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“Gears of War 3” multiplayer beta kicks off today

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It has been over two years when Gears of War 2 was launched. Well, the wait is over. If you have preordered your Gears of War 3, you can get into the multiplayer beta that launches today. Full news release inside.

Singapore, 25 April 2011 – The multiplayer beta for this year’s most anticipated blockbuster, “Gears of War 3,” officially launches today on Xbox LIVE. Die-hard fans who have preordered “Gears of War 3” from Funzcentre, Cyberactive, Challenger and Comics Connection, can now jump into the action and help perfect the multiplayer experience in the epic finale to one of gaming’s most celebrated sagas.

Over the next three weeks, players will have the opportunity to get an early taste of three brand new competitive modes on four breathtaking maps:

Beta Content Schedule

· April 25 – May 1

– The beta kicks off with the new Team Deathmatch and King of the Hill modes on three explosive battlegrounds: Thrashball, Checkout and Trenches.
· May 2 – May 8

– The action amps up with the addition of Capture the Leader and a fan-picked map from the Facebook voting contest, Old Town.
· May 9 – May 15

– The mayhem continues with Team Deathmatch, King of the Hill and Capture the Leader on all four maps.

Additionally, fans can look forward to special events and surprises throughout the beta, and unlock exclusive medals, weapon skins and character variants, which they can carry over to their retail copy of "Gears of War 3" when it launches on 20 Sep. For example, players can complete 50 matches in any game type to unlock Thrashball Cole during the beta. Completing 10 matches as the Thrashball athlete during the beta period will permanently unlock the character variant for the retail version of "Gears of War 3". For additional details on the unlockables and the beta, please refer to the official Epic Games FAQ.

Powered by dedicated servers, “Gears of War 3” offers the series’ most feature-packed versus multiplayer experience yet, and raises the bar with new game types, weapons, visceral executions, playable characters, squad communication tools, a deep player rewards system, and more. New players will enjoy the finely balanced gameplay and streamlined game types, which make “Gears of War 3” deeper and more accessible than ever before, allowing anyone to instantly jump into the action.

Developed by acclaimed studio Epic Games, “Gears of War 3” is available for preorder today in three distinct editions – Standard (US$59.99), Limited (S$84.90) and Epic (US$149.99). For additional details on the game and the beta, please visit gearsofwar.xbox.com.

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