Gears of War 3 - Catch All

Lookin' awesome! Thanks for the link trueheart.

Gears of War 3 Multiplayer Interview (video, ~7min runtime) - Cliff Bleszinski and Rod Fergusson talk new modes, maps, weapons, characters and about the beta in this interview about Gears 3 multiplayer.

Notes:
Some awesome new weapons and executions, changes to the multiplayer modes and the addition of Team Deathmatch, solid female characters (one voiced by Claudia Black), Cole Train in his Thrashball uniform & newbie assistance for the first 10 kills.

They're excited about the delay and providing a multiplayer beta and dedicated servers.

Note also that at about 12 seconds in Marcus is using a pink lancer.

Those new executions are pretty ridiculous - Scorcher to the gut with flames coming out your victim's mouth and eye sockets? Yes, please!

InigoMintoya wrote:

I'm gonna be the most-bestest, kick-ass-ist mother f*cker in this game.

When you're not getting torqued.

GameSpot interview about the Gears of War 3 beta.

http://www.gamespot.com/news/6285591...

Gamespot interview wrote:

GameSpot: Now this is something that's never been done before--a beta between publishers. I mean there was the Halo 3 beta in Crackdown and the Halo: Reach beta with Halo: ODST, but those were all released by Microsoft Game Studios. How did this come about?

Mike Capps: Well that was part of the genesis of the idea. Crackdown worked really well to expose Halo folks to a new IP that was a lot of fun. We don't ship two games like this very often, and they're so close to each other it was kind of an obvious opportunity to do something cool for Epic fans. We started talking with EA and Microsoft, and obviously those guys have been working together forever doing lots of great game promotions. So it was kind of cool how everyone put aside the "my game, your game" stuff and let us get Epic fans excited about both titles.

Lots of brainstorming later, we were in a good spot. We're gonna test that the game works internationally, with dedicated servers all over the world. A game launch is a really good way to do that, since Bulletstorm will be selling everywhere, so the timing's perfect.

GS: Have you set a start date for the beta yet?

MC: We've been saying spring. My guess is it will be sometime around April or so. It's going to be early enough so it really impacts Gears [of War 3's] development, but we want to make sure everyone has the chance to play Bulletstorm before they jump right into the beta.

Gears of War 3's multiplayer will be tested by the public at length.

GS: You mentioned April--that was the original launch window for Gears of War 3 itself. Why did it get pushed back so far?

MC: Well the thing I liked about April is that's when Gears fans expected to play Gears 3. This way, they can still do that. Microsoft approached us about moving the game back to September. Now normally you hear stories about evil publishers trying to convince the developer to ship it early. Whenever we'd have date conversations, we'd say, "Oh the game has got to be good, it's got to be done when we ship it!" That part of the industry, for us, is now completely gone. Now we say, "If we can do this in September, October, November, we can do something amazing like Halo: Reach." That had huge promotion that got a lot of people behind it and got huge attention at retail. So a couple extra months was fine by us--it'll just make the game better. They thought it would be better for them, so we played along.

GS: This is the first public beta for a Gears of War game. What prompted it?

MC: We've kind of actually always done betas. Unreal Tournament had betas to test it out before the main launch, and we actually did one for unreal championship 2 for the Xbox. But it's actually a lot of work to do a beta on consoles, because you still have to go through all of the certification process, so it adds a lot of time to the schedule. To take what you have, chop off a bunch of it, and cert it--it adds a month or more to your schedule. Generally, we've not seen that as a good trade-off. But at this point, with those extra couple months it gave us the ability to do it.

Also, I think everybody knows we had some multiplayer stability issues with Gears 2 multiplayer out of the box. While we fixed those later, the opportunity to be really, really sure that our new dedicated server infrastructure is going to be operational on day one with Gears 3 was totally worth the time to make the beta.

GS: Now the Epic Edition of Bulletstorm is limited to the Xbox 360 edition of the game. Are you planning extra bonuses or special editions for the PlayStation 3 and PC versions of the game?

MC: We'll be announcing something early next year.

GS: How limited will the Epic edition be, quantity-wise?

MC: This really is a limited edition. Like Gears of War 2's limited edition, it will be gone in the first week or so. The surest way to get time in the beta is to pre-order it. We won't have pallets of these sitting around months later. We want it to be limited as a sort of present to our hardcore fans.

GS: If you preordered the game, do you automatically get the Epic Edition?

MC: Since it's the same price, it's our intention is to fulfill all preorders which have already gone in with Epic Editions. We should double-check and make sure. We just put this plan together a week ago, so we have to check with the retail guys and make sure.

Gumbie wrote:
InigoMintoya wrote:

I'm gonna be the most-bestest, kick-ass-ist mother f*cker in this game.

When you're not getting torqued.

By Gumbie of course

So, anyone kind of peeved that Epic is pimping Bulletstorm with Gears 3?

AnimeJ wrote:

So, anyone kind of peeved that Epic is pimping Bulletstorm with Gears 3?

Can't say it doesn't surprise me, but really, I couldn't care less about the beta. With no AnimeJ to chainsaw, I'll wait until release.

Lothar wrote:
Gumbie wrote:
InigoMintoya wrote:

I'm gonna be the most-bestest, kick-ass-ist mother f*cker in this game.

When you're not getting torqued.

By Gumbie of course :)

No way LOL I will own.

InigoMintoya wrote:
Lothar wrote:
Gumbie wrote:
InigoMintoya wrote:

I'm gonna be the most-bestest, kick-ass-ist mother f*cker in this game.

When you're not getting torqued.

By Gumbie of course :)

No way LOL I will own.

I miss Gears on Friday nights.

You guys need to preorder Bulletstorm so you can get in on the beta with me.

Blind_Evil wrote:
AnimeJ wrote:

So, anyone kind of peeved that Epic is pimping Bulletstorm with Gears 3?

I would be if Bulletstorm didn't look awesome and come from a developer who I have a degree of trust in.

+1

AnimeJ wrote:

So, anyone kind of peeved that Epic is pimping Bulletstorm with Gears 3?

I would be if Bulletstorm didn't look awesome and come from a developer who I have a degree of trust in.

Also, when I preordered it was $49.99 with free shipping from Newegg. That helped.

Gumbie wrote:
Blind_Evil wrote:
AnimeJ wrote:

So, anyone kind of peeved that Epic is pimping Bulletstorm with Gears 3?

I would be if Bulletstorm didn't look awesome and come from a developer who I have a degree of trust in.

+1

Fair enough. I don't really have a horse in that race, given that Gears 3 will be out by the time I get home to play it, so no beta for me anyway. If I was there though, having seen some footage of Bulletstorm, I'm honestly less irked about the whole matter now

I didn't realize your post was almost a month old.

Still, I think there's a lesson here. Games are a constantly growing (but very young) market and companies are going to be experimenting for a long time about what they can and can't get away with in terms of cross-promotion and limited exclusivity. The Halo 3 beta did huge things for Crackdown at retail, Epic has no good reason not to try the same thing with Bulletstorm (aside from maybe cannibalizing sales of the PS3 version).

Most of this stuff has been tried in the older product markets, and anyone in retail management like myself would probably assure you that this is the tip of the iceberg.

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OMG I have an extra beta key. Anyone want it?

MannishBoy wrote:

Gears of War 3 console.

Ooh! Nice! Must try have the money by September, I can see myself reentering the console space with that.

*edit*

I wonder what the custom sounds for the power and eject buttons would be. Maybe it says "LOOKIT ALL DAT JUICE!!!" when you turn it on.

MrDeVil909 wrote:

I wonder what the custom sounds for the power and eject buttons would be. Maybe it says "LOOKIT ALL DAT JUICE!!!" when you turn it on.

AHHH C'MON - Powering down.

Sounds pretty awesome.

A couple videos of the new horde mode. They are really stepping it up and it looks like something that I may play for a long, long time.

EvilDead wrote:

A couple videos of the new horde mode. They are really stepping it up and it looks like something that I may play for a long, long time.

I find it funny that on the G4 video, there was some kind of Justin Bieber perfume preroll ad in front of Gears.

Hah, I didn't notice that b/c I flipped over to another tab while my slow work connection buffered and started playing the videos.

EvilDead wrote:

Hah, I didn't notice that b/c I flipped over to another tab while my slow work connection buffered and started playing the videos.

It was probably totally random ad delivery, but it made me laugh. I almost didn't make the connection in my mind as my general youtube process is to mute the preroll ad if it doesn't have the skip option, then look at something else while it runs.

Once I realized their was some Bieber in front of my Gears, I had to laugh at the combo.

Tagging my interest in Gears 3 once it hits in September and I've got a Gears 3 console and a limited edition of the game with my name on it! Maybe I'll break down and buy the other two Gears games, since I've finished 2, but not 1 on my newish gamertag.

This could be great. I have wanted a good defense/siege game for years. I hope this will scratch that itch a bit.

MrDeVil909 wrote:
MannishBoy wrote:

Gears of War 3 console.

Ooh! Nice! Must try have the money by September, I can see myself reentering the console space with that.

*edit*

I wonder what the custom sounds for the power and eject buttons would be. Maybe it says "LOOKIT ALL DAT JUICE!!!" when you turn it on.

Since it's Gears 3, I am going all out buying the console since I am thinking mine won't last a whole lot longer and also picking up the elite edition. I can't wait for it, looks awesome.

Blind_Evil wrote:
MrDeVil909 wrote:

I wonder what the custom sounds for the power and eject buttons would be. Maybe it says "LOOKIT ALL DAT JUICE!!!" when you turn it on.

AHHH C'MON - Powering down.

Video on the FB page demoing the power up/down sounds

meh