Gears of War 3
Gears of War 3 Getting a Multiplayer Beta in Early 2011
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You could have been right in saying that the famous idiom, “every cloud has a silver lining,” was a PR spun buzz phrase on the back of last week’s news that Gears of War 3 would slip into the fall. The bad news and no silver lining - except more polish of course - meant fans were left a little bewildered.

Let's instil the faith in that phrase though once again as Epic told the press gathered at their Raleigh based studios on Wednesday that it means that they can now do a multiplayer beta in early 2011 for the much anticipated sequel.

Executive Producer, Rod Fergusson, dropped the news in the closing moments of their lengthy Gears of War 3 presentation on Tuesday, noting that the “business decision” to delay the title means that the multiplayer beta will ensure they won’t fall foul of the same issues that plagued Gears of War 2’s launch.

Fergusson was quick to note that further details were not available at this time, but lamented that they’d have to get it polished up enough for it to act as a demo as well, as most console gamers judged their purchase on how a beta fares - which must be said, isn't the point of a beta.
The EP did note though that the beta would allow them to test the dedicated servers that Epic are setting up for their fall 2011 title.
When we hear more about the specifics, we'll keep you informed. For now though, you can sleep soundly in your bed tonight knowing that you'll be playing Gears of War 3 from the comfort of your own home, sooner than you'd expected.
Every cloud has a silver lining, right?


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Comment #1 by yamayamayaamaa
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 08:10:39 AM
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Good news. Can't wait!

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Comment #2 by jtr1gg3r
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 08:11:06 AM
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Guarantee you have to but bulletstorm......

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Comment #3 by BL33DtheDREAM
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 08:12:04 AM
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Oh thank you Epic, best news I've heard all day. Its go time baby! Lol..

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Comment #4 by kp84k
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 08:13:24 AM
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should be interesting

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Comment #5 by Lord Terentius
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 08:16:29 AM
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Thank god!!

Finally... after 2 potentially great MP renditions ruined by laggy hosts, dodgy weapon mechanics we are getting what we need most.

A MP Beta with dedicated servers.

Personally can't wait (well, I have been waiting since 2006 since the first GoW). Better late than never.

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Comment #6 by Epic Gamer Will
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 08:18:35 AM
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@2 not sure what you just said but Maybe you have to but Bulletstorm to get the beta? (like ODST and Reach...)

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Comment #7 by High Lord Sigma
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 08:20:16 AM
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This is nothing but a good thing for anybody, from the most hardcore MLG player to the average Gears player. Good show, Epic; I can forgive you for delaying this to the fall, now.

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Comment #8 by Pieville
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 08:30:59 AM
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I may actually download this Beta, can't wait.

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Comment #9 by Emperor Guan DI
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 08:35:09 AM
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This is one of the things I was hoping to hear with the delay.

@Webb, last paragraph last sentence should be "sooner than you'd expected."

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Comment #10 by HorsemanOfWar16
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 08:35:12 AM
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gd i played beast mode at eurogamer and was just yearning for more... i was like a fat kid with donuts as they say lol - still annoyed about this delay... but inevitably more time equals better game. - Still they should add loads new content in that time surely ? - new modes, extra characters like alex from the comics. - still beta sounds good to me ... just hope i can get my hands on one!

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Comment #11 by Shubz
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 08:36:20 AM
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Comment #12 by mR II FLaMe x
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 08:38:40 AM
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Cant wait, wanna play it NOW!!!!!

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Comment #13 by Webb [STAFF]
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 08:41:04 AM
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@#9 - Cheers dude. Fixed.

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Comment #14 by LastbornSmudg3
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 08:52:44 AM
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Comment #15 by Jornny Ramone
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 08:56:03 AM
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I really hope the MP resembles the MP from Gears 1. In fairness, that's what got people into the whole Gears franchise, and seeing as EVERYONE knows that the MP in Gears 2 was ruined, says enough about how awesome Gears 1's MP was. That's a lot of MP's, I'm sorry.

Gears & Beers!!

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Comment #16 by ShadowMonkey987
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 09:00:40 AM
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@2 Maybe those who got their Veteran Gear Achievement will get early access and those who haven't got it have to buy BulletStorm..

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Comment #17 by BruinsFTW
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 09:02:38 AM
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After reading the huge multi-player review this morning I cannot fucking wait for this. So pumped. This may be the most solid title for 360 when it releases.

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Comment #18 by jtr1gg3r
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 09:05:19 AM
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@6 thats exactly what I meant, I made atypo =P

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Comment #19 by Jack Flak
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 09:06:59 AM
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You better have one, cuz if this game is as glitchy-fake as the last one, I'll pass.

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Comment #20 by ramarcos
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 09:13:37 AM
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Nice! Can't wait!

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Comment #21 by J Prime
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 09:13:51 AM
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Comment #22 by cheevo360
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 09:15:22 AM
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Beep! Beep! Beep! Cheerful can't wait for beta, love Gears of War and Gears of War 2.

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Comment #23 by DeepInfern0
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 09:27:24 AM
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Awesome, about time though. They seemed to have learnt from Gears of War 2 which is very good.

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Comment #24 by GOWnage
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 09:28:42 AM
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thank god. Gow 2 was an epic letdown. this game may not be if we have a beta.

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Comment #25 by Jleek1992
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 09:33:04 AM
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Read up about this and watched a little bit of the Video on Gamespot looks awsome i am going to buy this not matter what.

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Comment #26 by stealthykill213
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 09:43:08 AM
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i hope they just improve the matchmaking process....didn't like it that much in the 2 previous games

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Comment #27 by Ingles
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 09:44:26 AM
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A lot more companies are going with MP betas and I'm glad that they are! If they can compile all of the data before launch like Halo Reach did, they'll have an even more solid multiplayer experience in this game than in the past two titles. I'm excited!

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Comment #28 by Pheenomx
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 10:01:29 AM
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Remember they said you get a surprise when you reach 100? What if it was only playable to level 100's lol

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Comment #29 by ViNyLek
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 10:08:09 AM
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Fucking sweet. I hope beta won't require you to buy some other game, because that always was kinda lame. I totally want to play Gears, but I could not care about bulletstorm for example. Or I won't be buying MoH just to play BC3 beta evene though I'd love to. As long as they sne dit out via email and it does not require you to pay for something I'm in^^

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Comment #30 by Shockwave
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 10:25:27 AM
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I want a gears 3 console lol

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Comment #31 by Spanish Assault
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 10:26:55 AM
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wonder how we will be able to get the beta? GOW 2?

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Comment #32 by AlmightyZing
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 11:00:15 AM
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FINALLY dedicated servers! Hopefully now those of us who dont have the privilege of choosing our internet service can stand a chance. It will be so nice to have a shotgun that shoots bullets instead of bubbles.

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Comment #33 by jd070993
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 11:44:59 AM
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Actually, those people saying that level 100's will get exclusive access isn't such a far fetched idea.

Epic running these crazy XP events... they want more people to get into the beta!

Unless my logic is flawed... in which case, ignore what I just said.

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Comment #34 by RaStAReLLs
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 12:14:49 PM
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Gears 2 was complete garbage...I loved gears 1 though...and had high hopes for gears 2..hopefully everyone will be able to download the beta...looking forward to playing 3...hopefully epic doesnt ruin it even more!

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Comment #35 by mjc0961
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 12:43:24 PM
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Yay, beta and servers, should be great.

Also, shame on retards who think that beta = demo. Anyone who does that is an idiot and there should be a government agency dedicated to putting people that stupid down for their own good along with the good of everyone else.

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Comment #36 by Caramel Cardinal
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 01:25:57 PM
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i asked about this a few months agoin the gears forums and they said not a chance in hell
alot more people asked about this and got the same response, now it seems epic are doing what we've been dying for, just so long as i don't have to buy some crap game to play it

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Comment #37 by Hand of Blood52
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 01:33:59 PM
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*fap fap fap fap*

This is great, gear 3 will be a GREAT game. :)

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Comment #38 by xMidget_Furyx
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 01:45:35 PM
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best reason to give for a delay. a beta is the best thing aside from the dedicated servers great news from epic.

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Comment #39 by Hebi no David
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 01:53:04 PM
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Cool! And at least this time, they will be able to fix the multiplayer before it's release.

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Comment #40 by FuriousAli007
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 02:02:12 PM
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A perfect scenario would be including the beta with Bulletstorm.

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Comment #41 by B1ue Smoke
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 02:07:32 PM
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@ 6 and 2 I doubt it. bulletstorm is published by EA.

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Comment #42 by FuriousAli007
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 02:30:26 PM
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But aren't Epic involved with Bulletstorm ??

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Comment #43 by WhIpLaSh 014
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 03:11:55 PM
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OMFG!!! For once, they listen! Now we get dedicated servers and no more host advantage bull!!

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Comment #44 by KiidxLuNa7iic
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 03:25:43 PM
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Why can't every game company be like this?

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Comment #45 by xLUNCHTREYx
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 04:21:07 PM
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I'm so just in awe right now, my dreams have come true. OMG finally EPIC is listening to the fans!

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Comment #46 by Epic Gamer Will
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 04:29:20 PM
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@41 no need for hate it was just my opinion

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Comment #47 by Buckdawg
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 05:07:47 PM
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Epic had either 1) get alot of things RIGHT for once with Gears, or 2) get ready to deal with the backlash of ALOT of pissed off fans if they release a shitty product. Sure, it's a beta, and MEANT to garner critisism, but I think alot of fan anger over the multiplayer issues of the first two titles may well bubble over into a weak demo for the latest installment...

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Comment #48 by MediumMelanin
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 05:09:50 PM
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Fix the lag, host advantages and horrible MP stats & ranks then GoW3 might be GOTY '11.

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Comment #49 by X PeCH
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 07:07:20 PM
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epic? gears? beta? ...great news!

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Comment #50 by Pixo
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 07:29:52 PM
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The beta will either be with the first day purchase of Bulletstorm or go to anyone that has Veteran Gear in Gears 2.

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Comment #51 by Rip1Good 2033
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 08:18:50 PM
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Thank you Epic!

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Comment #52 by LegendaryMarvel
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 08:47:24 PM
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@15 nothing likes some Gears 'n' Beers!

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Comment #53 by Rastaman20
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 09:12:25 PM
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anyone ever hear of a lil game called BF:BC 1 and 2? remember they had dedicated servers they lag like a no legged man tryin to win a decathalon

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Comment #54 by PuttyGod
Thursday, October 07, 2010 @ 09:43:03 PM
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This is great news. The second game would've benefitted hugely, had it had a beta, same with MW2.

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Comment #55 by banej
Friday, October 08, 2010 @ 01:16:26 PM
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Hope they will migrate Gears 2 over to the dedicated servers as well so we can get our wings! =)

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Comment #56 by DESTRO5
Saturday, October 09, 2010 @ 09:54:04 PM
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I think the banhammer will come harder than ever with this game on MP.

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