Achievements earned in old Gears of War games unlock new things like skins in Gears of War 3, Epic has revealed.
For instance, if you had the gold Hammerburst or Lancer in Gears of War 2, you will have the same weapon skins in Gears of War 3.
And if you did anything in Gears of War 2 or Gears of War PC, you will get a chrome weapon skin in Gears of War 3.
What level you got to in Gears of War 2 multiplayer doesn't matter, explained Gears 3 executive producer Rod Fergusson - it's what Achievements you have that count towards future unlocks.
"Generally whenever we do unlocks, we do it based on Achievements," Fergusson told MTV Multiplayer.
"That's why I've been trying to tell people about the level 100 thing. No, it's not about getting level 100, it's about Veteran Gear. Get that Achievement and that'll get you something.
"I don't care if you're level 100," he added, "you have to have the Veteran Gear Achievement."
The Veteran Gear Achievement is yours for reaching level 100 and winning one match on each of the four Gears of War 2 Snowblind maps.
Gears of War 3 arrives this autumn. Eurogamer's most recent coverage was a Digital Foundry dissection of the Gears of War 3 multiplayer beta and the technical capabilities of Epic's new game.