Gears of War 3 multiplayer beta due next year

Epic confirms months-long delay allows time for testing phase of Xbox 360-exclusive sci-fi shooter's online warfare modes.

October began with news that Epic Games' Gears of War 3 would not be hitting its previously scheduled April 5 deployment date. Instead, Epic and publisher Microsoft opted to push the game into late 2011, effectively turning it into the Xbox 360's tent pole release for the important end-of-the-year shopping season.

Gamers may not need to wait until fall 2011 to take on the Locust hordes.

Gears fans can take heart, though, because many won't need to wait until the end of the year to try out the latest installment in Epic's 12 million-unit-selling sci-fi shooter franchise. Today, Epic Games confirmed for GameSpot that a multiplayer beta-testing phase will be available prior to Gears of War 3's fall launch. Specific details on how gamers can gain access to the beta test have not yet been revealed.

News of the beta-testing phase will likely be taken well by those who recall Gears of War 2's problematic multiplayer experience. More than two months after the game's November 2008 release, Epic put out a sizable title update that sought to rectify dozens of player exploits and bugs, ranging from invisibility to unlimited ammo.

Gears of War 3 will offer an apocalyptic finale to the series, which began in November 2006. According to Microsoft, the last human city has been obliterated, with Marcus Fenix trying to protect the remaining humans from the Locust horde and from newer, deadlier foes, the mutating Lambeth.

For more on Gears of War 3's multiplayer, including word on new modes, weapons, and dedicated servers, check out GameSpot's brand-new preview and the latest interview below.

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hardcoreLazors
hardcoreLazors

@GunGriffin You said everything :D What a release for me.... THANK YOU SO MUCH

Carmine514
Carmine514

i can't wait... but gears 2 wasn't that good of a game but it was ok i hope it don't turn out too be like that

chainsawscourge
chainsawscourge

@Ferg1213 well i guess youre rigt but im still pissed for the delay...

Ferg1213
Ferg1213

@chainsawscourge You get to unlock lots of new things for multiplayer: executions, weapon skins, player skins.. the list goes on. This Gears is going to be absolutely insane!

damaster101
damaster101

Most games get old but Gears of War 2 i always return too.If my expectations are correct Gears 3 is going to blow #2 out of the water. Really want to know when the beta is released.

ItsTimeToPunish
ItsTimeToPunish

Woner when they'll be some other new info on horde for gears 3 though?

ItsTimeToPunish
ItsTimeToPunish

Gears Of War 3 long wait but worth it. Its gonna be amazing so many great things revealed already and so much more too come. Im saying right now Gears 3 Game Of The Year 2011.

killertrees124
killertrees124

Gears is the best multi player game of the century hands down.Haters can hate noobs can get raped.Your fault for not playin 6 years ago

extracrispy
extracrispy

I played the crap out of GoW1 multiplayer and thought it was a blast, but skipped over GoW2 MP cause of lack of time but I hope if they didn't already address the problems in 1 then I'll be sad :( Host based games are so much inferior to servers it's retarded. I also liked the world ranking system where you could see the top 100 in the world, i got up to the 70's where after that you had to beat out hackers that just had obsurd amounts of points with like 10 kills under their belt @_@ Those two things bothered me the most but hopefully I'll get to help them fix these issues by playing beta and feedbacking :D

killer690
killer690

@GunGriffin, you are totally right dude, ps3 is a good console, but but not all that is cracked up to be.

killer690
killer690

1) @deathwish026, you buy whatever you want it's your money after all, just let us be and watch your scooby doo. 2) Can't wait fot the beta, I hope it will be available in my country

SolanOcard
SolanOcard

deathwish026, do you have a deathwish, saying such crap about Gears of war? Seriously, you don't like Gears of War? What do you like then? I'd guess that you are a WoW freak but you took the time to post here, so that can't be the case.

deathwish026
deathwish026

lol gears of war 3 what a joke. ide rather buy 40 quids worth of raw tuna and bath in it whilst watching scooby doo.

KlepticGrooves
KlepticGrooves

Didn't really like MP in Gears of War. Always seemed like it was a singleplayer game with multiplayer tagged onto it. I guess Gears 3 will have better MP though.

KINGJOHN
KINGJOHN

when and how do we get it???

P0T
P0T

Can't wait, screw the Gears haters 'cause haters gon' hate!

GunGriffin
GunGriffin

Honestly Regardless of the whole Xbox360 V PS3 debate Gears of War 3 will rock the house, show that Xbox360 still has more power to use, and yet again prove that Xbox360 can top the sales charts again and again. I find that Sony's Problem is their adds, they are so imature, and trying to bash sombody elses tech constantly. Yes I had a PS3 slim, loved KZ2, and God of War 3, loved Resistance 2, and Uncharted 2, as well as loved Modnation racers. I hated the slow downloads, the slower then my PC installation times, the fact that almost no game could run in 1080p like my HDTV supports, and the fact that as a BD player it was only average at best, and the settings for video and picture were way to complex as well as the menu system was a mess. But thats my 2 cents......... I liked the games, and the graphics hated the sound issues I had with it, and loathed that half the games don't upscale to 1080p, plus third party games looked, and ran like crap and still do infact. My Xbox360 250GB slim runs cooler, and with less noise then my no traded PS3 slim, which had all kinds of lock ups, and crashes during gameplay, as well as massive overheat issues when sitting on a table in the open with more then 20feet square to breath it still poped, and creeked because Stupid Sony stuffed the big GPU into it instead of the small one like they had now. Plus I found the games were just too easy to play, controller lag is common in many PS3 games, and I hated the trigger set up.

amaan4ever
amaan4ever

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amaan4ever
amaan4ever

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megamega777
megamega777

I was extraordinary hooked on gears 1 but when the slow multiplayer matchmaking and the edition of buying maps instead of ``pay or wait 3 months`` I sort of came back every once and a while... but then I tried Fallout 3.... That is truely when I stopped! I see this delay as a good thing now, test and get rid of games before they come out, get back in to gears.... AND HOLY **** DEDICATED SERVERS!!!!

CreatureRising
CreatureRising

@Charocks You quit with Gears 1 Multiplayer? HOW THE HECK DID YOU EVEN GIVE GEARS 2 MULTIPLAYER A CHANCE... But anyhow, hoping the multiplayer isn't as messed up as it was with GoW2. Looking forward to the final product.

Charocks
Charocks

Hopefully this multiplayer won't be as bad as Gear's 1 and 2. I quit both games because of all the glitching.

lilflex1
lilflex1

they might only have the beta for people with gears of war 2 just like bungie did with the reach beta testers needed odst

Kendojin
Kendojin

@bradocki Sure I'm a troll because I called you out on your foolish comment, whatever clown fact is I'm a fan of Gears and at least what I said is relevant unlike you who's still doing the good-old system-bashing garbage which was old back with the Xbox and PS2. Also I think it's hilarious at how 360 is the worst system ever for all it's problems when nobody said anything back when PS2's were breaking down way back when.

lazycomplife
lazycomplife

I'm surprised people still don't have all current-gen consoles, but are apparently so into gaming that they go onto news articles/message boards to post.

SuprSaiyanRockr
SuprSaiyanRockr

Kinda strange that people that hate both the X360 and Gears of War would even bother looking at this article, let alone post here... yet here we are, the old RROD excuse... Apparantly the Slim X360 doesn't exist in the eyes of certain ps3 fanboys. Also, it is a shame that only the original ps3 can play ps2 games. Quite a shame. That said, I own both consoles, and I am enjoying them both. To say that you prefer one is fine, but to say one is crap and that people who bought it are idiots... that can only be trolling, or extreme idiocy and failed logic. I never understand this console fanboyism... especially people that defend the wii... oh, nintendo, if anyone in the current console generation should be punished, it is you. I should probably go dust my wii later.

celtslammer91
celtslammer91

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chainsawscourge
chainsawscourge

@pete5506 let the fixes come out in a patch or something

chainsawscourge
chainsawscourge

@pete5506 thats true but it would be nicer if theyl skip the beta and release the full game erlier

chainsawscourge
chainsawscourge

looks awsome but why is marcuses gun in the begining is pink?!

biakcunghnin
biakcunghnin

just forget Ps3, just think about Xbox 360

Pete5506
Pete5506

Always good to hear that there will be a Beta, fix things before the game is released

Grimkillah
Grimkillah

"Gears of War 3 will offer an apocalyptic finale to the series" What the end of the Gears, nooooooooo......

jaymib
jaymib

Cool, hope the beta is open to everyone thought, not rubbish like you have to have gears 2. also to all then fanboys, the open slots on your consoles are for discs, not the other thing you have! the future of gaming is becoming downloads and then it will not matter what console you have.

Zain-Midori
Zain-Midori

ugh,,,all systems have there pros and cons real gamers don't segregate them self's to one system making themselves ignorant to All the great games each system can produce

DeadnBuried
DeadnBuried

@bradocki I too have a 60GB fat launch model PS3, the old beast is still chugging along just fine. I don't have a 360, and I'm sure anyone that saw my earlier comments would call me a PS3 fanboy, but I've gotta say this; The RROD argument stopped being relevant a LOOOONG LONG time ago, so don't bring that up to justify your "Worst console ever statements". You're not a fan of Halo or Fable? That's good for you, I'm not big on them either, but you have to understand that they ARE great games and people DO love them. Just because you don't like them doesn't mean that the console sucks - if it sucked, it wouldn't have sold as many units as it has done. Those people that HAVE bought 360s, are also not idiots, they have different tastes to you, that is all. Also, just because your fat PS3 hasn't broke, doesn't mean the same can be said for every single other fat PS3 out there. Reports of them breaking down are becoming more and more common all the time, so people here aren't saying that to win fanboy points, they're saying it because it's true.

robheisel
robheisel

I cant wait for beta *sleeps in cryo chamber*

UserName521
UserName521

bradocki So in your opinion the 360 is the worst console and everyone who bought it are idoits? You do know that the only idoit here is you, right? Instead of being a fanboy why dont you try and understand that there are lots of people out there that dont give two craps about ps3 exclusives? Most people including myself dont care about games like GT5. If we did we would have went and bought a ps3, but we didnt. We care about games like Halo and Fable thats why we bought a xbox 360. You corprate ps3 tools need to get your heads out of your ass, becasue if we "Xbots" and "wiitards" were intresested in ps3 games we would have gotten one.

amaan4ever
amaan4ever

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bradocki
bradocki

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Kendojin
Kendojin

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kennythomas26
kennythomas26

that's wicked a beta for Gears of war 3, and can everyone STFU with this fan boy argument I got a freaking headache from all this nonsense, PS3 is gonna have the first half of 2011 and for the second half well we'll have to wait and see, oh yeah I almost forgot doesn't most dlc come to the 360 first and all the map packs for the the COD series are gonna be on the 360 first from what Heard from the E3 conference. If I had a ps3 the only game series I'd play is the uncharted series and maybe MAG those are the only games on that console I'd play but that is just me.

bradocki
bradocki

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ShadowJake
ShadowJake

That would be badass if the beta has beast mode. either way, i need to be in that beta