Gears of War 3 has been delayed until Fall 2011. Why beat around the bush? The news sucks, especially considering how good Gears 3 has been looking over our last few visits. What was once to be a roaring April has now gone out like a lamb; wasn't that supposed to happen to March?
According to an official statement released by a Microsoft spokesperson about the fate of Gears 3, it's merely a business decision:
“Gears of War 3 promises to be the biggest entertainment launch of 2011. 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.”
So, what does this mean for next year? And what does Epic have to say about this?
Well, we heard from Rod Fergusson, Executive Producer on Gears of War 3, who helped put to rest any conspiracy theories:
"I know fans are going to be disappointed with the new release date, but rest assured that this is a business decision between partners, and not a quality issue. Gears 3 was on track to be the most polished Gears of War game ever when it released in April, and this additional time allows us to polish it that much more before it hits shelves next fall. Next week we have a major multiplayer press visit at Epic HQ, and I'm really looking forward to the fans getting to see and hear about Gears 3 Versus multiplayer for the first time. Lots more exciting news to come."
Bummer! We've barely started the 2010 holiday season, and already our eyes are on the end of 2011. If GOW3 is the marquee title for the holiday season, does that mean the yearly Halo ride seemingly comes to a close? What other Microsoft titles will they have to entice Xbox fans?
With big games like Rage and the next Call of Duty dated for the end of next year already, it's already looking pretty epic. Now, with the addition of Gears of War 3, it's just getting ugly! Even worse, we're a year away from finding out what happens to Carmine?! Oh the humanity!