E3 2011: $400 Gears of War 3 Xbox 360 bundle emerges

Limited-edition 320GB console comes with custom red and black finish, two matching controllers, game, special weapons skins.

LOS ANGELES--Monday saw Microsoft make a swath of announcements at its press conference, including unveiling Halo 4 and revealing a host of Kinect games. However, after Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, and Sony had their druthers in the press-briefing arena, the software giant made a few more announcements of import.

The $400 Gears of War Xbox 360 bundle.

Besides unveiling a new wireless steering wheel, the company announced a new Gears of War 3 Xbox 360 bundle. Priced at $400, the bundle will include a red and black 320GB Xbox 360 with a special Gears of War finish, as well as customized startup and eject sounds taken from the game's universe. The package also includes two matching controllers, as well as special in-game weapons skins, and a standard copy of Gears of War 3 itself. The controllers will be sold separately for $60 each.

The Gears of War 3 Xbox 360 bundle will go on sale September 20 in North America. It will offer an apocalyptic finale to the series, which has sold 12 million copies to date. The game begins with the last human city having been obliterated and series hero Marcus Fenix trying to protect the remaining humans from the Locust horde and from newer, deadlier foes, the mutating Lambeth. In a franchise first, it will let players play through its campaign in four-person co-op mode.

Besides the $400 Xbox 360 bundle, Gears of War 3 will be available in three other versions: standard ($60), Limited ($80), and Epic ($150). The centerpiece of this year's $150 Gears of War 3 Epic Edition will be a limited-run Marcus Fenix statue. Designed by Epic Games art director Chris Perna and fabricated by Triforce, the statue weighs 3.7 lbs. and measures 11.2 inches by 8.9 inches.

The Epic Edition also includes a behind-the-scenes book by Tom Bissell, which offers 96 pages of interviews, photos, and concept art. Gamers will also find some in-game content by way of the Infected Omen Weapon Pack, which includes multiplayer skins for the lancer, retro lancer, hammerburst, sawed-off shotgun, and gnasher shotgun.

The Epic Edition will also include all of the content of the $80 Limited Edition. The headline pack-in for this package is the Octus Award Box with Octus Service Medal, which is a life-sized replica of the honor given to scientist Adam Fenix for his work on the Hammer of Dawn. The bundle also includes a code redeemable for the Adam Fenix skin in multiplayer, personal records of Marcus' father, and a fabric COG flag.

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43 comments
sm00thpapa
sm00thpapa

Pre ordered mines from Amazon it should arrive tomorrow morning.

AzathothMetal
AzathothMetal

@wolfbm lol thats stupid, you can go to any store and buy the console dude.

Skargamer
Skargamer

That....looks.....sooo.....AWESOME! D:

wolfbm
wolfbm

Just for information....I saw a couple posts of people saying they were buying it the day it came out. Bad news for you...I went in to preorder mine at EB and when i asked them they told me they only make as many of them as is preordered. If you are thinking they were just lying to me, I was told this AFTER I preordered mine..not before. Oh and on another note they stop preorders about a month before release. Don't blame me im just the messenger.

Zephol
Zephol

omg! its soo cool! jezus!!

Joser15
Joser15

Sounds like i need to get a 2nd job O.o

Mr_arizona
Mr_arizona

My console is starting to get weird on me by not reading disc or game freezes. My 2 controllers hardly work as great as they should with buttons not registering or my sticks moving when I don't want them to. So this will be a must buy for me. Just wish I could get this now then have the game later when it comes out in Sep.

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

I could care a less about gears 3 but I'm going to get this bundle as soon as I go back to the local EB Game's

xxorixx1
xxorixx1

I totally going to buy that! even I have already 120gb but I have to get it! I hope I'll get the money fast :)

GaMingIcoN
GaMingIcoN

if i get the ring of death! i would defo get this god bless g.o.w!

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

Nice and i would like to get it, but my 120gb xbox is still working fine(crosses fingers), so I might just have to wait. That 320gb hard drive does sound appealing though and that design would look nice under my tv, but that 400 price tag is hard to swallow.

StryfeBringer
StryfeBringer

Never understood the want of a gameskin console bundle.

Ronnie_Rim
Ronnie_Rim

And I thought Activision was greedy.

StryfeBringer
StryfeBringer

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CHasingTheSun
CHasingTheSun

I'd buy it if I wasn't broke, I'm still running in my premium 20 gig console.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

I was wondering when we were going to start seeing consoles with art on them. My CoD MW2 Limited Edition 360 was about the last one I'd seen before this... Oops my bad -- just remembered the Reach console.

demonkingx5
demonkingx5

@brothersinarmsb i wasn't talking about the game i was talking about the console design fool

bobomb
bobomb

I think I might finally get an xbox! And I've always wanted to play Gears of War too so this aint a bad deal.

DP1130
DP1130

I'm buying this on day 1. I have the 20gig Halo 3 green 360. Good time for an upgrade!

pokecharm
pokecharm

so if you buy the bundle, you'd still need to buy either of the special editions to get those goodies...wouldn't it make more sense to bundle that all together...though I guess that'd push the price to $500 or something...not that $400 is something to scoff at.

brothersinarmsb
brothersinarmsb

@demonkingx5 Halo Reach sucks. The worst Halo of all

demonkingx5
demonkingx5

i just got the halo reach 1 whats next a halo 4 one com'on. well atleast its not cooler than my halo reach one :)

MetalZombieII
MetalZombieII

I am such a sucker, I totally want this damn thing.

NoDzombie
NoDzombie

looks like its finally time to upgrade to a slim and say goodbye to the ancient old 360 iv got right now

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

That actually isn't bad at all.... when I read the headline "$400 GoW3 bundle", I imagined it would be some redonculous plastic weapon bundle a-la the Resi Evil 4 chainsaw bundle or similar... I thought $400 for it was crazy. But then on reading the actual article that it includes a 320gb console, it makes more sense. I might actually finally go ahead and replace my now very old 20gb original-style 360 with this....

hardcoreLazors
hardcoreLazors

Wow. This is pretty cheap. I mean Gears of War 60$, two wireless controllers 80$, 320 GB harddrive, and weapon skins and stuff.

Diophage
Diophage

@ NoLifeGamin Let's do the math. Brand new 250GB Xbox 360: $299.99 A copy of Gears of War 3: $59.99 An extra wireless controller: $39.99 Total: $399.97 On the other hand, with this bundle you're getting a 320GB hard drive, an extra special edition controller, along side a special edition Xbox 360, and all for the same price. If you don't already own a 360, and are looking into getting one for games like Gears of War 3, you can't go wrong. This deal isn't for people who already have the console.

Mr_arizona
Mr_arizona

@ NoLifeGamin A 320gb HDD instead of the 250 one out now, a copy of Gears3=$60, a second (newer dpad) controller=$60, and a new skin for them.

Diophage
Diophage

@dre256x Purple? You guys must have some lame monitors. It's mostly different shades of red and black. I think some parts of it appear pinkish/purplish because of the lighting.

NoLifeGamin
NoLifeGamin

So the sound effects and skin on this bundle makes it cost significantly more?.........Well it's your money, do whatever you want with it.

Flint247
Flint247

I want a skin for my white Xbox 360.

oajlu
oajlu

still made in china anyway.

ACEGamer89
ACEGamer89

It looks like controllers have the rotating D-Pad! That detail was left out, but that would be awesome if that was true. It would become a definite must-buy (the controller, anyway).

dagrimmreepa
dagrimmreepa

It looks a little.....*ahem*....feminine.

dre256x
dre256x

Whyyyyyyyy that purple color.. Why not black & White...

steelmouth
steelmouth

sorry to differ but that looks awfol, its hideous as much as i love the 360 and Gears,Red? nah i dnt think so

monson21502
monson21502

see sony this is how a special edition is done!! just saying:P

73X
73X

This is the only special edition version of the 360 I've ever had any interest in buying. That thing looks awesome.

IceJester45
IceJester45

That console looks nice. I'd like one of those controllers.