While checking out the official Xbox forums over at xbox.com, I happened to stray over to the Gears of War 3 forum where I found an informational post worth sharing. This post runs down everything you need to know about the GOW3 beta coming out on April 18th for Bulletstorm: Epic Edition owners, and April 25th for GOW3 pre-orderees. Obviously this post was copy and pasted from EPIC's site, but it worth noting that I first found this on the Xbox Forums. Click to read on to learn everything you need to know about the GOW3 beta, and also comment and tell us what you are most excited for in the beta. Finally, be sure to check out the last little bit of the *article to see how you can get into the beta without either having Bulletstorm or pre-ordering.

Gears of War 3 Beta Details

Get into the Beta by preordering Gears of War 3 through select retailers. The Beta begins April 25 and ends May 15.

For those of you who purchased the Bulletstorm Epic Edition (on Xbox 360 only), you get early access to the Beta, beginning April 18.

Three new multiplayer modes and four exclusive maps will be rolled out during the Beta period -- all running on dedicated servers. This is your chance to help shape the most anticipated game of 2011.

In the Beta you can play Team Deathmatch mode on the four new maps (Thrashball, Checkout, Trenches, and Old Town); Capture the Leader and King of the Hill gameplay modes will be added later in the Beta period. Also, be sure to look out for a surprise event weekend that you won't want to miss.

Not only will you get an early taste of the final chapter in this blockbuster trilogy, but you'll also have access to exclusive content that you can permanently unlock and carry over to your Gears of War 3 gamer profile when the retail game launches on September 20.

Exclusive Beta Unlockables
Flaming Hammerburst Complete one match by Sunday, April 24 to permanently unlock.
Flaming Lancer Complete one match during the week of April 25 to permanently unlock.
Flaming Sawed-Off Shotgun Complete one match during the week of May 2 to permanently unlock.
Flaming Gnasher Shotgun Complete one match during the week of May 9 to permanently unlock.
Beta Tester Medal -- Wear it proudly, Gear. Complete one match in the Beta to permanently unlock.
Thrashball Cole -- Unlock Thrashball Cole to play as Augustus Cole as he was before Emergence Day -- a legendary Thrashball athlete known for his ferocious, flamboyant style. Complete 50 matches in any game type to unlock for the Beta period. To permanently unlock, complete 10 matches as Thrashball Cole during the Beta period.
Gold-Plated Retro Lancer -- Before the chainsaw bayonet was deployed at the beginning of the Locust-Human War, the original Lancer assault rifle had a large fixed blade. Complete 90 matches in any game type to unlock for the Beta period. To permanently unlock, score 100 kills with the Gold-Plated Retro Lancer during the Beta period.

General Information

Q: Is this a free-for-all public Beta? What are the different ways to gain entry?
A: The Beta is exclusive to fans that have pre-ordered any of the three versions of Gears of War 3 from participating retailers - gearsofwar.xbox.com/Templates/... ... px?id=2004 - or purchased the Epic Edition of Bulletstorm. If a participating retailer isnít in your area, purchasing the Epic Edition of Bulletstorm is the best way to gain access to the Beta.

Q: Will I need an Xbox LIVE Gold account to participate in the Gears of War 3 Beta?
A: Yes. Both an Xbox LIVE gold Gold account and an Internet connection are required in order to participate.

Q: Does Beta XP carry over to the full version of Gears of War 3?
A: Beta XP does not carry over but the Beta medal and title, as well as Flaming weapons, Thrashball Cole, and the Gold-Plated Retro lancer do carry over if you unlock them during the Beta period. Click here - gearsofwar.xbox.com/Templates/... ... px?id=2004 - for information on each of the Beta unlockables.

Q: What time will Beta access go live on the 18th and 25th?
A: Weíre currently targeting 9:00 a.m. Eastern time on April 18th for Bulletstorm Epic Edition users and 9:00 a.m. Eastern on April 25th for Gears of War per-order users. Times are subject to change, so be sure to Like Gears of War 3 on Facebook - facebook.com/gearsofwar... - and follow us on Twitter for updated information - twitter.com/gearsofwar3....

Q: Will the Gears of War 3 Beta support split screen play?
A: The Beta will not support split screen, but the final Gears of War 3 game releasing September 20th, 2011 will support two player horizontal split screen.

Bulletstorm Epic Edition Access

Q: If I got into the Beta by purchasing Bulletstorm Epic Edition, will I get to play in full Beta or just one week?
A: Bulletstorm players get a one week head start beginning April 18th and can play through the remaining three weeks as well for a total of four weeks of Beta play.

Q: If Iím accessing the Beta via Bulletstorm Epic Edition, will I need my Bulletstorm disc to participate?
A: Yes, you will need your Bulletstorm disc the full four weeks in order to have sustained Beta access.

Gears of War 3 Pre-order Access

Q: What are the details of the three different versions of Gears of War 3 now available for pre-order?
A: We havenít announced details of each edition just yet. Like Gears of War 3 on Facebook or follow on Twitter for the latest information available.

Q: I pre-ordered Gears of War 3 before I realized there would be multiple editions. Can I upgrade my pre-order?
A: Absolutely! Be sure to contact the retailer with which you placed a pre-order in order to upgrade.

Q: If I already pre-ordered Gears of War 3 from Gamestop before the Beta announcement, am I still eligible for the Beta?
A: Yes, Gamestop will hand out codes to all fans who have pre-ordered the game.

Q: Where can I find a list of retailers who offer access to the Gears of War 3 Beta via pre-order?
A: Click here - gearsofwar.xbox.com/Templates/... ... px?id=2004 - to see the full list of retailers, as well as exclusive Beta unlockables.

*Xbox Resource will be having another giveaway involving the beta. We will be giving out at least one beta key. More information will be given on how to get entered in when time draws nearer to the beta start. Expect the giveaway to start in 2 weeks or so!

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I should be getting a Beta Code soon that I can submit so hopefully we shall have two to give away.
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If you want Dan, just email me - SteinlageT@gmail.com - the code you receive and I will put on the competition. All up to you!
9 years ago
Whoa thats alot of excusives :O