According to Neogaf, a developer build of Gears of War 3 has been leaked onto torrent sites. The leaked version allegedly includes both the full single-player campaign and multiplayer modes.
After a long period in limbo, Gears of War 3 finally has a hard release date again. Epic Games announced today that Fenix and Co. will be back in action on September 20th. Epic had been saying that the game would be released this Fall since they retracted their original projected release date, April 5th.
If September feels like an unbearably long time to wait, then go pick up Epic’s newly-released shooter Bulletstorm. It’s supposed to be a great game, (I’ve only played the demo, which I really liked) AND buying the game on Xbox 360 gets you access to the GoW 3 multiplayer beta.
I know what you’re thinking; “How can they put their impressions of the new Gears of War 3 trailer without actually letting us see it?” Well, it’s too late to worry about that now. If you didn’t catch it on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” last night, here’s the debut trailer for “Gears of War 3”.
WOW. Gears of War 3. Sure, we weren’t supposed to know what was coming, but knowing what game it was going to be didn’t make actually SEEING the trailer any less amazing. Most importantly, after the trailer, Cliff Bleszinski threw out a more specific release date: “Gears of War 3” will be in stores (and most likely in your hands) on April 5’th, 2011.
Now, what did we learn from the trailer? First, there will be female COG soldiers. Though it’s a purely aesthetic addition, but it’s definitely a welcome addition. Second, the trailer spent an awful long time focusing on Dom and that statue of a woman and her child: Expect Dom’s search for his family to play a major role in the game’s story. Lastly, the crazy tentacle monsters: According to GOW3 rumor mill, in addition to being a major plot component, these mysterious uber-enemies will change the way player use cover because they can reach around barriers to attack players and NPCs.
Also, while we’re on the subject of the tentacle monsters, they were the only part of the trailer that worries me. Does anyone else think that the prospective plot – The COGs and the Locust both being forced to fight a newer, tougher enemy – seems just a little bit like the second half of the original “Halo”? Please Epic, don’t rush to tie up all the loose ends of this exemplary series by using a horribly clichéd plot device.
Regardless, the game looks amazing… Only 360 days until April 5’th, 2011.
So last night Cliff Bleszinski was supposed to unveil a “New Project” on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”. Unfortunately, Cliffy B was bumped at the last minute so that Justin Bieber could play the drums with Questlove from “The Roots”: Meanwhile, Bleszinski’s appearance was delayed to Monday night…
Apparently, nobody told the guys at Microsoft. Early this morning, Xbox Spotlight featured an interesting ad:
So now we know what we’ve all assumed until now. “Gears of War 3” will be released in April, 2011. Bleszinski will still be on “Late Night” on Monday night. We may know about the game now, but presumably the guys at Epic Games had a flashier debut in mind: Presumably, we will actually get to see the game.
Meanwhile, since the postponement rumors have sprung up about changes and new features in the game. According to Edge, there will be a focus making covered positions a little less secure this time around: on the one hand, there will be a new tentacled enemies that can reach behind cover and attack players. On the other, players will have access to a new type of grenade that burrows underground to hit entrenched enemies. Also, apparently the game will take place in “summer”, so the grey and brown color scheme of the first two games may get an infusion of color.
Bad news for “Gears of War” fans: “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” co-producer Gavin Purcell tweet today that they will be postponing tonight’s unveiling of Cliff Bleszinski’s “new project” (lets call it… Gears of War 3). Purcell said that a scheduling conflict made it necessary to push back the announcement at the last minute because of a “Scheduling Conflict”: Instead, Bleszinski and his new game will make their grand debut on Monday, April 12’th.
Fallon originally tweeted out that Bleszinski would be showing off an unnamed project last week. Most people, myself included, believe that the mystery project will be “Gears of War 3”. Word is that “Gears of War 3” is already in development and is currently on schedule for an April, 2011 release. (Alongside “Killzone 3”?)
Jimmy Fallon tweeted yesterday that “Gears of War” series mastermind Cliff Bleszinski will be unveiling his new game, presumably “Gears of War 3”, on his talk show “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” next Thursday. Bleszinski said that he planned to show his “newest project” to the public this Spring; most assumed that meant a big show at E3, but apparently the boys at Epic Games have other plans.
Even though there hasn’t been any official word yet on Gears 3, there’s almost no doubt that this new mystery game is the next entry in the series. Word on the street is that Gears of War 3 is on track to go gold some time in April 2011.
Gears of War 3 is one of those games that everybody knows is coming. Sure, neither developer Epic or Microsoft have said a word about the next entry in one of the highest profile series in the video game world, but just because there’s no news doesn’t mean the team isn’t already hard at work. According to Edge magazine, Epic apparently already has a timeline in place; according to a “trusted US publishing source”, Epic will announce that Gears of War 3 will reach the public in April, 2011.
According to the source, Epic will be unveiling the game at E3 this June, with a teaser trailer being leaked just before. Apparently the game could have been ready for this holiday season, but with a very heavy winter lineup, (Halo: Reach, Fable 3 and the Project Natal launch) Microsoft has opted to hold the game back until the next spring.
As of now, the announcement is purely speculative. When asked about the statement, Microsoft declined to comment on rumors. On the other hand, Epic VP Mark Rein said that the studio will not be releasing a game in 2010: while that doesn’t confirm anything, is does support Edge’s assertion.