That super secret Microsoft announcement today? It’s – as if you couldn’t guess – about Gears of War 3, which now has a lovely shiny release date: 20th September, 2011.
The press release calls the game a “glorious conclusion”, and the story takes place eighteen months after the end of Gears of War 2, with the lads (Marcus, Baird and Dom) battling their way through the Locust to save the remaining human survivors.
There’s a co-op campaign mode (four player, nice), five-on-five multiplayer and new modes, including “Beast Mode” where you take control of the Locusts.
Look out for new maps, too, including one called Trenches which sports an “impressive” sand storm, and four others dubbed Overpass, Mercy, Checkout and Thrashball. There’s also new weapons: the Bayonet Charge, the Retro Lancer, another shotgun and a heavy sniper rifle, amonst others.
The multiplayer beta starts soon.