Gears of War 3 has a new and final global release date: 20th September 2011.

Microsoft community man Graeme Boyd tweeted the date moments ago. Japan, incidentally, will get Gears of War 3 two days later on 22nd September.

Gears of War 3 suffered a delay from April to autumn 2011 back in October 2010. This happened to coincide wonderfully with the Eurogamer Expo 2010, where the inventive Gears of War 3 Beast multiplayer mode was playable.

Epic insisted at the time the delay wasn't because of quality concerns, which suggests Microsoft held Gears of War 3 back to headline its autumn Xbox 360 schedule. And with features like dedicated multiplayer servers on Xbox 360, four-player campaign co-op and a set-piece-loaded story with more action than you can shake a Lancer at - Gears of War 3 can handle the billing.

Gears of War 1, released 12th November 2006, scored 8/10 on Eurogamer. Gears of War 2, released 7th November 2008, scored 9/10 on Eurogamer.

The only question remaining is whether Gears of War 3, two years on, can raise the roof and score 10/10?

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