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.