Gears of War 3 beta arrives April 18

Epic Games' upcoming shooter entering trial phase on Microsoft's console next month for owners of the Bulletstorm Epic Edition; debuts on Xbox Live on April 25 for GameStop preorders.

In December, Epic Games announced it would bundle access to the Gears of War 3 beta in Epic Edition copies of People Can Fly's Bulletstorm. Later, it was revealed the start date for the trial would be sometime in April. Now, gamers have a definitive date to circle on their calendars.

Right in the back. That tickles!

Owners of the Epic Edition of the warmly received Bulletstorm can enter the multiplayer beta for Gears of War 3 beginning on April 18. They will have access to the game's Team Deathmatch mode playable on four maps: Thrashball, Checkout, Trenches, and Old Town.

The beta will become available to the rest of the community beginning April 25 via preorder at specialty retailer GameStop. Gamers who reserve online will be e-mailed a download key redeemable via Xbox Live, and those who preorder in-store will be handed the token.

Over the course of the beta, two additional game modes--Capture the Leader and King of the Hill--will be added. The Gears of War 3 multiplayer trial will last three weeks and will be curb-stomped on May 15.

Gamers who play the Gears of War 3 beta will earn exclusive content that will be transferred to retail copies when the game launches this fall. These items include the Flaming Gnasher Shotgun, a Gold-Plated Retro Lancer, a Thrashball Cole character variant, and others. For the full list of beta unlockables, check out the Gears of War 3 beta breakdown.

In addition to announcing a firm schedule for the Gears of War 3 beta, Microsoft also announced that Gears of War 3 will arrive in three distinct editions when it is released on September 20 worldwide. The third-person shooter will arrive in Standard ($60), Limited ($80), and Epic ($150) editions.

For more on the upcoming shooter's beta, check out GameSpot's most recent hands-on preview of the Gears of War 3 beta.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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26 comments
BikerPunk
BikerPunk

how the hell do you get into the public beta???i preordered through GAMESTOP and still no code.....failz for me.

pokecharm
pokecharm

any news on what the other pre-order bonuses might be for this? Hope it isn't as varied as LA Noire...

88cool
88cool

looking forward to beta april 18th

88cool
88cool

looks Awsome! can't wait

michael2157
michael2157

This game will blow away every other game

ghostgoblin
ghostgoblin

looks like this multiplayer option will keep bringing players back for more and more and more,..... im looking forward to this

Alex_09
Alex_09

Dedicated servers are going to save this game's multiplayer. If only the Call of Duty games could follow suit.

drokmore
drokmore

nice, time to preorder, not getting bulletstorm...

Ghosthunter54
Ghosthunter54

So the people who didn't get bulletstorm have to wait a whole 'nother week? Wow. Sounds like a big "neener neener" to everyone who bought bulletstorm not only thinking they'd get the beta with the game or exclusive access, but an actual benefit to buying the game.

Pokemon18986
Pokemon18986

Wat is gonna be in the Epic/Limited Editions of the game? I wanna know this b4 i preorder Cliffy B and Epic, like really i wanna know if i can get a lancer remake in the Epic edition or sumthin

silverdoe
silverdoe

this news is like a week old! lol

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@7akk, the Bulletstorm demo piqued my interest enough that I watched for reviews, which came back consistently favorable. So the announcement is just the impetus I needed for me to get the game... in a month.

7akk
7akk

You don't need Bulletstorm Cliff Bleszinski said there is other ways to get a code i love gears but im not buying bulletstorm

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Ok so it looks like i will be picking up Bulletstorm in exactly one month.

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

GoW3 beta the day before MK9's street date. Looks like it's gonna be a busy week. Looking forward to this. Gears is always a good time.

howie1926
howie1926

looks like i have anothert game to pre-order

Skargamer
Skargamer

So there's no way to play the beta if I don't preorder anything? Why? :(

pokecharm
pokecharm

wow, I like this idea more than some of the other pre-order bonuses...although, this does kind of give Gamestop the lead on the place that will most likely get most of the pre-order requests, I think.

WarTorn409
WarTorn409

I am so glad that they are doing this so that the multiplayer can come out polished rather than the originally glitchy and easily exploitable Gears 2 MP.

lilflex1
lilflex1

glad 2 hear a release date