1st October 2010 - In news that is going to make Gears of War fans cry, Epic Games has officially announced that the massively anticipated Gears of War 3 will not be released in the month of April 2011 as previously advised, it will in fact be released in the fall of 2011 to give Microsoft and the Xbox 360 the best chance to dominate the holiday 2011 period. The official statement from Epic Games can be found below:
GEARS OF WAR 3 TAKES AIM AT HOLIDAY 2011
The headline says it all. We wanted you to hear it directly from us, so here’s the statement we just released to the media: "Gears of War 3 promises to be the biggest entertainment launch of 2011. The teams at Microsoft Game Studios and Epic Games have done great work thus far readying the title for release in the spring of 2011. However, we’ve elected to move the launch of Gears of War 3 until fall 2011 to make it the marquee title for the holiday season."
Yeah, we know—waiting’s a pain, especially for a game as eagerly anticipated as Gears of War 3. The teams at Epic and Microsoft Game Studios have done tremendous work and excited fans with huge new features and additions—an astounding four-player cooperative campaign, the groundbreaking new Beast mode, and breathtaking new visual effects, just to name a few.
But as Epic Games executive producer Rod Fergusson tells us, there’s plenty more to show before the game launches this holiday:
"I know fans are going to be disappointed with the new release date, but rest assured that this is a business decision between partners, and not a quality issue. Gears 3 was on track to be the most polished Gears of War game ever when it released in April, and this additional time allows us to polish it that much more before it hits shelves next fall. Next week we have a major multiplayer press visit at Epic HQ, and I'm really looking forward to the fans seeing and hearing about Gears 3 versus multiplayer for the first time. Lots more exciting news to come."
Keep your eyes on www.gearsofwar.com for all the latest updates on Gears of War 3.
So what are your thoughts on this delay? Will it give Epic Games the chance to make Gears of War 3 the best game of 2011? Only time will tell. In the meantime, let us know what you think of this news in our comments section below.
Story By Craig Cirillo