Gears of War 3 Delayed until Fall 2011

Originally slated for an April release, Microsoft announced last Friday that it planned to push Gears of War 3 to Fall of 2011.  Well, that just sucks.  Although I’m not trying to wait 10 years for a game like this, one does have to keep in mind that the “It’ll be ready when it’s ready” philosophy of say, Blizzard, certainly results in quality products.  Lead Gears Designer Cliffy B reminded us all via Twitter what happens if you take the bun out of the oven before it’s fully cooked.

That’s good advice, and Peter Moore of EA Sports definitely smells what you’re cooking.  Hopefully they just need 5 extra months to figure out an absurdly elaborate death for Clayton Carmine.

Except Microsoft basically said the delay has nothing to do with the game’s development, and everything to do with their sales strategy.

“Gears of War 3 promises to be the biggest entertainment launch of 2011,” the Microsoft statement reads. “The teams at Microsoft Game Studios and Epic Games have done great work thus far readying the title for release in the Spring of 2011. However, we’ve elected to move the launch of Gears of War 3 until Fall 2011 to make it the marquee title for the holiday season.”

If it is indeed purely about marketing, there are a couple of things that could be at play here. Epic’s other big game, Bulletstorm, is set to knock us off our feet on Feb. 22, 2011. Maybe they wanted to give that a bit more breathing room.


Definitely possible, especially when you consider what was in the next tweet after Cliff broke the news and promised a “silver lining”: Bulletstorm’s box art.

Follow Cliff Bleszinski, Design Director at Epic Games, on Twitter @therealcliffyb.


Gears of War Voters are Doing it SOOOO WRONG!!!1

Boy, oh boy, are my gamers letting me down right now.  According to Epic’s recent update, the Save Carmine camp is currently overpowering the voice of reason that understands how vital his gruesome death is to the flow of the narrative.

After a fantastic debut at Comic-Con 2010 and tons of real shirts and Xbox LIVE avatar tees selling by the truckload, Save Carmine has the lead! That’s right—if things continue as they are, a Carmine will actually survive a Gears of War title. We can already hear the snarling. For many of you, this is simply unacceptable.

You know what? It’s more than unacceptable, and I’m more than mad.  I’m disappointed. If I had more than a mouse in my pocket I’d pick up my own Carmine Must Die tee right now [Amazon]!  If you’re more of a closet-gamer, 1. shame on you and 2. you can purchase a tee for your Xbox Live avatar to register your vote.  Voting closes on September 2, so hurry the fuck up.  Oh, and your $19.99 goes to Child’s Play, a charity that brings toys and games to children in hospitals across the freakin globe.  Good enough reason to sacrifice one silly faceless Gear, IMO.