Gears 3 introducing mechs, underwater missions?

Edge claims to have the early word on Epic Games' as-yet-unannounced third installment in acclaimed Xbox 360-exclusive shooter franchise.

Source: Game industry news magazine Edge.

What we heard: By most accounts, Epic Games design director Cliff Bleszinski was poised to officially announce Gears of War 3 on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tonight. However, such was not to be the case, as Fallon broke the news today that Bleszinski's Late Night reveal of Epic's "new game" has been rescheduled to Monday, April 12. According to Bleszinski, the delay could be attributed to the studio's wanting "a couple more days to polish."

Who wouldn't want to see Marcus Fenix in a Speedo?

Still, it appears as if some Gears 3 details have emerged today anyway. Gaming news magazine Edge claims to have the scoop on Epic's latest brawny third-person shooter for Microsoft's Xbox 360, thanks to a loose-lipped US publishing source.

According to Edge's source, Gears 3 will be set during the summer months and will introduce underwater missions into the series, among other new environments. The site also claims that Epic has tinkered with Gears' hallmark cover system, namely by adding mech suits that players can use to mow through the Locust hordes or to hide behind as heavy-duty, mobile cover.

Edge also claims to have details on new units and weapons that will be introduced in the game. These include Locust enemies with "tentacle-like appendages" that can extend over or behind players' cover spots. Conversely, Marcus Fenix's Delta Squad will reportedly pick up a new type of explosive that worms its way underground to demolish enemy cover positions. Edge notes that the new additions will be available in both single- and multiplayer modes.

The official story: Microsoft had not responded to requests for comment as of press time.

Bogus or not bogus?: Looking not bogus. Bleszinski's appearance on Late Night almost assures a Gears of War 3 announcement, and the 11th-hour schedule change makes the early-reveal gaffe entirely plausible. Of course, these questions will be answered in full on Monday night.

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226 comments
Rigoberto19922
Rigoberto19922

I have pre ordered it now i have to wait till next year to obtain it. The game better be better than in number two where u have to wait for the entire group to be there or you can't play hopefully it' more like MW2 where u will always find someone no matter what.

freako20
freako20

I bet the next carmine will die by geting eatin by a shark or marcus accidenly steps on him with a Biga## Mech

Depresso
Depresso

Anyway, competition has catched up and if epic screws this up and not return to gear 1 online speed others will. Obviously when making Gears 2 online features the folks at Epic did not hear of the say "if ain't broken don't fix it ! " and totally ruined it removing the ability to shoot and run and the great shotgun battles.

digi-demon
digi-demon

Not sure about the 'mech-suit' idea - hope its only some sort of power-loader/vehicle gimmick that is not over used. They'd just better not forget the shotguns and chainsaw bayonnets! Roll on the next Gears emergence day, frag out!

Quietpower09
Quietpower09

Well Epic Games are trying something new for once...so why not give it a try?

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

Yup, Gears3 will be amazing!! :D

Bassist_4Life
Bassist_4Life

I'm interested in what changes they will make to horde mode. Boss fight waves anyone? Imagine fighting a Brumak or even a Beserker or 2 in a wave. Also, PLEASE give us a great final boss fight in Gears 3....2's was incredibly disappointing.

advanracer
advanracer

OH NO..MECHS in GEARS? Uh there's a game already..called "Armored Core" LOL. Great..Gundam in Gears tooo? LMAO. How about making the Gears move Faster...and quit performing those (TU "Totally Useless") Updates. Underwater levels sound good though..hope they swim fast LOL.

Livewirez
Livewirez

There's already a robot in the game called Jack which never bothered anyone, a mech suit wouldn't be too far off anything else we've seen from the COG. If it's anything like a powerloader type thing like in aliens, or the one from Matrix revolutions, something really bulky, slow and mean looking then i'll be pleased. However, PLEASE NO CHAINSAW MECHS! That would be taking the piss with the lost planet crossover. Underwater levels were bound to happen sometime SPOILERS! Since you fight the Leviathan and flood the Locust hive with water. Makes sense don't it?

spence23
spence23

wow epic has officially ruined gears of war, mech suits ? come on it sounds so lame, gears of war 1 was awesome and the online took so much skill, then gears 2 came out and it sucked, they added stupid pointless shi* like mortars,flame throwers and all that garbage...gears 3 is going to suck big time and be aimed for the kiddy crowd

raith616
raith616

@hungrydinosaur im bored its been too long since gears 2 finished on a cliff hanger that raised more question now another year before the answers aaarrrghh

69ANT69
69ANT69

@hungrydinosaur ... Thankyou :)

hungrydinosaur
hungrydinosaur

Is anyone else bored yet? Gears is fun but snnnoooooorrrreeee... :P @69ANT69 great pic btw!

falcOWNS
falcOWNS

mechs? really? wow, the gears can now officially call themselves power rangers... of badassness!

JJB03
JJB03

kinda explains why gears charecters emerge i lost planet to now that gears three wil have mechs

melty3219
melty3219

Whats with all the gears 2 hate? Gears of war 1 and 2 are both awesome! but IMO gears 2 was better. It was much more action packed and the battles were actual battles not little skirmishes also the story was great. I for one cannot wait for gears 3 but i really hope they fix up the net code because other games like Halo and COD have 16-18 players with little to no lag and with fast matchmaking while gears 2 had massive lag with 8 - 10 players and it took around 5 mins to get into a game.

Depresso
Depresso

i am not sure about dedicated servers, does it mean that if I'm in Italy I can't play with my mates in England ? That would be terrible.

Johny_47
Johny_47

Really lookin forward to this, I almost knew there'd be a 3rd because of the way Gears of War 2 ended(Marcus's dad talkin) no idea what it's gonna be about though. Underwater locusts hey? I would love to see a boomer tryin to swim hahahaha =P

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

sweet gears is an awesome series of games

maximo
maximo

yep dedicated servers would be a massive improvement and is almost an essential requirement to move this series in the right direction. Map sizes on Gears 1 and 2 are just right imo... so I hope they stick with similar ones in Gears 3

gobbo00
gobbo00

Most inportant DEDICATED SERVERS WITH REGION SELECTION FOR GEARS 3 FFS. Not so Remove taging frags to walls, keep smoke & ink wall taging though and up the framerate.

PurplePonyPants
PurplePonyPants

i have faith in cliffy b. after all he does make everything " bigger, better and more badass!"

sakboy10
sakboy10

cant wait for this game. I'm a great fan

steelmouth
steelmouth

lets hope all this new thing work out great as we would expect anything gears to be great, i have always hated navigating when not on solid ground as my sense of direction gets messed up,how to move left right up down forward back

Col-Neil
Col-Neil

mmm i guess having underwater lancer kills should be interesting

Depresso
Depresso

They messed up the Multiplayer on Gear 2. Why change the mechanics of such a huge success as Gears 1 ?? We want it fast again, we want to run and shoot again. We want the epic shotgun battles again. The frags on the wall are fun at first but after a while they do not require any skill in the player so I'd scrap them. Give us large maps. Keep horde but make it more interesting.

sykalob
sykalob

@ClevelandsFines why don't you say you don't have a 360 so you played gow on pc now you insult gears 2 because it wasn't on pc of course you will hate gears 3 cause it's not going to be on pc

joeborg14
joeborg14

This better be freaking awesome, and this better not be the only new things to GoW3. GoW2 did not bring that much new to the table, and while it was certainly a solid game in its own right, it wasn't enough different from its revolutionary predecessor to be a great sequel. I hope GoW3 gets the picture and improves, because it definitely has the potential.

ClevelandsFines
ClevelandsFines

i hope it turns out more like GOW.. GOW2 was a disgrace to the franchise.. Took absolutely no skill 2 hammer burst someone into selling it.

aheedthegreat
aheedthegreat

WTF Blezinkski! You make Gears of War games not Gundam games! Leave Robots out of the multiplayer...and take those ****ing grenade sticks out too.

OXM-Madman
OXM-Madman

@noodles297 Seriously. Can't you fanboys take a joke? Who the hell thumbed down that comment?

lamprey263
lamprey263

what I thought ruined Gears 2 for me (though overall I liked it) was they didn't keep it a street by street, building by building, cover for cover firefight all the way through, I really disliked some of the vehicle moments quickening the pace of the game, and now that I hear that Gears 3 will have mechs I'm kinda worried, if I wanted to play a mech shooter I'd do Lost Planet, and since introducing Horde mode into Gears 2 most Gears of War players are now hardened to take on a challenging campaign with lots and lots of enemies to fulfill their bloodlust, I remember hearing that in Gears 2 they could render tons of enemies at once but that only mattered when you ride a Brumak and the enemies just look like ants on the screen

MERGATROYDER
MERGATROYDER

Just give me a good story and I'll be happy!

COSMICX815
COSMICX815

Well at least Gears 3 won't be far away. Last I heard it was for next gen, but now this is better. Can't wait to see the new stuff added in this one. Hopefully the Multiplayer has some tweaks, lag issues were abundant in Gears 2. Whoever had host was nearly unbeatable with a shotgun. But I bet they fixed that... Good stuff here!

Psy_m_on
Psy_m_on

Not rly intrested actually :s

sturd880
sturd880

GOW = greatest gaming series ever. No series combines graphics, character development, excitement, drama and heart-wrenching moments like GOW. All of this announcement drama stuff aside, I'm relieved to see its officially coming back!

gamer082009
gamer082009

OK, I see these exciting new additions, but hopefully there's something in relation to the quality. Too bad we don't hear more on that side. But I suppose it's too early. Can't wait for the firm details..oughta be cool!

edthetinker
edthetinker

Gears ia a great franchise. Hopefully they still respect what made it great while they are putting in these new mechanics.

aserbianguy
aserbianguy

just what the 360 needs to jump on top a triple A blockbuster

knoxyknight
knoxyknight

After the state that the cog are in after Jacinto's remnant, I don't see how they could be building mechs. Hopefully Anvil Gate bridges that gap.

Joo_Phish
Joo_Phish

damn it i hate mech missions in games

Damundio
Damundio

So am I the only one who though 'Kick-ass scuba gear/submarine' when I read 'underwater gameplay'? A lot of people seem to be talking about speedo's... *shudders* Sounds top though, can't wait for more information.

DarkBalta_basic
DarkBalta_basic

Now im interested to see if game journalists like Gamespot, Gamespy, and IGN actually ask the hard hitting questions this time... Like is your multiplayer going to be BROKEN yet again with lag and host advantage, cliffy? Get him in a room and ask him that question and dont back down til he admits the first 2 are broken and theyre commited to fixing it, gamespot.

F3l1P3
F3l1P3

marcus in thong (with little blue lights on it) lol xD

racing1750
racing1750

Such a shame we will have to wait until 2011 to play this, with Halo reach taking the spotlight for 2010.