Fable III DLC, Traitor’s Keep, on March 1, as well as announcing the PC version of the Lionhead RPG will launch on May 17 in the US and May 19 in the UK. Screenshots for the PC version are posted below.

It also confirmed the Defiant Map Pack for Halo: Reach will release on March 15.

The Gears 3 beta will contain three multiplayer modes and four new maps as the game heads into its September 20 launch. Fans can decide what maps it would like to see included by going to its Facebook page.

Read our interview with Gears of War 3 producer Rod Fergusson and art director Chris Perna here.

The Traitor’s Pack for Fable III will feature three new levels: Ravenscar Keep, Clockwork Island, and the Godwin Estate. You’ll also take on new quests as well as meet “a mysterious prisoner.”

DLC will also come with “additional content” and a further 250GS of achievements.

For the Halo: Reach Defiant Map Pack, it will feature three new maps for both competitive multiplayer and Firefight: Condemned, Highlands and Unearthed.

The pack will cost 800 MS points.

Also confirmed is that Doodle Jump and Plants vs Zombies will make the jump to Windows Phone 7, with Nelson confirming that Angry Birds will also be on the platform.

As well as that, the sequel to The Dishwasher, known as Vampire Smile, will launch with full 3D support in spring.

Other games at the showcase in San Francisco right now include:

  • Batman: Arkham City
  • Crysis 2 3D
  • Homefront
  • Child of Eden (Kinect)
  • Shift 2: Unleashed
  • Sesame Street: Once Upon A Time (Kinect)
  • The Gunstringer (Kinect)
  • The Da Vinci Disappearance [Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood add-on]
  • The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile
  • Beyond Good and Evil HD

Justin Kranzl attended the event for VG247, and you can read up on what all he saw through here.

Here’s the confirmed line-up for the console in 2001 so far:

Exclusive Games for Xbox 360

  • Fable III Traitor’s Keep (DLC) – March 1, 560 MSP
  • Gears of War 3 – September 20
  • Halo: Reach Defiant Map Pack (DLC) – March 15, 800 MSP
  • Once Upon a Monster (Kinect XBLA) – Fall
  • The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile (XBLA) – 2011
  • The Gunstringer (Kinect XBLA) – 2011
  • Torchlight (XBLA) – March 9, 1200 MSP

Multi-platform games also on Xbox 360

  • Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood – The Da Vinci Disappearance (PSN, XBL) (DLC) – 2011
  • Batman: Arkham City (PC, PS3, Xbox 360) – Fall
  • Beyond Good & Evil HD (PSN, XBLA) – March 2, 800 MSP
  • Child of Eden (XBLA, PSN) – 2011
  • Crysis 2 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360) – March 22 & 25
  • Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime (PC, PS3, Xbox 360) – March
  • Homefront (PC, PS3, Xbox 360) – March 15 & 18
  • Shift 2: Unleashed (PC, PS3, Xbox 360) – April 1

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29 Comments

  1. Bloodyghost

    Sweet stuff. I was going to think that my April was going to be dry with Bulletstorm this month, Crysis 2 and Torchlight next month and Brink and Duke Nukem Forever May.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Shonak

    Erm, okay. And what about new Xbox exclusives? They bring more than Gears of War 3 and Forza 4 for the Core.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Shonak

    I mean, they have to bring more than Gears 3 and Forza 4.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Bloodyghost

    Come now. Hopefully there is more? Is this just the stuff they had at the start of the conference?

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Shonak

    Somebody knows if a site has a liveblog?

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Moonwalker1982

    So is this already over or still ongoing? If these are the anouncements that MS said was gonna be great for hardcore gamers, sigh….we KNEW about that Halo mappack.

    A date for GOW3 beta is cool but nothing to go OMFG about and Fable 3 DLC? nah.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Bloodyghost

    Can someone big like the author tell us if this is all happening currently?

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Mike

    nownewgameslol

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Bloodyghost

    God thank you, I was about to have a heart attack thinking this was ALL!

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Mike

    Nope. This is all: http://majornelson.com/archive/2011/02/24/gears-of-war-3-beta-update-and-much-more-just-announced-long.aspx

    (still not much)

    #10 4 years ago
  11. daytripper

    i dont understand why they had a press event just to announce whats just been announced. nothing new of note at all. i think ms’ controller exclusive strategy is going piss poor.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Bloodyghost

    @Mike, then why does it say at the end of the article that there is going to be more?

    IF your right then I will be seriously fuming.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Shonak

    Sucks to be Major Nelson right now; I seriously want to spam his blog now but I have get drunken… now at least I am desperate enough to drink myself into coma.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Moonwalker1982

    Batman: AC? Hmmm….maybe some gameplay finally?

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Bloodyghost

    @13 At least you can drink. I have nothing here except fucking pop and Orange Juice.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Moonwalker1982

    GOod thing i didn’t get all excited and looking forward to this day, because i just knew that it was possible that the event wouldn’t be anything special.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. daytripper

    @13 his blog (majors) is getting some stick right now in the comment section, seems to be a lot of underwhelmed gamers, personally if they dont have some decent e3 stuff i’ll probably trade it in for ps3 games.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Bloodyghost

    @16 in the back of my mind I knew it was going to be utter shit. But I just did not want to believe they would fuck up countless times over.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Shonak

    @15: Get some then. On the last E3 during the MS press conference I drank like 4 Gin Tonic because it was full of crap.

    @17: Yeah, right now I think the same way. I wanna play Gears of War 3 but if they continue to invest nothing at all in Exclusive I don’t see any reason why I should keep my (actually beloved) Xbox 360. Otherwise, I’d hate to lose all my Arcadestuff and Savegames. And as long as Remedy develops for MS I need to keep my xbox 360 anyway.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. daytripper

    @18 i hope this doesnt turn into a fanboy festish but you have to admit, their exclusive strategy, mainly for controller based games is looking weaker by the year. i dont know what systems you own but if you only own a 360 then apart from gears and forza (kingdoms could be kinect) then i understand feeling a tad pissed.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. darksied

    Typical Microsoft, get everyone’s hopes up with news, and this is what we get. Kinect games and a date for the Gears beta. Truly pathetic. Any new exclusives for core gamers, or are we SOL?

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Shonak

    Major Nelson just wrote: “Hey all, I’ll share this feedback. Many of you may have been expecting a few of these news items, but this was our moment to confirm and or provide details around them.

    We’ll have more news later this year at E3 and beyond. ”

    Yeah, well, we’ll see about.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. Bloodyghost

    @20 Yeah I only own a xbox, I need a get a job. Fuck.

    @19 Oh I drank a few beers. That was all tho. I had a Manhattan during TGS.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. datamonkey

    WTF! They had a press event for this?!

    I think this Microsoft’s poor attempt at aresponse to being currently wiped under the floor by Sony.

    I was expecting first party exclusives not friggin DLC we already know about and ports of 2 year old iphone games.

    It looks like MS spent too much of their resources trying to better Nintendo with Kinect while Sony cater for the core gamers, meanwhile MS are in limbo-land.

    This is very poor…

    #24 4 years ago
  25. Moonwalker1982

    @19

    And this i don’t get, why would you sell your Xbox 360? Ok so 360 doesn;t have much exclusives this year, but there’s a ridiculous long list of sick multiplatform games coming this year , alot of them have multiplayer too. Personally i buy all my multiplatform games for my 360 and simply the sony exclusives for my PS3.

    I see zero reason to sell my 360.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. Blerk

    Disappointing so far, for sure. I mean, it’ll be nice to get some footage of all those things because I’m looking forward to a fair few of them, but where’s the new stuff? E3 seems dreadfully late for stuff for this year, so it’s looking increasingly like they’re not actually going to bother doing anything. Which is a bit of a shame.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. spiderLAW

    typicall
    more reasons my Xbox is sitting looking pretty. Only 3 games on mine see play time (Halo Reach, L4D2, and NFS Most Wanted)

    #27 4 years ago
  28. MushroomStamp

    Exclusives mean nothing to me. I could care less if a game is on 1 system or all, it doesn’t affect my gaming in slightest.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. Moonwalker1982

    Exactly, but it’s not a really good sign. I don’t understand what MS is doing. There will be so many good games this year, but they aren’t exclusives, but that’s no big deal really, for us gamers.

    #29 4 years ago

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  • Competitive matchmaking support is coming to Team Fortress 2

    Team Fortress 2 will soon feature support for competitive matchmaking, which Valve says is a “high priority” project for it at the moment. According to a report from TeamFortress.tv, which visited Valve headquarters recently, Valve is looking into the possibility of 6v6 or 9v9 matches 9v9, a possible quick play option and it is also […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch fixes garage, Job crashes – full notes here

    Rockstar has pushed out a 353 MB patch for GTA 5 on PC The patch fixes a number of annoying bugs related to vehicles and garages, some deathmatch issues and purchase errors. It should also fix various freezing and crashing bugs, as well as a little issue with Steam. Time will tell if the patch […]

  • Fire Emblem If will come in White Kingdom and Black Kingdom versions with amiibo support

    We’ve finally got some juicy details on the next Fire Emblem game, but the most interesting aspect is that there will be two versions of the game. According to Siliconera, who translated an interview between Intelligent Systems and 4Gamer, there will a White Kingdom and a Black Kingdom version that offer different aspects of the […]

  • Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess heads west with “Golden Toilet” pre-order bonus

    Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess will debut on western PlayStation 4 systems this summer, Koei Tecmo has announced. It is also coming to PS3 and Vita. The game was produced by Keisuke Kikuchi of Fatal Frame fame and takes up where Deception 4: Blood Ties left off allowing players to relive Laegrinna’s pursuit to free […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario demo, Paper Mario, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo of Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition, Paper Mario on Virtual Console, and amiibo Tap. The full update is below. eShop update amiibo Tap – free – Wii U Star Wars Pinball DLC – Wii U Paper Mario – Wii U […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided PC port handed off to Nixxes

    The PC port of the new Deus Ex has been handed over to Netherlands based studio, Nixxes software. After the initial reveal trailer at the beginning of April, we’ve only had a few morsels in the way of additional news. The most intriguing tidbit to date has got to be the fact that you’ll be […]

  • First-ever PC Gaming Show to take place at E3 2015 in June

    PC gaming will finally have its very own E3 press conference this year, thanks to PC Gamer and AMD. The PC Gaming Show will take place on June 16 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles and it will be livestreamed on Twitch. PC Gamer said speakers at the presentation will include representatives from Blizzard, […]

  • Majora’s Mask light available now on Club Nintendo for 6000 stars

    Club Nintendo shuts up shop on September 30 and members are being encouraged to spend accumulated stars before then. And what better to spend them on, than this adorable Majora’s Mask light? If you’re a member based in Europe you can nab it for 6000 stars. If you’re in Australia or New Zealand, it’ll only […]

  • Unity support announced for HoloLens, will work with Windows universal apps

    Microsoft is partnering with game engine developers Unity in order to make HoloLens compatible with apps and games which use the cross-platform engine. The partnership was announced yesterday during its Build Developer Conference. Universal apps for Windows 10 systems will also be available on Xbox One later this year, suggesting possible HoloLens functionality with the […]

  • Splatoon Nintendo Direct airs Thursday, May 7

    A Nintendo Direct focused on Splatoon, the Wii U multiplayer title, on May 7. It will kick off at 7am PDT/10am EDT/3pm UK and it can be watched via the Nintendo Direct website. You can also have a look at the game through Nintendo’s Twitch channel. The last game-specific presentation took place last week and […]

  • GTA 5 PC: clean up the streets as a member of the San Andreas PD with this new mod

    Remember the awesome mods for GTA 4 and San Andreas that let you run amok online as a member of the po-po? Well, dust off your taser and load up your gun, because it’s coming to GTA 5. The new mod for GTA 5 is currently in alpha and can be downloaded at palmbeachgames.com. You […]

  • Indie shoot ‘em up Project Root comes to Xbox One, PS4 and PSVita

    Project Root is a self-proclaimed rejig of the shoot ‘em up genre that was released on PC last year, and it’s finally coming to consoles. Combining free-roaming elements with the usual business of shooting things, Project Root was released this week for Xbox One, PS4 and the PSVita.

  • You can now bet on eSports online, starting with League of Legends

    If you’re getting bored with sticking a pony on the races, you can expand your gambling horizons at Unikrn where you can watch esports streams and get a little action on the side. The new platform was set up by Rahul Sood – previously the general manager of Microsoft Ventures. At the moment, customers are […]

  • Has Watch Dogs 2 been leaked?

    Ubisoft employee, Julien Risse, may have inadvertently confirmed Watch Dogs 2, thanks to his online CV over at LinkedIn. Videogamer.com spotted the slip up, in which Risse lists Watch Dogs, the DLC Bad Blood, and Watch Dogs 2 on his profile. Creative Director Jonathan Morin has already talked about his ideas for improvements for the […]

  • GTA 5′s Trevor makes his Jackass debut, complete with leopard-print knickers

    YouTuber Abstract Mode has shared his vision of what Trevor Philips’ life might have been like, had he not been completely batshit crazy. Watch Trevor get mauled, run over, and hit by a train, before taking a majestic swan-dive into someone else’s pool at the climax. Thanks, Kotaku.

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 season pass will cost you £35

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 isn’t released until November 6, but you can already hand over your cash for the Season Pass. The Season Pass is available for pre-purchase on Steam for £34.99, and will cover four DLC packs – although the details we have on the content are limited to ‘exciting’ at this […]

  • GTA Online’s cheating assholes are no match for this player’s vengeance

    Think you’re smart for using invisibility and infinite ammo glitches? You need to be taught a lesson, sucker. You can have all the hacks you want but if your GTA Online game is weak, you’ll still get your ass handed to you. As this fool discovered when attempting to hassle another player. There’s a fair […]

  • PS4 sales help Sony’s games division swing to profit

    Sony’s PlayStation business has made an operating profit of 48.1 billion yen ($404m / £261.5m) in the past 12 months. That’s thanks to stellar sales of the PlayStation 4 and PS Plus, even as sales of the PS3 have stalled and the company wrote off costs for the PSTV and PS Vita. The profit puts […]

  • New patch for Dirt Rally gives co-driver’s attitude a tune-up

    Dirt Rally gets a new patch three days after release on Steam. On Monday, we reported that the newest Dirt game has popped up on Steam’s Early Access and is available to pick up for £24.99, as well as giving you an eyeful of tasty screenshots. The patch – released yesterday – fixes some issues […]

  • New The Witcher 3 screenshots show combat, exploration and general carousing

    New screenshots released on the official facebook page for The Witcher 3 show Geralt annihilating a winged beast, out and about in the world exploring, and living the life of Reily amidst a bustling feast. We were already treated to some glorious screenshots a few days ago, but these new ones are in-game and give […]

  • Destiny: 14 things you might have missed during House of Wolves intel drops

    Destiny: House of Wolves does a great deal more than just slap some new content on the existing game structure. House of Wolves changes Destiny in a lot of interesting and very welcome ways. Bungie showed off many of these changes in its livestream, and let both me and Arekkz come and have a look […]

  • Scratch that cyberpunk itch with Technobabylon on May 21 – new trailer

    Technobabylon more like Wrecked-yo-babbling with my smooth flow about how good Wadjet Eye games are. I don’t know y’all, it’s clock off time and everything feels like a reach. Wadjet Eye makes pretty good adventure games – award winning, in fact. The latest project to spring forth from the benevolent, sheltering hand of the label […]

  • Skullgirls 2nd Encore brings exclusive new features to PS4, Vita in northern summer

    Skullgirls, the little indie fighter that could, is getting another crack at it. Skullgirls 2nd Encore is the second re-release of the one-time troubled 2D versus fighter from lab Zero Games. Having survived the shut down of its developer and collapse of its publishing contrast, Skullgirls re-emerged as Skullgirls: Encore, adding in a ton of […]

  • Danganronpa series generates “impressive” sales for Vita exclusive

    Danganronpa is selling quite nicely, thank you, says NIS America. Danganronpa is a series of murder mystery visual novel puzzlers in a similar vein to games like 999. Two of these have been released for Vita in the west – Trigger Happy Havoc and Goodbye Despair. Speaking to MCV, NIS America CEO and president Takuro […]

  • I have no idea what is going on in J-Stars Victory VS+ but I kind of like it

    In this J-Stars Victory VS+ trailer, we see – uhh. Well. We certainly see some things. Look y’all, I was a massive weaboo in high school, but that was back in the dark ages when we had to take out Manga Entertainment VHS tapes from dingy little specialist rental joints that were literally underground, and […]

  • Please just watch this terrific trailer for Toren

    Toren is the kind of game I dream about when I drift off to sleep at night. This indie puzzle adventure strikes a spark in my little soul in the same way as Ico and Tequila Works’ Rime do. Mysterious, almost ethereal fantasy setting – check. Chance to actually walk around in that setting – […]

  • Play classic MS-DOS games on your own tweets

    In today’s episode of “what will they think of next”, someone’s figured out how to post playable versions of classic games in tweets. For some time now, Twitter has allowed you to embed various forms of media in tweets, most noticeably YouTube videos, simply by pasting a URL into the compose field. Turns out this […]

  • VR: Unreal Engine to add HTC Vive support

    The biggest digital PC game distributor and the most popular game development engine have both backed VR. It’s going to happen. An upcoming Unreal Engine 4 update will expand the development suite’s support to the HTC Vive, Valve’s VR headset. In this glorious new future where work on one of the most important engines in […]

  • WWE 2K15 PC supports modding

    WWE 2K15 may be the series’ PC debut, but it’s already getting into the spirit of the platform. WWE 2K15 does indeed support mods on PC, 2K’s Marcus Stephenson has confirmed. @ElementGamesTV you can. Now buy. — Marcus Stephenson (@stephensonmc) April 28, 2015 As Destructoid points out, this opens the door to all sorts of […]

  • Overkill’s The Walking Dead coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One in 2016

    Overkill’s The Walking Dead is one step closer to your grasping little paws. Overkill’s The Walking Dead will be published by 505 Games, Overkill parent Starbreeze has announced. 505 also published Payday 2, Overkill’s previous title, so the two companies have established a working relationship. In a press release, the publisher said the co-op title […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 pre-orders net Advanced Warfare DLC

    Buy Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for later, enjoy bonus Advanced Warfare content now. Blacks Ops 3 is being supported by a rather cunning pre-order incentive even more likely to get you to lay your cash down sooner than you might otherwise. Gamespot reports a Black Ops 3 pre-order will receive a couple of […]

  • Steam Game Ban system lets developers determine who to block

    Steam users can now be blocked from individual games by their developers. Steam has always supported multiplayer bans for disruptive users, but a newly-implemented system allows developers to ban users from individual games using their own anti-cheat systems. Game Bans are enforced by Valve, but are enacted at the developer’s request and discretion. This change […]

  • Far Cry 4 devs matching Red Cross donations up to $100K to aid Nepal earthquake victims

    Far Cry 4 developer Ubisoft Montreal will match any pledges made to The Red Cross up to $100,000 to aid Nepal after the 7.8 earthquake struck the area in and around Kathmandu in Nepal. According to Ubisoft: “Having spent the last few years working on Far Cry 4, a game heavily inspired by Nepal and […]

  • Tales of Zestiria retail listing notes September release date, PS4 version

    Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, and while it’s confirmed as a PlayStation 3 release, a Dutch retailer has it listed as coming to PS4 as well. Of course, listing it for PS4 could also be a typo, not that I would personally know about that sort of thing, really. However, according […]