Gears of War 3 due in April 2011?

UK magazine Edge claims trailer for Epic Games' trilogy capper will arrive next month; game allegedly pushed out of Q4 to keep focus on Natal.

Source: The online edition of UK game-industry magazine Edge.

What we heard: As far back as November 2006, Microsoft has been making references to a "Gears of War Trilogy." At the 2008 Game Developers Conference, Epic Games design director Cliff Bleszinski made a surprise appearance to announce Gears of War 2 would ship later that year--just two years after the original.

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Given those two precedents, many expected some news about Gears of War 3 at Epic Games' GDC 2010 press briefing leading up to a fall 2010 release. However, the developer instead used its presentation to show off some new features of its Unreal Engine 3 and how they're being used in the massively multiplayer action game APB.

With Gears 3 missing from GDC, speculation brewed about whether the game would stick to the series' biannual release schedule. Citing "a trusted US publishing source," Edge says the game will arrive in April 2011, after the first quarter but before publisher Microsoft's fiscal year ends in June. A trailer for the game will reportedly unspool next month, with a full reveal set for the Electronic Entertainment Expo in June.

Why so late? Two reasons. First off, Edge's source says that Microsoft pushed the game out of 2010 so it wouldn't divert consumer dollars from the fall launch of Project Natal, the Xbox 360's camera-based motion-sensing system. Secondly, the first quarter of 2011 is when Electronic Arts will publish an as-yet untitled shooter from Epic Games' Polish studio People Can Fly, maker of the Painkiller games. Releasing Gears of War 3 then would pit one Epic game against another--something the North Carolinian studio wouldn't abide.

Even the Locust must yield to Project Natal, apparently.

The official story: "Microsoft does not comment on rumors or speculation." -- Microsoft rep.

Bogus or not bogus?: Though factually thin, the April 2011 theory makes sense. As noted above, the timing is spot-on. Microsoft has said it is treating Natal's debut with the same importance as a console launch, meaning even the mighty Gears series might have to move out of the way. There's also the not-so-small matter of Halo: Reach already filling the shooter slot on many 360 owners' holiday shopping lists.

Finally, April has proven a sweet spot for shipping blockbuster series and recognized IPs. Since it launched on April 28, 2008, Grand Theft Auto IV has sold over 15 million units worldwide. Ubisoft and Microsoft are also betting the month will be fortuitous for Splinter Cell: Conviction, which launches April 13.

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Kaixa23
Kaixa23

Can't wait for gears 3!!!!

aezamana0
aezamana0

i hope it will be better than gear of war 2

Zeeksie
Zeeksie

asfand0072006, you don't belong here. Go stir #@$% up elsewhere.

asfand0072006
asfand0072006

@MachShot and not to mention the Original GOW (yes the God Of War) series and 4 Best espionage games ever (METAL GEAR SOLID). MGS rising dont include snake. Although i liked the first Gears

asfand0072006
asfand0072006

@MachShot well my friend i never brought those things up. Bcoz u know it yourself. and u seem angry, after all truth is bitter. deep in your heart you accept you wasted your money, but im not gonna call you a fanboy. man comeon its just true, why should i pay even 1$ if i can save it, 50 is still a big amount. u seem angry coz PS3 giving all the Best graphic titles and GOTYs also. Well u keep ur 360 and ill b happy with mine 3. chill

gamer082009
gamer082009

I wonder how much more they've managed to screw up the Gears series with Gears3?! Gears 2 should've been Gears 1 but with all the extra modes available in Gears2 and the weapons etc. They should've left the core of the game alone..but I already know Epic will manage to screw over the shotgun lovers like myself and MANY others who prefer to shotgun it out. "THEY WANT IT TO BE A COVER BASED GAME MORE THAN A SHOTGUN BAM WHAM IT'S OVER"

toritofine
toritofine

i hope it supports more people online! like 16 for example, and it would be cool to have more game types... and yeah, getting rid of the multiplayer glitches is crucial. hope they give a nice ending to the story, too, and that this time they DONT kill almost every new character in the game

ragingdemon_76
ragingdemon_76

Gears 2 is full of multiplayer glitches. Please get rid of host for the next one. Lag connections. Long live Gears . I will buy any console to get my Gears fix.

firstclassgamer
firstclassgamer

GOW 2 was a good mutiplayer game even though it glitches like hell this is the only game me and my friends play for hours

Fatherofangels
Fatherofangels

I went out and reserved 2 when it released i will not do the same for 3 i will rent it cause 2 thought me not to put to must trust in epic games. only time will tell

Fatherofangels
Fatherofangels

I loved GOW 1 and GOW 2 was not anywhere close to being as good as 1 only because u could not set up a custom map cycle where u and your friends could just play map to map and i hate that they added frag taging the walls they screwed up the shotgun and made it weak as all get out all the new maps suck i my self still play GOW 1 i played 2 for a while but in the end i did not have as much fun playing 2 as i do on 1 they need to go back to what works and the 1st one worked

Excedra
Excedra

i like this cliff dude, hes like the only game dev whos cool.

Excedra
Excedra

they should definitely throw in some OPTIONAL natal support. man, if this is graphics king im gonna wet myself.

Charocks
Charocks

I hated GOW multiplayer from the beginning with the imbalanced weapons and general obnoxiousness of the people I got stuck playing with. Especially because most of my "friends" stayed on the same team while I got thrown to the opposing force while they crabwalked. They need to make the multiplayer better like CoD's and they need to eliminate anything that has the possibility of causing glitches for me to consider renting/buying.

requul1
requul1

Hopefully they can tweak the MP enough to avoid SHOTGUN TAG. Epic needs to take a page out of the Infinity Ward or D.I.C.E. play book and make multiplayer strong and competitive! SHOTGUN TAG=Stupid

lance435
lance435

Let's just hope we see some Natal on the game. Can't imagine how the cover system or the chainsaw action will be done on that though.

KaizerJinn
KaizerJinn

hopefully Gears of War3 turns out much better than 2... =/

Gamesmasterx
Gamesmasterx

I'll be glad when this is out and done with. All I ever saw on my list were people playing the last two all the time when they were new. It's just an unpolished 3rd person shooter if you ask me.

jeffv541
jeffv541

Let's have it be non linear, and with more adventure elements. The formula is getting old. I can't wait either way, gonna rule.

KrnDuDe
KrnDuDe

chainsawing locust in front of TV? FUN!

paranormalnut
paranormalnut

I seen some tech demos for the game. It looks good but wont know until more info come out. I did hear E3 would be the place to see some gears 3.

advanracer
advanracer

I just hope the CoG's move Faster this time. Slow Moving Gears, Lame Auto matchmaking system, and my favorite EPIC's TU (Totally Useless) Updates all to make Gameplay Fair?! come on now..if you're good then you're good. The moment..epic tweaked the Mortar in GoW2...Game Over. Totally lost faith in Epic.

Ashkan_pyro
Ashkan_pyro

if they include a rpg mechanism it would be like god of war kinda rpg that u can upgrade ur weapons and stuff.. but i think best thing about gears is that everybody has they're own ability and techniques when handling each gun so no rpg please

izmickey
izmickey

GOW is great and i dont want Natal to be forced into the new GOW game. We all know that wont happen but stupid things do happen unfortunately. Also NO rpg please. GOW is great the way it is, just some minor improvements are needed.

Adam_the_Nerd
Adam_the_Nerd

I know they said that there were no intentions of incorporating NATAL whatsoever (which would be absurd if you ask me). Regardless, I'm pumped. This is "The Return of the King". They'll tie up the story guns ablaze, tune up the multiplayer, and maybe even tease us with a next gen sequel. And hey; just because the game isn't coming out during the holidays, doesnt mean a beta can't be released!

johnnyjh89
johnnyjh89

I want Gears Of War 3 Now. Dont push it back because of Natal. I don't want to be forced to use that thing to play it. Epic better let us use the controller too. I don't want RPG Elements. The first two were fine without RPG crap.

beak1313
beak1313

GOW3 .......... I don't think it will come out in april 2011. I would like for it to but I don't see it happening. I had a lot of fun with GOW2 until lag glitching came along. I think it's my connection as well I have been getting the moderate NAT connection and no matter what i do it still has a moderate NAT. I have done the whole lynkseys set up stuff and I still have problems. Can anyone help me with it!!!???!?!?!!!?!!?!!?

MachShot
MachShot

@asfand0072006 Excuses, excuses. Both the 120GB 360 and the 120GB PS3 are at $299 and these are the basic for serious gamers. Why would you even bring up price? At this point, price is not even a factor anymore. Even if someone chooses the $199 Arcade 360, chances are it wasn't because it's a $100 savings. Poor people don't waste money on video games. When someone has made the decision "I am going to buy a video game console today!", they are not going to be impeded by a $100 gap. They are going to choose the one with the best value - the one that has the better games. Besides, don't you PS3 boys love to point out the fact that we have to pay $50/year for XBOX Live and that we have RRoD? Oh right. You only like to bring those up when you can use it as rhetoric to get your bias, fanboy nuthugging point across.

alasredye
alasredye

wait i have a comic book of gears of war at the back said its about the 3 gears of war and the main character was a black man with a mohawk

Ardrius
Ardrius

Hmm. I do recall Epic saying Gears of War 3 wouldn't be on 360 due to hardware limitations.** **(They were waiting for next gen)

asfand0072006
asfand0072006

@MachShot . well the reason for that thingy is, that there r a lot of you then me. Believe me all those who can afford PS3 go for PS3. no offence bro. and gears 2 sold more than 3.1 million but single killzone 2 also sold more than 2.4 million and resistance 2 did something like 1.5, its just people cant afford it, otherwise who will hate sony,like they say i hate ps3, i mean comon playstation1, sony tvs, bravia wide screens

xerxes5678
xerxes5678

Hopefully they improve the MP bots. While they were already ahead of the curve by simply including bots in MP, they were a little on the dumb side when it came to cover usage and tactics.

robin1232
robin1232

@Ladiesman17 Microsoft, because otherwise Epic would have ported it to the PS3 and even the Mac (Epic said there would be a Mac version of GoW someday, but I don't think it'll happen)

donebythebook
donebythebook

Man, Gears 3 cannot come soon enough, and I couldn't care less about Natal. They'll have to pry my controller from my cold, dead hands if they want me to bother with motion control.

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

Natal can suck it and so can Halo, I'd rather have Gears. It's the reason I own a 360. And please, God, do not put RPG elements in GoW. The game should be about skill, not unlocking/ using the best gun. Just throw in more guns/ weapons and it'll be enough.

baller72
baller72

This is why I dislike M$. They will drop the user base in a minute to make them upgrade to the next big thing they have. I bet that after Natal comes out you are going to see less and less AAA games come out for the regular 360... I mean they are already doing that in a sense. I mean 360 currently has a big lack of games coming to them exclusively. I had the original xbox and loved it and hated how they phased that one out. Looks like they will do the same on Natal software... Fool me once shame on you fool me twice shame on me.

IpleaserecycleI
IpleaserecycleI

For those suggesting adding RPG elements to the series. NO! PLEASE GOD NO! Don't ruin the series by turning it in to something it isn't. If you want a shooter/rpg play f*cking mass effect or fallout (both awesome games). Let the people that love the game for what it is keep it that way. PS: I don't understand the griping about the mp. Just as fun as it always has been.

solidine
solidine

@Quietpower09 I agree with that. The first one was a solid game. It melded overly macho attitude with cheesyness in a fun package and made no excuses for what it was. That Sequel felt like more of the same, and as a result wasn't as good. Well, there were other reasons for that too, but the bottom line is it was a generic sequel. All those supposed tweaks and refinements only served to make things worse. It needs something to keep me interested. Some kind of leveling system and/or intense custamization would work wonders. I can't be the only one who thinks the multiplayer aspect feels like it was designed for serious custamization. Regardless, if there isn't any change, I'm done with Gears. I followed another MS exclusive series for quite a while hoping for it to get better. I'm not doing that again with this.

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

who's got Gears Of War IP "Intelectual Property"!! Microsoft or EPIC?? who knows? anybody??

CreatureRising
CreatureRising

Gears 1 MP was a gem, it was a very good combination of kick@ss and plain fun. Gears 2 started out O.K but then all of a sudden they released updates,changes, and patches and the MP went down the tubes.

steelmouth
steelmouth

great news i have been waiting for this quick question any other big exclusive coming to the x360 next year?

kubb724
kubb724

GoW 2 had some good multiplayer IMO that was fun =]

sykalob
sykalob

@Simulator_Shock Are fanboys still exist ...

Quietpower09
Quietpower09

If Epic Games is reading my comment right now, I have one request for Gears of War 3: put in some RPG elements into it. If Gears like a TPS/RPG, then surely everyone will buy it. Tell me, don't you think playing a shooter along with leveling up certain aspects be exciting somehow? Look at Mass Effect: ME1 and ME2 is basically a TPS with some GoW mechanics plus its also an RPG at the same time. How was the game? AWESOME. Do the same for Gears 3. Put some RPG elements such as lancer customization or Armor boost or faster agility or whatever. Well I do hope Epic Games listen to these suggestions...and I bet Gears of War 3 will be highly successful if they do so.