Gears of War 3 arrives April 5, series sales top 12 million

[UPDATE] Microsoft formally dates, details final installment in series, which arrives in Europe April 8; TV appearance confirms female squad members, new Thresher Maw-like enemies, apocalyptic conclusion to trilogy; full trailer inside.

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[UPDATE] Hours after the Gears of War 3 trailer debuted on the talk show Late Night (see below), Microsoft decided to formally announce and date the game. The game will arrive in North America and Asia on April 5, in Japan in April 7, and in Europe and all other territories April 8. Like Gears of War 2, it will be Xbox 360 exclusive.

One year before Gears of War 3's release, Microsoft is already firing up the hype train.

As indicated by the trailer, the game will offer an apocalyptic finale to the series, which Microsoft revealed has sold 12 million copies. According to Microsoft, the last human city saved at the end of the second game has been obliterated, with Marcus Fenix trying to protect the remaining humans from the Locust horde. In his interview on Late Night, detailed below, Epic Games designer director Cliff Bleszinski detailed the game's new enemies and features.

[Original article is below]

Last Friday, word of Gears of War 3's April 2011 launch leaked out on Xbox Live. When Epic Games' new project Bulletstorm was announced today, many wondered what the studio's design director, Cliff Bleszinski, would have left to show off on his appearance on the talk show Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tonight.

"Oh, you Locust are incorrigible!"

A fair amount, it turns out. As expected, the veteran developer--who got his first game design gig at 17--announced that Gears of War 3 is indeed in development and will likely release on April 8, 2011. Bleszinski also offered up some heretofore unknown details about its storyline and gameplay.

"In this game, there are these new enemies called the lambent, which are these crazy kind of tentacle monsters that can mutate when you fight them," boasted Bleszinski to Fallon. "We have all sorts of new weapons, including the double-barreled shotgun, and we finally have female soldiers in the game, which is something that people have been asking for for a long time. "

To illustrate what he meant, Bleszinski showed off the first trailer for Gears of War 3, titled "Ashes to Ashes." True to its name, the spot showed a metropolis filled with the still-standing charred remains of human civilians, which crumble into sooty piles when touched.

Razors are in short supply on war-ravaged Sera.

Series hero Dominic Santiago--now sporting a grizzled beard--plows through a crowd of the charred-but-delicate figures, pursued by a horde of Locust. The gun-toting subterranean hulks are driven back by a salvo from series protagonist Marcus Fenix, whose armor looks greatly deteriorated, and a new female character with blond hair.

Suddenly, both Locust and human are attacked by towering, burrowing snakelike creatures that look like the Thresher Maws from Mass Effect reenvisioned by the Resident Evil 4 character-design team. It is possible the creatures are either allied with the lambent, the mutated version Locust the latter fought in Gears of War 2, or an extremely mutated form of them. In the forthcoming novel Gears of War: Anvil Gate, the lambent invade the surface of Sera, the planet that is the series' setting.

Finally, the trailer cuts to a black screen with the phrase "Brothers to the end," which then fades to "The end," auguring a dark finale to the series.

Discussion

606 comments
drokmore
drokmore

Man Im getting pumped for this one, still a ways out though.

Ratkilla8928
Ratkilla8928

If you want the story... read the books. Durrr, its a video game. and one of the best ones coming out next year.

Serentor
Serentor

@LilTrigga95 Wow your the first one I ever saw writing something like that, respect =)

Serentor
Serentor

Gears of War is bloody legendary XD

davejudge
davejudge

Nice Looking fantastic gameplay as to be expected cannot wait have enjopyed them all to date

adrdeju
adrdeju

Can't wait for this. This is the best series out there.

rugripper40
rugripper40

i agree with omegazx100....look at games like prince of persia...jax and daxter...god of war....halo[i know halo has multi but the first two games had a great story line,beat endings but never the less interesting}....etc...no multiplayer......epic stories...fun combat...it would nice to get a whole story while smashin and trashing about...2 gears so far and a lame story so far...im hoping you tie it all together and give us an "epic" game as your trademark states...lol

skornatimmy
skornatimmy

I hope for good story and good ending

yang4200
yang4200

i dont see the hype.. i more excited for fable 3 then gow3.. even tho fable havent live up to its hype also.. gow3 not even that fun .. just another run and shoot game out there..

omegazx100
omegazx100

no more multiplayers games it waste of money do something else EPIC games i mean it no more multiplayer games & no more hardcore & insane mode just make the game as hard as possbile & alos just this once make a story only this time your th locus also what the story about cole & bear i would like to know more about them

CovertChris
CovertChris

This game is gonna suck so much d!@k.

erikthepoes
erikthepoes

Won't shave till the end of April 2011 when i get to be Dominic Santiago :-D

punkwad
punkwad

Should be good. Gameplay wise. Story, though....will be empty. As were the first two.

shkar
shkar

I hope it will have a good ending..........

LilTrigga95
LilTrigga95

for a guy that owns a ps3, im jelous of u 360 owners..... i should get a 360 just for this game

rugripper40
rugripper40

might be a girl or its cloud from final fantasy...lol

reissyboy91
reissyboy91

LOVELY LOVELY - going on like say their the last soldiers?!?! thats one thing why i fell in love with the game in the beginning and still play 1-2 the story line and cinematic type game play is 5 stars

Deathmedical
Deathmedical

Sweet! finally a hot blond chick with a gun the epic trilogy is complete.

Ares360
Ares360

Damn it I was hoping for a fight to the death this holiday from Gears 3 against Halo wannabe prequel. Looks like their bringing in comic characters from the Gears comic book aka the chick. Hopefully it will be longer story wise than Gears 2 which was okay but Gears 1 is still my favorite and Epic made a very popular game type horde that everybody copies now. Can't wait maybe a day or two then I'll go insane.

The_crapgamer
The_crapgamer

@ shawnyboy95 Of course there will be prequels. They never even touched why Marcus was in jail or what happened with his dad. There are a lot of possibilities. I for one cant wait. I love the series and the novels.

shawnyboy95
shawnyboy95

@The_crapgamer There will probably be a prequel to Gears, saying how the war started and stuff, or will that be covered in GOW3?? Nobody knows...

The_crapgamer
The_crapgamer

@BigBacon87 What company doesn't milk their franchises? I cant wait to see a Gears Prequel down the road. If it's working, why mess with it? Halo is great, Gears is Great, L4D, Crackdown, Mass Effect are all great, so keep them coming. New App's come and games like Alan Wake look amazing, but there is always room for perfection like Gears.

Depresso
Depresso

@Eat_My_Shorts35 Mate I see your point but I guess it come down to money. People play tennis and football(soccer) for over a century without the need to change it or mess with it and money gets made in other ways so my thinking is that a Gears Online Tournament could eventually follow it all provided they get game to a perfect form and to me that was Gears1 multiplayer. It only needed bigger maps, host advantadge removed and maybe some new weapons and more players, but that's it. The mechanics were just perfect. Why change it ?

yayo121
yayo121

If they still have the same connection as gears of war 2 for multiplayer, ill cry

morayzilla
morayzilla

Sniper and Boom shot at the ready. Time to put these ***********rs back to the holes they crawled out from. I suspect the locust were running from the lambent from the beginning.

5Jedi5diah5
5Jedi5diah5

all the hype and itz 2011... doom for u in 2010

damo320
damo320

Thresher maw? It looks way more like an Akrid from Lost Planet 1. I'd say thats the case because Capcom and Epic did a content share at some stage recently. Marcus and Dom are characters in Lost Planet 2 as bonus costumes. So using an Akrid based model for whatever that creature will turn out to be seems like the obvious conclusion to the sharing of content. Kind of like how Halo 3 had Hayabusa armour and Katana and Dead or Alive 4 had a Female Spartan and a Halo 3 inspired arena option.

shadowvc92
shadowvc92

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great_rulo
great_rulo

Bigbacon, you kind of forgot L4D's biggest audience is in the PC, MS didn't have anything to do with Valve's first quickly developed sequel.

gartside27
gartside27

@ flamesempire The blond woman in the trailer is Anya, in the gears of war book (Jacinto's Remnant) theres a subplot thats all about her being trained as a gear by delta squad coz her old job as an intel expert becomes less important, mark my words, she's gonna play a big role in this game and i can't wait!! Big fan of the series and can't wait to play the final chapter, 1st day pickup for sure!

BigBacon87
BigBacon87

Im supposed to believe MS is going to stop milking it's only legitimately great(ish) franchise? Doubtfull. They aren't exactly ripe with fresh ideas which is clear to see when they gave L4D a sequel one year after the first one came out. I don't even have to mention Halo ODST and its map pack approach to full retail titles.

dfthaman
dfthaman

I don't know if any of you can remember but at the end of GOW 2 after the credits a voice was talking saying that Marcus must help him. I think the guy's name was Adam or something. That is something that still bugs me. Is Marcus's dad gonna be in GOw3?

Elian2530
Elian2530

I think what people misunderstand about sequels is that Epic was probably working on Gears of War 3 when they were making Gears of War 2. In that sense, Gears of War 3 has ample of time for polish and to make this a top quality game.

Marcusraitor
Marcusraitor

I Hope It Comes in 2 Or 3 Discs. 1 or 2 discs for the campaign that takes 20 or 30 hours to finish and the other disc for multiplayer. And I Hope the campaign can be played 4 players coop it would be awesome.

Marcusraitor
Marcusraitor

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isthanametken33
isthanametken33

I hope that they take their time on this one, nothing is worse than a rushed game. That's never been the case in the gears franchise, hopefully they continue the level of quality they have been showing.

XanderZane
XanderZane

Automatic pre-order for this game. I hope M$ has a few other exclusives coming out around that time as well.

habaro
habaro

GOW 3, Ghost recon future soldier, Splinter cell Con, PoP FS.... omg omg! looks like I'm gonna rent my house to get these games!