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.

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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.

Introducing Clayton Carmine: the New Rookie in Delta Squad

Gears of War fans were treated to a new unveiling this week at Comic Con, when they were introduced to the third member of the Carmine family.  For those unfamiliar with the character and/or game, Carmine is basically the video game equivalent of South Park’s Kenny McCormick.  Continuing the legacy of Carmines in the Gears of War franchise, Clayton Carmine will play the role of “the new guy” through the first act of Gears 3 when it launches in April 2011, before he is undoubtedly torn to shreds by some behemoth monster.

But wait, there’s a twist!

With a little cash and a big heart you might be able to save Gears of War 3’s rookie from certain, gruesome death.

Starting July 29, players can purchase avatar gear on Xbox Live marketplace to determine the fate of rookie Clayton Carmine. All proceeds go to the Child’s Play Charity. If you want Carmine to die just purchase a “Carmine Must Die” shirt for your avatar. If you want him to live buy the “Save Carmine” shirt.

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Touche, Epic, but we all know that Carmine must die.  It is his purpose.  The character exists to let the player that there’s hardcore shit up ahead when the seasoned veterans don’t bat an eye, and to introduce bosses or epic gunfights with comic relief by being the first one to meet his gruesome doom.  It’s a plot device, and it’s perfect the way it is.  The last thing we need is another guy hanging around just to throw one-liners out there.

Although, I gotta say the guy does look significantly more badassed than his cracky-voiced, shaky-handed brothers, so maybe he does have a chance at making it through the game after all.  I mean, look at him going all Mortal Kombat on that Grub.  Dude may be a frosh but he’s ripping throats at a graduate level.  Head over to Kotaku for more pics of Carmine in action.  Gearsofwar.xbox.com also has a video of Cliffy B’s demo at E3, which shows off some of the new features coming to the Unreal Engine in GoW3.

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