Gears of War 3 beta begins mid-April

Test of Xbox 360 exclusive shooter's multiplayer begins in less than two months; players can vote on maps via Facebook.

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Those who have scooped up the well-reviewed shooter Bulletstorm have a reason to block out a section of their calendars today. Microsoft has announced that the Gears of War 3 multiplayer beta will begin in mid-April. No specific date was given for the kickoff of the beta, an invite for which comes with each Epic Edition copy of the Xbox 360 edition of Bulletstorm. All preorders and many early orders of the game will be Epic Editions, although they are limited in number.

The Gears of War 3 beta drops in mid-April.

In a democratic move, Microsoft is allowing players to pick two multiplayer maps to be featured in the beta via the official Gears of War Facebook page. Besides two maps that have already been chosen, players can pick from the following: Overpass, which lets players hole up in an elevated position with heavy weapons; Old Town, a team-focused map with a large supply dump; Mercy, which features a large open square; and Trenches, which features a maze of locust positions caught in a sandstorm.

Exclusive to the Xbox 360, Gears of War 3 is the final chapter in the horror/sci-fi trilogy, which began back in 2006. Due out September 20 worldwide, the game once again follows series hero Marcus Fenix and his band of commandos as they try to save humanity on the planet Sera. Instead of just battling the underground-dwelling Locust horde, though, this time Fenix's group must also fight the Lambent, a fast-mutating race that can reach behind cover to attack the human resistance fighters.

To find out more about Gears of War 3, including the game's new Beast mode, read GameSpot's ongoing coverage of the game.

Discussion

33 comments
bluespire1
bluespire1

@LondonGamer986 Still BulletStorm is a good game you should check it out.

monson21502
monson21502

i cant wait for gears 3. its by far the best seires this gen... the story gameplay and graphics no other game has put all 3 together like this epic game!!!

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

bulletstorm is awesome and I'm enjoying it a lot.

mnmt
mnmt

Buying the Bulletstorm Epic Edition is not the only way into The Gears of War 3 Beta , but that "it's the best way in with headstart and exclusive content". Whether a public beta will appear or not is UNKNOWN, but there will be another way into the beta. So bulletstorm= early access Something unknown=later access Twitter post :[url]https://twitter.com/gearsviking/status/39832397855993856[/url] Article :[url]http://www.vg247.com/2011/02/22/bulletstorm-not-required-for-gears-of-war-3-beta/[/url]

LondonGamer986
LondonGamer986

God I really bloody hate these.....No way I'm buying a game just so I can play a demo of another. No matter how big the game is.

SkidRow18
SkidRow18

The box art is freaking sweet!

flashn00b
flashn00b

Why is this article on Gamespot's PC section?

Pokemon18986
Pokemon18986

Lets get this straight! THERE IS NO PUBLIC BETA. IT'S JUST LIKE ODST WHEN ONLY IF YOU HAD ODST YOU COULD PLAY THE HALO REACH BETA. THIS DIFFERS BECAUSE ONLY EPIC EDITION OWNERS GOT A CODE FOR THE BETA, AND ANYONE COULD'VE GOTTEN IT, PROVIDED THEY PREORDERED BULLETSTORM OR PICKED IT UP ON TUESDAY!

Pete5506
Pete5506

Another thing to look forward to

MERGATROYDER
MERGATROYDER

Not sure if I care. Getting Bulletstorm to own it. Getting GoW3 to add it to the collection.

mrsniper83
mrsniper83

I got bulletstorm for bulletstorm, getting the beta was a bonus.

kinstar2002
kinstar2002

Lets get one thing straight: Bulletstorm owners: You get the beta in mid-april. (early access) Non bulletstorm owners: We'll get the beta later. (public access) I'm thinking around June/July So in short. I saved myself 65 bucks AND I'll get the beta. Win-Win :)

Catalooch13
Catalooch13

IMO Bulletstorm is a fantastic game, multiplayer with friends it pretty fun too.

mightEone
mightEone

I would like to try Bulletstorm before putting it down like most of you are doing.

zXDesertEagleXz
zXDesertEagleXz

For you idiots... The Epic Edition of Bulletstorm gives you a secured spot in the beta, and also gives you early access to it. The beta will be open for everyone. I also just got Bulletstorm today, and beat it. From what the ending looks like, it's obvious it's going to be Epic's new hit series like Gears, so it's not a COMPLETE sellout for people to buy just for the beta. And though it has alot of bad points, it was well worth the buy in my opinion.

littleghostie
littleghostie

Nobody wants bulletstorm, here's hopeing they release the beta to the public soon after lauch.

Pokemon18986
Pokemon18986

@bb52700 The Beta is only available to people who picked up the Epic Edition of Bulletstorm. Normal versions dont come with the code to activate the beta

bb52700
bb52700

@idolutau The Bulletstorm thing is just for early access to the beta. The beta will be public and open to everyone.

idolutau
idolutau

HOW CAN I GET A BETA KEY FOR GEARS 3 WITHOUT BULLETSTORM? PLEASE HELP ME I'M A HUGE FAN MY EMAIL IS IDOLUTAU@YAHOO.COM

RonTorque
RonTorque

Can't wait for the beta or the full game.

Funconsole
Funconsole

How do I play this without Bulletstorm?

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

oh yeah I have my free access to the beta and I'll check it out when it come's out.

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

I'm interested in this gears campaign, but not the MP but that is just me. I'm not that too excited for this game, I don't know I just have this bad feeling about this title, but I'll have to wait and see.

dylanisbored
dylanisbored

Do you hear that?! OMG it can't be!!!!! LOOK OUT!!! IT'S THE COLE TRAIN BABY!!!!!!!!

unreal_master
unreal_master

Let us hope the final boss isn't a joke like gears 2.

kickblocker
kickblocker

i love gears, but im afraid there might be a bunch of spin off games

balfe1990
balfe1990

I just realised that this game will be nearly 3 years in the making come its release date. There is no way this will be anything but incredible.

Goyoshi12
Goyoshi12

Interesting, Gears of War 3 was first scheduled to release in April and now instead the BETA is beginning in April. Interesting...very interesting...8) Well overall I say this should end up being a great game. They are making sure to polish everything and make it even better. ;) Say farewell to Gears of War friends, but be happy it will go out with a bang. :)