No prerelease Gears of War demo

Epic Games' Mark Rein says a sampling of the Xbox 360 sci-fi shooter won't happen before game's release; other downloadable content is higher priority.

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Good news for Gears of War fans came out of Epic Games today, as the game's official release date was announced. The sci-fi shooter will hit stores on November 12, just five days before the launch of the PlayStation 3.

Unfortunately, it wasn't all good news out of Cary, North Carolina. Mark Rein, Epic's vice president, gave the latest on the possibility of a Gears of War demo in a post on the game's official Web site, and it doesn't look good.

"I don't see any way we could do a demo before the game comes out. We've said that before. Demos take a long time to create and polish, and we can't afford to get derailed like that if we want to have the game in stores by Thanksgiving," he said.

However, it doesn't mean a demo will never come out, as he doesn't exclude the possibility of a trial coming out after the game is released.

He added, "I know we have some very cool plans--not 100 percent solid so too early to give any specifics--for additional downloadable, so that might take a higher priority than creating a demo."

Epic still appears to be completely entrenched in developing the game, as Rein refuted rumors that the game was almost completed and was just being used to distract consumers from the PlayStation 3 launch. "If it were going to be finished sooner, we'd be releasing it sooner, and we would have told you about Emergence Day a long time ago."

Discussion

165 comments
GeigerdolylWodd
GeigerdolylWodd

shanzor I don't know if you guys know this, but, Epic is under a lot of stress to make this game. They stayed up for like 3 nights straight to finish the GOW E3 demo. I saw it in a little documentary thing made about it. So, if your complaining about the demo, realize that they are really busy and only have the time to do the game so that it will turn out perfect. =============================================================Hey I understand I'm not complaining. I just dont know much about these messages that were sent out by the characters in the game can someone tell me about it?

shanzor
shanzor

I don't know if you guys know this, but, Epic is under a lot of stress to make this game. They stayed up for like 3 nights straight to finish the GOW E3 demo. I saw it in a little documentary thing made about it. So, if your complaining about the demo, realize that they are really busy and only have the time to do the game so that it will turn out perfect.

somadude
somadude

man i was hopin for a demo

rholding2000
rholding2000

Game looks great. Lets see how many PS3 buyers it may convert.

rholding2000
rholding2000

it does look good, lets hope it delivers and is not a flash in the pan, its not looking like that atm but weve seen overhype like this time and time again. It comes at a great time as well, while most will be ready to get their ps3 and their 'gameX 36' and 'gamX 876' we will beable to play gears of war, which for once is the first game of a new franchise. with a strong showing already they can only make loads better for the next one. We all love a little console bash so heres mine, i hope this game when it comes out sways all the ps3 hopefuls to turn to the 360 as for near £300 less or $300 all ur geting is the same thing. A game playing machine foremost, i pity the fool who buys these solely for DVD playback . . a dvd player is like 15 quid dudes : /

al
al

I CANT WAIT FOR THIS GAME! I ALREADY CAN TELL YOU IT WILL RECEIVE A SUPERB RATING.

rodders1991
rodders1991

this game looks the best game out this year close to oblivion but why do they taunt us by not bringing out a demo

Ryu16
Ryu16

Um Epic would it be much better to GIVE US THE E3 DEMO?!!? Just give us the same E3 demo that Cliffy has demonstrated and everything will be all good. In fact they need to release demos for every game that was played on the 360 in E3.

Fauij
Fauij

they wanna have very heavy enticipation when this game comes out soo thats probrobly y theres no demo...............but there should be.....

AirJordan0424
AirJordan0424

i cant for this game, going to be one of the best games for 360 besides Assassin's Creed!

seth1689
seth1689

if u guys want a demo so bad just w8 a while this game is supost to b the best game for 360 to date so y care if there is a demo or not we alll kno its gonna waste any other game and i myself think this can b a "ps3 killer"

InsaneDesi
InsaneDesi

i agree wit the last guy. and WTF??? no demo? damn.

360guy
360guy

additional content? if its not just maps maybe its themes, skins, and maybe even patches and weapons. Looks good though, but i think id rather have a very kickass game than a kickass demo and a sucky finished product.

lageasy311
lageasy311

geez, i just came here to see what all the hype is about this game cuz it looked interesting and all I find is some staunch x-box fanboys trying to do a roast-a-thon going on 16 pages now of crap and banter. Most of your lame comments don't even have anything to do with the game...... I think it looks cool, but I have not even seen a in-game demo or how it will look or play. Looks just as good as Resistance IMO or Unreal 07 (i know i know same company). As for the morons that are trying to say Halo will be 49.99 this IS microsoft were talking about, they have been selling games for 60 and people still buy so don't think they'll give you that 10 dollar disc if they know your gonna pay anyway........especially if it's Halo. Now no trash talking ladies, I know ps3 will be just as exp so before I hear you babies start crying with OMGWTFBBQ!!!!!! Just know it's thoughts, opinions, and NEVER is fact till the big-wigs says so's.

Chris875
Chris875

What kind of "additional downloadable" you guys think their refering to? I hope it's not just maps for multiplayer.

nev70
nev70

Marquis what can i say to a Nintendo fanboy as yourself apart from lets just wait until the title comes out and see wether it rocks or not ? then we can continue this discusion while you cry into your keyboard cause you havent got a 360 to play it on! PS TO STOP YOUR SELF LOOKING TOO UNEDUCATED IT MIGHT HELP IF YOU PLAYED A FEW FPS ON VARIOUS FORMATS THAT WAY YOU WOULD KNOW WHAT YOUR TALKING ABOUT AND NOT SHOW YOURSELF UP TO PEOPLE READING THIS WHO SEE YOU HAVENT GOT A CLUE ABOUT SHOOTERS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ENOUGH ENOUGH I HAVE A BUSINESS TO RUN AND MONEY TO MAKE !!!!!!!!!!!!! THAKYOU FOR THE BLIND FANBOYISIM

Maquis_UK
Maquis_UK

Nintendo dont make carbon-copy boring overhyped shooters, you see. ooh Buuuuurrrrrrrn.

nev70
nev70

EPIC = UNREAL what do you think they spend their time doing and specialising in SHOOTERS you really dont understand do you Marquis shall i spell it out again EPIC SPEND MOST OF THEIR TIME ON UNREAL THAT IS WHAT THIER KNOWN FOR.GOW is an intriging new brake from thier usual fare!!!!!!!! thats why lots of people are excited with this new title!!!!!! PLEASE DONT BE BITTER THAT ITS NOT YOUR BELOVED NINTENDO MAKING THIS GAME ALL FORMATS HAVE SOME GREAT GAMES BUT THEN AGAIN YOU WOULDNT KNOW THIS WOULD YOU ,BURNED I'VE JUST MELTED YOUR ***

Chris875
Chris875

To all the nay sayers: How many of you played a Halo or Halo 2demo pre release? How about Oblivion? And how many pre release demos absolutely sucked? Just because there will be no demo doesn't mean this will be a crap game. Maybe it just means there devoting ALL their energy to making this game as great as possible by Nov. 12

Maquis_UK
Maquis_UK

oh god Unreal again. is there any other decent game from Epic? one franchise does not a quality code-house make. Burn? nope sorry but do feel free to try again.

r3drum636
r3drum636

ahhahaa Marquis_UK got served... ohhhh better put some ice on that BUUURN

nev70
nev70

Marquis_UK Unreal 2004 was made by idiots was it ????? or dont you know much about shooters , check out the reveiws of that title ! yeah i play that on my pc and know its not my platform of choice ITS ONLY OUT ON 1 CONSOLE AND THATS THE 360 SO YOU WONT BE PLAYING IT WILL YOU? and i not on any horse i just know what i am on about

Maquis_UK
Maquis_UK

so what, I need to have a 360 to know that Epic games are eejits who constantly put their foots in their mouths? a friend of mine has 360 so don't think I havent seen them running games. Anyway my comment wasnt 360-specific... I was pointing out that holding back on demos is an old trick. get off your high horse.... or maybe you're just feeling very defensive about your chosen platform... hmmm.

nev70
nev70

Maquis_UK not releasing a demo = they dont want people realising how awful it is. this is an old trick beloved of bad software developers.. How cynical i bet this game is great i have read what people think who have played bits of it and they love it YOU DONT EVEN OWN A 360 DO YOU???????????THIS STORY DOES NOT CONCERN YOU

west2046
west2046

I Need This Game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LiliShake
LiliShake

I really do think he's being honest. They're probably under quite a bit of pressure to get GoW out in it's highest possible quality at a time where they can parry the PS3 launch. Every day someone is working on the demo is a day someone isn't working on the final game.

rjarana88
rjarana88

They are just building up hype for the game. I think it's better to not make a demo so that emergence will be much more important to gamers. After the game is released there should be a demo though for the people who aren't confident about buying the game. I sure don't need a demo because after seeing the first level in action I just can't wait to buy the game.

Maquis_UK
Maquis_UK

not releasing a demo = they dont want people realising how awful it is. this is an old trick beloved of bad software developers..

kaleidostar
kaleidostar

No demo is really bad news.. especially they are charging 69.99 for the game package. Movies do that too- many movies have no sneak preview so critics cant give bad reviews for it since people wont be seeing it if it gets bad reviews.

Basket420
Basket420

hey messin18...not sure if u've noticed but most of the "next-gen" games are $60...i really doubt halo 3 will be $50

messin18
messin18

EnigmaNemesis, What don't you understand? GOW is a 3rd party game thus $10 more expensive. Halo 3 will be a first party game thus $10 cheaper. First party games are typically cheaper because just like they take a 100-200 hit per console sold in order to have high installation base but they will also sell their games cheaper for the same reasons. And yes you incorrectly made the claim that because Microsoft publishes this game it makes it a first party game then proceeded to give a url trying to back it up that made no mention of first party game or not.

phSychO_AtDawn
phSychO_AtDawn

XBM will probably have a Demo of it before it comes out on Marketplace.He doesn't exclude the possibility of a trial coming out after the game is released.

lalex2
lalex2

They dont want to release a demo cause that way everybody will not realize that Gears... is another regular shooter-action-adventure game with better graphics.

sasuke55
sasuke55

Demo Shemo I'm gettng this anyway! Before XBL we didnt' have demos all the time why have them now? Sure there great but this game is going to be off the chain anyway!

dukerav
dukerav

Oh well I guess that confirms that the "Big Announcement" was the Nov. 12 release date. If so then, meh that wasnt such a big announcement, as I dont view dates as big announcements unless its the date for a new console. Having said that still looking forward to getting this game when it ships.

spidey008
spidey008

I won't need a demo because I'll be buying this game regardless. GOW is going to be a great game. I have faith in that.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

Demos are not THAT hard to make. They are just trying to build up more hype me thinks.

EnigmaNemesis
EnigmaNemesis

@wild_world_girl Dont pretend to be something you are not. Dont lie to make friends. Fanboy , ROFL .. I am just going by what TeamXbox.com has an entire round table discussion on. Take it up with them. I also did say I was purchasing it regardless... but find it ironic that a MSFT published exclusive title is $10 more. Betcha Halo 3 wont be $49 /wink

wild_world_girl
wild_world_girl

@ EnigmaNemesis The true mark of a first party title is the developer, NOT the publisher. This is the contention of game developers such as myself and my co-workers, and they are the ones I am more likely to side with - not fanboys who are willing to throw a tantrum about $10. And I will say it again - I couldn't care less for Gears. I just hate argumentative fanboys making stuff up and citing webpages that don't prove their point anyway.

Zeromind_Eric
Zeromind_Eric

Yea, whatever. No demo is needed. Just keep perfecting the game and plan on messing up PS3 sales. Mwaaa ha haaa!

o_sausage
o_sausage

i'd much rather have a theme or gamerpic instead of a demo (i'm being sarcastic)

nev70
nev70

DarknessOfFate1 nev70 Did Half life 2 have a demo pre release? halo 1 or 2 no then why moan I JUST WANT THE FULL GAM Get a clue HL2 had a demo HALF LIFE 2 DID NOT HAVE A DEMO ON THE XBOX VERSION PRERELEASE GET A ******* CLUE

nev70
nev70

Paul_TheGreat If they release the demo, they know the game will suck. Paul when did you play it i,d love to read your review please enlighten us all as you seem to know what its like ******.

messin18
messin18

devilscry, What did you want little kid? For all thoes so pissed that the announcement wasn't HUGE AND EXCITEING.. wtf did you think it was going to be? Free drugs for everyone? It was big news to all of thoes really excited about GOW. Going on a 3 paragragh all cap lock rant because you don't think the announcement was big is so childish and lame.

DarknessOfFate1
DarknessOfFate1

nev70 Did Half life 2 have a demo pre release? halo 1 or 2 no then why moan I JUST WANT THE FULL GAME Get a clue HL2 had a demo.

Brain-Dead360
Brain-Dead360

Damn!!! I was really hoping that I would get a little taste of the game, before November oh well, only 90 more days till emergence day.

hotdork70minus1
hotdork70minus1

Funny how many people cry about this game being waaaaay over hyped. Yes, GOW is pretty hyped up but nothing compared to the PS3....PS3 is nothing but hype.

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

Gears of War is a legit Game of the Year contender and does not need a demo to increase the hype. I still want a demo though.:P