Gears of War 3 beta packed in with Bulletstorm: Epic Edition

Preorders of Epic Games' EA-published shooter will get access to public test of Microsoft-published shooter, due in spring 2011.

Anyone debating whether or not to pick up Bulletstorm got an extra incentive today, when Electronic Arts and Epic Games announced an appealing bonus for the game. Anyone who preorders the Epic Edition of the Xbox 360 edition of the shooter--which costs the same as the regular edition of the game--will get access to the public beta for Gears of War 3, published by Microsoft Game Studios. [UPDATE] Epic has now said that the beta will start in the spring, most likely in April--the original launch window for Gears of War 3 itself.

Bulletstorm will offer access to the Gears of War 3 beta.

Due out on February 22 in North America and February 25 in Europe, Bulletstorm will be available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. In the game, gamers take up with Grayson Hunt and Ishi Sato, two mercenaries who have been exiled by the organization they once served after learning that its leaders were corrupt. The two are then packed off to a remote world populated by cannibalistic mutants, where they must survive, escape, and take revenge on their former employer.

Players will assume the role of Hunt, who is proficient with oversized weapons and melee fighting. One primary feature of the game will be Hunt's ability to perform "skillshots," which provide a system of rewards for creating chaos in innovative ways. By successfully performing skillshots, players will gain points and unlock more ways to dispatch their enemies.

In addition to access to the public beta, the Epic edition of Bulletstorm will come with several in-game incentives, including cosmetic enhancements to in-game weapons and armor, as well as 25,000 experience points. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Bulletstorm, which is in development at Epic's Polish studio People Can Fly.

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Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

I'm just going to buy this game just for the Gears of war 3 beta. The epic edition has the beta. Otherwise I most likely wouldn't buy this game at all.

qaerd
qaerd

im gonna get the gears of beta and CEMETARY_GATESx probably arent;)

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@CEMETARY_GATESx How's it lame? It's a good marketing tactic; lots of Gears fans will buy the game just for the already established Gears Of War beta. That'll encourage loads of people to buy and in turn potentially a huge fan base for Bulletstorm. For Epic that means they'll have eye like: "$$$".That's business I'm afraid and I highly doubt you'll be able to get it anywhere else unless you are a beta tester.

CEMETARY_GATESx
CEMETARY_GATESx

I think its lame to give a beta only for those who but another product by the same company. Hopefully there will be other ways to get into the beta because this game doesn't interest me at all.

CEMETARY_GATESx
CEMETARY_GATESx

I think its lame to give a beta only for those who but another product by the same company. Hopefully there will be other ways to get into the beta because this game doesn't interest me at all.

mattman127
mattman127

@vgdude887 yet another game I have wanted to buy, yet another beta I doubt I will spend much time on. Loathed Halo 2. Hated Gears of War 2. Adored Gears of War 1 and Halo 1. Hated Halo 3 _____ Gears of War 3.

rann89
rann89

This game is still going to bomb, but it was smart adding the Gears of War 3 so they sell a few more copies.

LondonGamer986
LondonGamer986

These closed betas are so friggin annoying.......Just leave it open MS FFS. Now I have to wait until it releases to play even a bit of it because I'm not buying this crap just to play a demo.

digi-demon
digi-demon

Shame for Bulletstorm. I feel games that are needing a pack-in high profile 'beta' to boost sales usually suck /often feel rushed ("cough *ODST/Reach* cough") and the publisher must have such little confidence in the core product - hoping to sell by pure leeching from inclusion of a "Beta". :(

steelmouth
steelmouth

it would have been awesome to have the beta on all disks/consoles yes ps3 included not that i want you to have gears mass effect was one too many

ebookerd1
ebookerd1

I didn't care about the beta it just looked like a cool game that I read about a few months ago. Now I will just have to reserve it because everyone I know that has gears will buy the game.

vgdude887
vgdude887

Oh boy, it's Crackdown all over again.

supernaught360
supernaught360

First: If you're buying Bulletstorm just for a beta - then the beta can't be construed as "free". If you were going to buy Bulletstorm either way, then the beta is a "bonus". If you were on the fence about buying Bulletstorm, the beta may provide an "incentive" to purchase it, if you like Gears Of War. My point is: it's completely subjective what you think of as "free."

Kid2812
Kid2812

Bulletstorm seems like an EPIC game and xbox gamers should be happy with the beta codes in the 'Epic Edition' of the game. Can't believe i'll be missing out on this coz of Killzone 3. But i'll pick it up in the like couple of months later.

WeskerLogan
WeskerLogan

few experiences were better than getting a few of your buddies and taking on the horde on insane....good times! very challenging.

littleb11
littleb11

Why would anyone post about there favourite ps3 games of the coming year in an article about a new xbox game. They just want bad comments.

campbell153
campbell153

@Julianbeamen420... i cannot believe you are slating Gears of War! LMFAO! Gears of War= enough said!

dachase
dachase

@WilliamRLBaker You keep saying MS do free betas, so Live gold is not required for online play at all? and how is this Gears beta free? Bulletstorms devs must be pretty pissed their game is going to be free. Seriously take the fanboy goggles off and think before you type HERP DERP!!!!

daxn55
daxn55

@JulianBeamen420 So you've clicked on a Gears (xbox exclusive game) page Just to be a complete fanboy and just talk about how much you dislike the 360? ...Dude seriously

JulianBeamen420
JulianBeamen420

Gears of War 3 has nothing on Killzone 3. 2011 is the year for PS3. We have Killzone 3,LBP 2,InFamous 2,Resistence 3,Uncharted 3 any many more PS3 Exclusives that the ****box cant even compete with.

WilliamRLBaker
WilliamRLBaker

@demaster101 don't tell them that...its the only straw they have to grasp on that some how a guranteed beta invite being in bulletstorm means that will be the only possible way to get into the free public beta which epic has gone on record many times before now saying they will have for Gears of war 3 in early 2011...

WilliamRLBaker
WilliamRLBaker

@hannify so you paid for PS+ and got in a beta? I find it funny how you've yet to disprove me, you claimed Microsoft never does Free public beta's yet I've proven otherwise...

damaster101
damaster101

It doesn't mention it here but Bulletstorm only provides earlier access to the beta.EPIC haven't said how yet but its definitely going to be available as a standalone as well.

MarineXXII
MarineXXII

@Dachase I was about to say just that...

dachase
dachase

In the industry we call this the getting people to buy our sucky game by packing in a beta of a popular game, this is crackdown all over again.

Marky360
Marky360

@zer0ne Yea but I wanna make sure the Multiplayer in Gears of War 3 doesn't end up being a train wreck like it was in Gears of War 2 besides I was already planning on getting Bulletstorm just not for the 360 but now I'm gonna get the 360 version. But it does sux for those ppl who have no interest in Bulletstorm and just wanna participate in the beta.

demonkillerx
demonkillerx

already pre ordered! gears 3 here i come!

Colonel-Snake
Colonel-Snake

This is a way just to get more sales same thing with Medal of Honor. Still though its not a bad way to sell merchandise. Honestly the epic edition doesn't sound epic at all. The only thing that appeals in my opinion is the Beta.

Melpoe
Melpoe

So, now we know how bad bulletstorn will actually be.

CamoBullo
CamoBullo

It comes with the Special (or "Epic") Edition, not all copies. That's forking out about thirty more dollars here in Australia. Consider me not interesting for this "Epic" Edition, but I'll still try out the standard edition. As for Gears 3, I'll just wait.

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

It's a good idea but since I'll be getting gears3 anyway I'll wait and see what the ps3 and PC offers are before I pick a console

TrapMuzik92
TrapMuzik92

Honestly...I would have still bought this game without the beta code..but theyre adding it so it that much sweeter.

Josh5890
Josh5890

Unless it is on the PC, I'm out.

moassa_1988
moassa_1988

They want to make sure that the Bulletstorm is going to sell, so every one loves Gears is going to buy Bulletstorm.

Hunterjuggz
Hunterjuggz

Just another reason to buy Bulletstorm. ;)

NeleNel
NeleNel

Well that just made Bulletstorm a platinum hit.

KlepticGrooves
KlepticGrooves

Still getting this for the Ps3. I'll buy Gears 3 when it's released. Betas have never interested me.

jedediahpelland
jedediahpelland

Bulletstorm looks awesome, not really excited about gears though. Will probably get Bulletstorm for my PS3, although I do own a 360.

GodGundamNT1
GodGundamNT1

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Henninger
Henninger

Well @ least u wont have 2 pay extra 4 the beta.

crabapple87
crabapple87

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zer0ne
zer0ne

@Marky360 What's the point playing the beta if you going to cough up money to buy the game when it is released later. A demo should be a better deal.

WilliamRLBaker
WilliamRLBaker

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Marky360
Marky360

I was planning on getting Bullet Storm just not for the 360 but for the PS3 because of the multiplayer but considering the beta invite and the fact that the epic edition cost the same I'll probably pick this one up for the 360 but not on release day of course because this game made the mistake of releasing on the same day as Killzone 3 and there's no game I'm getting before I get Killzone. The only downside to getting this game on the 360 is now I'm gonna have to shell out extra cash for a Xboxlive sub just to play this game and the Gears 3 beta online bummer.

Ghoroo
Ghoroo

Lol going off of the comments here it seems like I am one of the few that wants Bulletstorm more then Gears of War 3.

OptimusP76
OptimusP76

Well if you are a cold hard Gears fan you will do this action but its so hard not to get the Beta.Plus the reason they pushed the game back is because Cliff didn't want a repeat of Gears 2 muti even thru it has dedicated servers they want to make sure the game is right before launch so i am not upset with that.Now getting the beta with a game that i really have no interest in is crazy but i am going to have to buy and the only reason i am buying the game on the 22nd is because i am a true Gears fan.

xYamatox
xYamatox

Are people really going to buy a game they had no interest in, just so they can play the Beta for Gears of War 3? I don't understand this mindset.... :?

asmodeus_z
asmodeus_z

Bulletstorm might be a sleeper hit - Even though it leeches on Gears 3 fame - Just like back then when Crackdown 1 comes with the Halo 3 beta invitation.