Retailer Amazon has finally blown the whistle on what the first Gears of War novel will be called and when it will be out.

Dubbed The Pendulum Wars The Battle of Aspho Fields it will apparently be available in the UK in February, followed by North America in August.

As the title suggests, the story, written by former games journalist Steven Kent, will focus around The Battle of Aspho Fields that made protagonist Marcus Fenix a household name.

It should also fill some of the gaping plot holes left open by the game, and what is clearly important historical background.

The Gears of War novel was unearthed last summer and is rumoured to be part of a trilogy that will expand the popular shooter franchise.

Gears of War was released on Xbox 360 in November 2006 and shot to the top of both sales and most played charts, scooping buckets of awards in the process.

Pop over to our macho Gears of War review to see why a few steroids go a long way.

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