Those of you who purchased Bulletstorm’s “Epic Edition” should start getting those Lancers revved up.

That’s right folks, its Gears of War 3 Beta Time.

On April 18th, owners of Bulletstorm’s Epic Edition will get access to the Gears of War 3 multiplayer beta, thus getting a head start on everyone else by learning the ins and outs of the maps and weapons, a four week head-start makes a lot of difference.

“Ah but, I didn’t buy Bulletstorm… what about me?” Don’t fret fellow gamer, if you pre-ordered any edition of Gears 3 at Gamestop you can get into the beta a week later on April 25th.

Not only will you lucky few get to play Gears of War 3 early, but you’ll also be able to unlock certain items that will only be available to beta participants, and here they are:

  • Beta Tester Medal – Complete one match in the beta to unlock the Beta Tester medal, which will carry over to your gamer profile in the final game. The Beta Tester title will be featured in the “Gears 3” multiplayer lobby as well.
  • Thrashball Cole – Complete 50 matches in any game type to unlock the Thrashball Cole character variant in the beta. Once unlocked, complete 10 matches as Thrashball Cole during the beta and the character will carry over to your gamer profile in the final game.
  • Gold-Plated Retro Lancer – Show your ultimate “Gears of War” fandom by unlocking the Gold-Plated Retro Lancer. Complete 90 matches in any game type to unlock it for the beta, and score 100 kills with it once unlocked to carry the exclusive weapon skin over to your gamer profile in the final game.
  • Flaming Hammerburst – Complete one match by Sunday, April 24 and unlock this weapon variant.
  • Flaming Lancer – Complete one match during the week of April 25 and unlock this weapon variant.
  • Flaming Sawed-Off Shotgun – Complete one match during the week of May 2 to unlock this weapon variant.
  • Flaming Gnasher Shotgun – Complete one match during the week of May 9 to unlock this weapon variant.

The Gears of War 3 beta will run from the 18th of April to the 15th of May, that’s just under a month for you lucky Gears fans. Good luck.

For the rest of you, Gears of War 3 comes to Xbox 360 on September 20th.

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