Gears of War 3


Key events

20th September 2011

Gears 3 midnight launch footage

20th September 2011

Gears 3 launch head-shaving pics

15th September 2011

Gears of War 3

2nd September 2011

Gears of War 3 finale trailer

24th February 2011

Gears of War 3 Beta

Skate 3 to be enhanced for Xbox One X

Alongside Mirror's Edge and Gears of War 3.

Three more Xbox 360 classics will be enhanced for Xbox One X including Skate 3, Mirror's Edge, and Gears of War 3, Microsoft has announced.

Gears of War creator Epic Games announces a new game

Remember when Epic Games flew the Xbox 360 flag with Gears of War? Those were the days. Now we get Paragon (open beta), a not-bad MOBA; Fortnite (alpha), a base-building survival game in development for six years now; and a new, somewhat openly developed Unreal Tournament (pre-alpha).

Oh, and one other game, just announced: Battle Breakers. A turn-based tactical role-playing game for mobiles and PC, with cross-platform play.

Battle Breakers looks like typical mobile fare, with your team's heroes stood on hex grids on your side, facing off against enemies standing on hex grids on their side. There's an anime style and tone to the whole thing, with loud noises and flashy abilities. Do I sound old yet?

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Whatever your stance on the humble moustache, mutton chops, beard or goatee, facial hair can be found growing with reckless abandon on a number of gaming's most memorable protagonists (and a few forgettable ones to boot). Once you delve a bit deeper, however, a pattern starts to emerge from among the bristles; facial hair is, basically, game developer shorthand for emotional development.

Epic sells Gears of War to Microsoft

Epic sells Gears of War to Microsoft

UPDATE: CliffyB won't be working on the next Gears... at all.

UPDATE: Gears of War creator Clifford Bleszinski has confirmed that he will not be working on the next Gears game in any capacity.

"I'm not going to move to Vancouver and work on it," Bleszinski said on his Clifford Unchained blog. "I'm not going to consult on it."

This isn't so say that he's bitter about the change. In fact, he's looking forward to this new take on the series given how well Microsoft handled the Halo property after giving it to newcomers 343. "343 knocked it out of the park with Halo and I think Black Tusk will do a fantastic job with Gears," Bleszinski stated.

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A senior Scottish policeman has called for a second look into the prevention of children playing adult-rated games online after a 13-year-old boy slashed a friend's throat with a knife following a Gears of War 3 session.

Epic unveils Unreal Engine 4 with stunning in-game screens

Epic unveils Unreal Engine 4 with stunning in-game screens

"Actively lobbying" for PS4, and next Xbox to be more powerful.

Epic has unveiled Unreal Engine 4 with stunning screenshots that showcase what will hopefully be possible with the next generation of consoles.

In a Wired article, Epic staff discussed the tech, which was shown behind closed doors and under NDA at the Game Developers Conference earlier this year.

The screenshots above are taken from the 153 second Unreal Engine 4 real-time demo powered by the Nvidia Kepler GTX 680. It shows an armoured demon knight in a mountain fortress. Lava flows as the knight wields a huge hammer as he enters a metal corridor before looking out at mountain peaks. It's designed to show lens flare, distortion, environmental destruction and other fancy graphics techniques.

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Epic confirms Gears of War: Exile has been cancelled

Epic confirms Gears of War: Exile has been cancelled

Rumoured Kinect project scrapped.

Epic Games has acknowledged that Gears of War: Exile, a franchise spin-off first rumoured back in 2010, once existed but has since been cancelled.

Design director Cliff Bleszinski broke the studio's silence in an interview with GameSpot over the weekend.

"Let's just bury the hatchet now," he said. "Gears of War: Exile was an unannounced game that I can't give any details about that has since been cancelled."

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Epic to show off Unreal Engine 4 next week

First glimpse at what next gen will look like?

Epic Games shows off the latest version of its Unreal Engine at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco next week, the company has announced.

Gears of War 3 Forces of Nature DLC announced

Gears of War 3 Forces of Nature DLC announced

5 maps, Easter Egg weapons and new Achievements.

Epic has announced Gears of War 3 DLC Forces of Nature, due out on 27th March.

Forces of Nature is a collection of three new maps, each set during a natural disaster, and two remakes from previous Gears games. The new maps are Aftermath, Artillery and Cover. The remakes are Jacinto (Gears of War 2) and Raven Down (Gears of War 1).

Gears executive producer Rod Fergusson announced the DLC on GameTrailers, explaining how they work.

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New Epic IP "radically different", a "departure"

"We haven't been nervous like this for a while!"

The new IP from Gears of War developer Epic Games to be announced at the Spike Video Game Awards this weekend will be "radically different" and is intended to be a "departure" for the US studio, it has said.

Epic unveils new game this weekend

Epic unveils new game this weekend

"Fresh" IP developed at North Carolina HQ.

Epic Games' design director Cliff Bleszinski will this weekend unveil a new title incoming from the Gears of War developer.

As teased in a Spike video today, Bleszinksi will take to the stage at the annual VGA event in Los Angeles to formally unveil the new project.

That's all we know for now, other than that it's in development at Epic's North Carolina HQ, unlike recent releases Infinity Blade and Bulletstorm which were farmed out to Chair Entertainment and People Can Fly, respectively.

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12 Days of Christmas Xbox Giveaway!

IT'S ALL OVER! Winners have been/are being notified. Thanks to all who entered!

UPDATE: And we're done! Thanks to everyone who entered and thanks to Microsoft for providing so many amazing prizes. We have notified 11 out of 12 winners as of Wednesday 22nd December and will be speaking to yesterday's victor this morning. Congratulations if you won and watch out for more massive giveaways on this scale in the future!

Gears of War 3 title update 2 released

Gears of War 3 title update 2 released

Exploits! Progress issues! Spectator mode!

Epic Games has released the second title update for Xbox 360 exclusive Gears of War 3.

It combats a number of exploits, fixes lost progress and profile issues, and adds a spectator mode.

Microsoft is rolling out the title update today, which means the game's dedicated servers will not be available. When it is live in your region, you will be prompted to download the update if you are connected to Xbox Live.

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Free Gears of War 3 DLC incoming

Versus Booster Map Pack out later this month.

A new complimentary DLC pack is on its way to Gears of War 3 later this month, developer Epic has announced.

UK Top 40: FIFA 12 boots up chart

Ico Collection enters in seventh.

EA Sports' annual footie fiesta FIFA 12 has stuck the boot in to last week's number one Gears of War 3, landing top of the chart.

Gears of War 3 sells over 3m in a week

Xbox 360 exclusive shooter Gears of War 3 has sold over three million copies worldwide during its first week on sale,">Microsoft has announced.

Microsoft said today the Epic-developed title is the biggest game of 2011 so far.

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Gears of War 3 DLC: expect Barrick

Cliffy B responds to story discussion.

Gears of War 3 campaign downloadable content will feature spin-off character Michael Barrick, Epic Games design director Cliff Bleszinski has confirmed.

This week, you get your third chance to experience one of the most thrilling and absorbing templates for a single-player campaign this generation. Yep - Capybara's wonderful Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes has been released on PC!

Gears 3 story won't "please everybody"

Traviss: "You can't tie up everything."

Those looking for all the various strands of the Gears of War story to be neatly tied up in the latest installment of Epic's franchise might come away disappointed.

Out This Week - 23/09/11

Gears 3! F1! Resi 4 HD!

It's here, the Eurogamer Expo 2011, our fourth and biggest year so far. We've taken all your feedback from the past three years, and our experience, and come up with a show we want to go to. Tickets have basically gone (there are scraps so be quick), and we're all wibbly-wobbly at the knees to see first hordes trample through the doors. You'll get extra marks for spotting me at the show and I may even kiss you.

The smart money says we're nine months away from the reveal of brand-new Xbox hardware, that major advances in visual technology are being held back by the hardware limitations of six-year-old architecture. Gears of War 3 begs to differ. Developed in parallel with the hugely popular Unreal Engine 3 technology, the game looks absolutely remarkable: put it side-by-side with the last game, or even up against Epic's own Bulletstorm, and it's clear that the current gen is still capable of some genuine surprises.

Gears of War 3

Gears of War 3

The sum of all Gears.

So where do you go after "bigger, better and more badass"? The guiding principle for Gears of War 2 produced a masterclass in sequel design, taking a monstrously successful concept, ironing out the kinks and delivering one of the most thrillingly memorable blockbusters of this generation.

Back still further, as Halo had with the original Xbox, Gears of War's debut defined not just a platform, but also expectations for a new era of high-definition console gaming with a stunning demonstration of technical prowess.

In triple-A action, Cliff Bleszinksi and his team could not unreasonably argue that they were always one step ahead of their rivals in terms of raw spectacle with the first two Gears titles. But, of course, someone would always come along to match and then surpass that step.

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UK Gears of War 3 midnight launches

UK Gears of War 3 midnight launches

Game/Gamestation the official host.

Game and Gamestation will host the official UK midnight launch of Gears of War 3 at midnight on Monday, 19th September.

Game on Oxford Street will be midnight launch HQ. Special guest Carlos Ferro, the voice of game character Dom Santiago, will be in attendance.

Limited piles of memorabilia signed by the Gears 3 team - t-shirts, posters, other goodies - will be dished out on the night.

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Gears of War 3 season pass announced

Gears of War 3 season pass announced

Get 33% off first four DLC packs.

Gears of War 3 gets a DLC season pass offering customers a 33 per cent saving on the forthcoming shooter's first four add-ons, publisher Microsoft has announced.

Available from the game's 20th September launch priced at 2400 Points, the virtual voucher lets you download the first four packs on the day they release and also throws in access to the exclusive Liquid Metal Weapon Set.

The first DLC pack for the game lands in November, though there's no word yet on what form it will take.

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FeatureMicrosoft's Chris Lewis

Xbox 360, the competition, XBLA and the next-gen.

While Sony strutted its stuff at Gamescom through the power of a press conference, Microsoft walked a more modest path with a Play Day event, with hands-on opportunities of a raft of Xbox 360 exclusive games including Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Gears of War 3 and Forza 4.

Gears of War 3 stereoscopic 3D announced

Gears of War 3 stereoscopic 3D announced

Epic confirms full 3D stereo coming to Xbox.

Upcoming Xbox 360 exclusive Gears of War 3 includes the option to play in stereoscopic 3D, Epic Games has announced.

"We asked, could we do it?" executive producer Rod Fergusson told Eurogamer at a Gears of War 3 event in London.

"It felt like something we wanted to have. It was a feature we didn't want to be deficient in. When you look at Gears 1, it was what people used to demo HD at the time.

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Epic working on "new unannounced IP"

Recruitment call reveals new project.

Gears of War developer Epic is in development on a "new unannounced IP", according to a recent job listing.

As spotted by French site Xboxygen, a recruitment call on its website states, "Epic Games is looking for Gameplay Programmers to join the team currently working on Gears of War 3, as well as a new unannounced IP in development."

The studio currently has no announced projects past Gears of War 3, which is due to ship for Xbox 360 on 20th September.

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Bleszinski signals more Gears of War

"Dumb not to do another" if sales are high.

The chances of Gears of War continuing past trilogy-ending instalment number three are high, Epic Games design director Cliff Bleszinski has revealed.

Epic: "we will never be a publisher"

Will make games "for the foreseeable".

Epic Games, creator of the Gears of War series and the Unreal Engine, will never become a publisher, despite some believing it is the next natural step for the company.

Gears of War 3 Xbox bundle Game exclusive

The Xbox 360 320GB Gears of War 3 Limited Edition console announced at E3 is exclusive to Game and Gamestation in the UK.

Online pre-orders went live this morning on

Game told Eurogamer this morning you'll be able to walk into one of the UK retailer's shops and pre-order it from next week.

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Gears 3 will "definitely" sell 6 million

Bleszinski says movie in "development hell".

Gears of War 3 will sell "definitely over six million" copies when released in September. Cliff Bleszinski knows that. But can it go as high as ten million sales?

Cliff Bleszinski hits out at Kinect hate

"If you don't like it, don't play it."

Gears of War design director Cliff Bleszinski has hit out at the negative reaction to Microsoft's Kinect-focused E3 press conference and slagged off Sony's motion-sensing rival PlayStation Move.

Tech Analysis: Gears of War 3 Multiplayer Beta

With the current generation of HD consoles nowhere near their sell-by date, the recent release of the Gears of War 3 multiplayer beta is noteworthy for several reasons. Not only is this the first opportunity we have had to get hands-on with the game - an event in itself - but it also serves to give us a preview of the kind of technological enhancements we will find as standard in future games using Epic's highly popular Unreal Engine 3 technology.

But let's kick off by saying that this is far from the definitive word on what must surely be the most important Xbox 360 exclusive of the year. Not only does the studio still have months of development time left, but the sample code only covers a significantly cut-down portion of the multiplayer offering. In the single-player campaign, we can expect to see the UE3 rendering tech being tested in significantly more strenuous circumstances, with larger levels, more enemies and of course mammoth bosses to factor into the equation.

That's not to say that this beta isn't content-rich though - with four maps, three gameplay modes and a large array of unlockables, the Gears 3 beta offers many hours of action before all its secrets are revealed, and across the course of this feature you'll find bespoke performance analysis videos for each of the game's quartet of stages, but to cut a long story short, frame-rate is just one a series of improvements that characterises the enhancements made to the core Unreal Engine 3 technology.

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Invite friends into Gears of War 3 beta

Invite friends into Gears of War 3 beta

"Buddy tokens" being handed out this week.

Been enjoying the Gears of War 3 beta? Got jealous chums who want in? Well, Microsoft has just announced a scheme that will let beta key holders invite friends to share the fun.

Everyone who has played at least one game in the beta will receive a "buddy token" which will grant an Xbox Live friend access to the trial run.

US users will then be offered further opportunities to rope in friends. Performing any one of the following actions will net you a further token:

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GAME runs out of Gears 3 beta codes

GAME runs out of Gears 3 beta codes

More due from Microsoft next week.

Many customers who were expecting to receive Gears of War 3 beta keys this week thanks to their GAME pre-order have been left disappointed, with the UK retailer running out of access codes.

A number of customers have received an email from GAME explaining that Microsoft had been unable to send them enough keys to distribute.

"We are currently awaiting the next shipment of codes which is due to arrive early next week. As soon as they arrive we will dispatch them to you. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused," it read.

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FeatureGears of War 3: defining HD gaming

Rod Fergusson bares his soul.

Today the Gears of War 3 multiplayer beta kicks off for those who bought the Epic Edition of Bulletstorm. Epic reckons a million gamers will take part, enjoy the carnage and unlock special items for use in the full game.

Gears of War 3: Multiplayer Beta

It's impossible to play Gears of War 3's multiplayer beta without hearing an internal narration from Cliff Bleszinski. Roadie-running from our spawn, shotgun cocked, the first thing we see is a chicken. "That's no chicken, that's a mother****ing Gears chicken!"

You shoot; the bird explodes with a comical blast. Blood and feathers coat the screen. "Ka-boooom, right!?!"

Right. Gears 3 is a triple-quarter pounder: all the cover-dancing gib fireworks you know and love, smothered in an overhauled progression system with more weapons, characters, unlockables and screen-filling stattage. Gears of War 2 had its own progression system but this is in a different league. After every game ribbons and medals cascade onto the screen, thousands of points pour into the experience bank and progression towards other goals is soberly noted.

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Gears of War 3 beta unlocks fuel 

Gears of War 3 beta unlocks fuel "egos"

How Epic will get meaningful feedback.

Epic has described the exclusive items unlocked by playing the Gears of War 3 multiplayer beta as "carrots" designed to entice gamers to play it long enough for the development team to gain proper feedback.

Players will receive unlockables including a Beta Tester Medal, Thrasball Cole playable character and a Gold-Plater Retro Lancer by playing many matches in the beta.

The medal is awarded for completing one match in the beta. You get Thrasball Cole character variant for playing 50 matches, but to unlock him for use in the main game you need to play 10 matches as him during the beta. And the exclusive Gold-Plated Retro Lancer skin, which Epic says allows gamers to show their "ultimate Gears of War fandom", is unlocked after completion of 90 matches in the beta. To unlock it in the full game, you need to score 100 kills with it.

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Will Samaritan tech demo spawn a game?

It's possible, but not "currently" happening.

It is possible that Epic's impressive Samaritan Unreal Engine 3 tech demo, showcased at the Game Developers Conference last week and designed to offer a glimpse at what next-generation visuals may look like, will spawn an actual game.

Gears of War 3 public beta date

Gears of War 3 public beta date

Bulletstorm isn't the only way in.

Buying Bulletstorm isn't the only door to the Gears of War 3 multiplayer beta - a public test runs from 25th April to 15th May.

The press release mentions pre-ordering Gears of War 3 at GAME to gain access. We're checking out whether this is an exclusive offer.

Bulletstorm: Epic Edition owners can start early and play from 18th to 24th April.

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Gears of War 3 beta maps revealed

Gears of War 3 beta maps revealed

Facebook vote to determine map fate.

At a hands-on event in San Francisco yesterday Epic Games revealed and detailed the maps you'll be playing in the Gears of War 3 beta, set to launch this spring.

Checkout is, according to Eurogamer's man in San Fran Christian Donlan, is "cruel, claustrophobic, and daringly small: a tight collection of aisles and corridors surrounded by ruptured shelving and tills, and lit by shafts of light pouring in from the glass ceiling."

Thrashball is "a bit bigger, and not quite as open-plan as the whole sports stadium gig suggests". "Rising up out of battered team locker rooms, you'll find yourself on a pitch criss-crossed with plenty of low cover, while a lopsided Jumbotron hangs overhead."

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Gears of War 3 Beta

Gears of War 3 Beta

Fenix nights.

How do you follow a game like Gears 2? What do you need to dream up in order to compete with a weighty thrill-ride that pitched its players headfirst into frantic Brumack warfare, before sending them wriggling through the shifting guts of a giant city-sinking worm?

Gears 3's answer is - in part, at least - supermarkets. Supermarkets and a sports stadium. Strange times.

Both locations have been plucked from the still rather mysterious central campaign and spun into multiplayer arenas, forming Checkout (wonderfully, I am not making that name up) and Thrashball respectively.

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Final Gears of War 3 release date

Final Gears of War 3 release date

Marcus in the diary.

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.

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Gears 3 beta via Bulletstorm requires disc

Gears 3 beta via Bulletstorm requires disc

Until a more Locust alternative arrives.

Gaining a headstart entry to the Gears of War 3 beta via the Epic Edition of Bulletstorm requires more than the supplied code - you'll need your Bulletstorm game disc, too.

"You need the disc," tweeted Gears of War executive director Rod Fergusson. "The Epic Edition code only adds a button on the Bulletstorm main menu."

Those of you with the disc and code get to play the Gears of War 3 multiplayer beta early. It also sounds as though there will be some exclusive content for the early-birds as well.

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Gears of War 3 pads, headsets announced

Gears of War 3 pads, headsets announced

Mad Catz offering official peripheral range.

A range of officially branded Gear of War 3 peripherals is in the works, including controllers and headsets.

According to VG247, peripheral specialists MadCatz has teamed up with developer Epic Games to produce and market accessories for the upcoming sequel, just as it did with both prior Gears of War titles.

"We are delighted to extend our relationship with Epic Games and look forward to creating a distinctive range of accessories for the next release of one of the most successful franchises in the industry's history," explained Mad Catz CEO Darren Richardson.

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What is Gears of War: Exile?

Could trademark be rumoured Kinect title?

It looks like Gears of War 3 isn't the only dose of Epic's Xbox 360 franchise currently in the pipeline. A trademark for something called Gears of War: Exile has just popped up too.

Not many downloaded free Gears 2 DLC

Less than 30 per cent redeemed code.

Epic Games' Jim Brown has revealed that not many people bothered to access the free downloadable content given away with Gears of War 2 at release.

FeatureEurogamer Expo 2010 Top 10

Including your game of the show.

Every year at the Eurogamer Expo we invite you to tell us what you thought of the games you played, and without fail every year (so far anyway) you exhibit amazing taste in huge numbers. This year's Expo line-up was our strongest and most diverse yet, so we were excited to see what would follow in the footsteps of last year's winner, God of War III, or 2008's Mirror's Edge...

MS helping with Gears 3 "server farm"

No host advantage here, says Bleszinksi.

Gears of War 3 will have dedicated online servers - something Halo and Call of Duty have been without for years on console. How? Epic Games' Cliff Bleszinski said Microsoft was "helping us out".

Gears of War 3 beta announced

Gears of War 3 beta announced

Dedicated servers confirmed.

Gears of War 3 fans will get to try out the recently-delayed third-person shooter for free months before it's released with a multiplayer beta, Epic Games has announced.

It's due to run some time in early 2011, Shacknews reports.

Epic also revealed that Gears of War 3 will use dedicated servers for its ranked and social matchmaking games, which should delight fans of the series and eliminate host advantage complaints.

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Gears of War 3 delayed

Epic: "This is not a quality issue."

UPDATE: Epic Games has just sent over this statement from executive producer Rod Fergusson on the delay:

Eurogamer is delighted to announce that legendary British game developer Peter Molyneux will be kicking off the Eurogamer Expo developer sessions this year with a talk on Fable III, giving behind the scenes detail and revealing his inspiration for the series.

Mark Rein: "Triple-A isn't going away"

Epic to trial micro-transactions/low prices.

Epic Games' vice president Mark Rein has told an audience at GameHorizon in Gateshead that blockbuster games will not be consigned to history by the rise of formats like iPhone, but will thrive on them instead.

Gears of War 3

Into the belly of the Beast.

First things first: this isn't a hands-on with or any kind of preview of the Gears of War 3 campaign. The gameplay footage from the Microsoft conference is as much as you, me or anyone else is getting. Might as well watch it one more time, eh?

Cliffy: Gears hype "backfired in my face"

Measured sequel is "love letter" to fans.

Cliff Bleszinski has revealed his regret in hyping Gears of War 2 with the infamous words "bigger, better and more badass" - arguing that the phrase "ultimately backfired in my face".

Microsoft E3 Conference

Full news breakdown inside. New Xbox 360! Forza Kinect! Reach! Kinect date! Fable III date! Loads more.

We're on our way to the conference... Not long now!

Gears 3 has flying-kicks from cover

Plus a score-based Arcade mode.

In Gears of War 3 you'll be able to perform flying-kick take-downs directly from cover, and there'll be a new Arcade mode with a HUD that tracks score, multipliers and your teammate's location.

Gears 3 has burrowing-grenade launcher

Gears 3 has burrowing-grenade launcher

Plus more fatalities, dynamic environments.

Details on Gears of War 3's weapons, dynamic environments and additional combat systems have tumbled out in a new translation of the Russian preview that Cliff Bleszinski was grumpy about the other day.

Thanks to a Russian friend of Digital Foundry editor Rich Leadbetter, we know a number of additional details. For example, Gears 3 features a new grenade launcher with grenades that burrow underground and emerge on the other side of cover to strike enemies even when they're protected.

There's also a double-barrel shotgun that fires both shells simultaneously, and a single-shot rifle that does increasing damage when you achieve consecutive hits on the same target.

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Bleszinski shows and details Gears 3

Bleszinski shows and details Gears 3

MS confirms Euro date, first vid inside.

Update: Microsoft has just issued a press release confirming the 8th April 2011 release date for Europe.

Original story: Epic Games lead designer Cliff Bleszinski made his delayed appearance on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tonight to reveal what Bleszinski called "the worst-kept secret in the video game industry, that we're working on Gears of War 3."

The highlight of the appearance, of course, was what Fallon referred to as "the world-premiere trailer for a game that's going to blow your pants off".

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CliffyB doing two announcements tonight

CliffyB doing two announcements tonight

Gears 3 and Bulletstorm expected.

"BOOM!" Epic Games designer Cliff Bleszinkski has tweeted, with typical exuberance, that he'll make not one but two game announcements on his delayed TV appearance tonight.

"NEWSFLASH: Two announcements about two upcoming games on Monday. BOOM!" said the artist formerly known as CliffyB.

The extra announcement is presumably to make up for the fact that Xbox Live accidentally spilled the beans on an April 2011 launch for Gears of War 3 last week.

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