Gears III Delayed to Fall 2011

Gears III Delayed to Fall 2011

image

Gears of War fans will have to wait a little while longer to see how it all ends, and by "a little while" I mean "at least five months."

Gears of War 3 was originally announced with a release date of April 2011 - almost a year to the day after its official reveal. According to Microsoft, though, Epic's megaton shooter is being delayed to an unspecified date in Fall 2011.

In case you're worried that this somehow bodes poorly for the game's development one way or another, fear not: According to Microsoft, this had absolutely nothing to do with how Gears 3 is shaping up, and everything to do with a gaping lack of big-name 360-exclusive titles for next year's holiday season.

"Gears of War 3 promises to be the biggest entertainment launch of 2011," says the Microsoft statement announcing the delay. "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."

Epic chimed in on the matter itself, with executive producer Rod Fergusson offering his thoughts on the matter:

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.

Five months for polish is a long time. I have a hunch that "polish" in this case means "playing Halo: Reach all afternoon."

(Via Eurogamer)

Permalink

Why would they need to polish more if alraedy apparantly shinny enough to eat off?

Sounds like they jsut want an open opportunity to release the game with nothing around them

ah the dwindling amoutn of xbox exclusives

Jaredin:
Why would they need to polish more if alraedy apparantly shinny enough to eat off?

Sounds like they jsut want an open opportunity to release the game with nothing around them

The same reason Batman: Arkham Asylum got delayed to get more polish. More polish is always good. It makes a shiny game shinier (god, did I really just make that pun/reference/shout out?).

What a shame. I guess I'll have to continue listen to the Ballad of Clay Carmine a bit longer until I can actually know the third Carmine brother's fate.

Aaah, that's good miracle of sound.

Five whole months? They have enough time to make another unfinished Unreal Tournament game in-between and complain that no one buys it.
I'm happy and all they thy have an IP that generates a lot of revenue for them, but maybe in 2011 they'll announce a proper Unreal Tournament game. One worthy of being called a successor to UT2004.

Damn, I'm going to be in college at that point. Fuck. Now I REALLY need to bring my Xbox with me.

Wow fuck you Microsoft, making us wait just so you can release it near Xmas. Unbelievable.

I have one thing to say: FFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU...

I guess it is time again for the Holiday Exodus.

LightspeedJack:
Wow fuck you Microsoft, making us wait just so you can release it near Xmas. Unbelievable.

Oh come on, it can only make it better.

Gawd-fucking-dammint. My favorite release of next year and it gets pushed back, just like Bioshock 2 did last year. I guess I should have seen this coming but who knows what will be pushed back next? Brink? Portal 2? Duke Nukem: Forever?

At least BulletStorm is releasing on schedule, though the wait for Gears III better be damn worth it!

Well fuck. Although the big releases for next Spring are numerous, I can understand why Gears 3 would be moved in order to stand out a little more from the crowd.

It doesn't mean I'm happy about it though, I was really looking forward to Gears 3, and waiting until April was bad enough. Now we have to wait a year and a bit.

John Funk:
Five months for polish is a long time. I have a hunch that "polish" in this case means "playing Halo: Reach all afternoon."

Which might not be a bad thing in the end, as that unnamed planet in Halo 3's legendary ending might turn out to be Sera if 5 months of playing Halo happen to occur during polishing time. You know there's some part of you that wants to see Master Chief with a chainsaw demolishing the Locust because he doesn't play cover-based combat, even if it is just the most childish part.

Anyways, this brings up a great point for Microsoft: you need some big namers. Halo has ended officially to a large group of fans, Gears is (more than likely) ending with this one, don't depend on a sequel for Alan Wake unless you want to wait a long time, don't expect Crackdown to shine again (especially since the first developer went under and the second seems to be lacking in the idea department), Fable 3 is just coming out this month so you'll need to wait a bit for another one, Mass Effect has officially crossed consoles and Dead Rising went with it.

Fuck you, Microsoft.

Wow you people are stupid, this can only make the game better. [face_plain]

I find it odd that they would actually say that publicly. "We have no other games all year, so we needed Gears to fall back a bit to keep the money coming in later on." Sounds like they could do with some new IPs. I'm sure the extra 5 months will make the game as tight as possible, but it's an excessive delay just to fill in more of Microsoft's calendar.

God dammit. That game was going to be my summer main.
I hope Reach ages better than Halo 3 did for me.

What a crock of shit.

Well, while I'm a little disappointed that I won't be playing Gear of War 3 for another 12 months... I am grinning at the fact that they'll have 5 extra months to polish a already polished game. Also... would I rather have it rushed to be released for this years Christmas release?... NO!! Remember how that turned out for KOTR II?.

Polish is always welcomed. Seriously, we should all be thankful if anything! What if Microsoft wanted the reverse: Rush the game early for the holidays, yeah we don't give a damn if it's "ready" or not, we want our cut!

I just hope that they actually focus more on ground combat that is less interrupted by senseless rail-shooting and "eh" vehicle sections.

Delock:

Anyways, this brings up a great point for Microsoft: you need some big namers. Halo has ended officially to a large group of fans, Gears is (more than likely) ending with this one, don't depend on a sequel for Alan Wake unless you want to wait a long time, don't expect Crackdown to shine again (especially since the first developer went under and the second seems to be lacking in the idea department), Fable 3 is just coming out this month so you'll need to wait a bit for another one, Mass Effect has officially crossed consoles and Dead Rising went with it.

Precisely. Right now, Microsoft's exclusive offerings that are not Kinect-related are looking a bit paltry now. They need to shock the lineup and not get stuck in a rut. Just because Mario, Samus, and Link aren't washed up addicts on the curb after all of these years, that does not mean that fate can also elude Master Chief and The Chickens The Heroes of Fable. It makes the forcible entry into the Wii's turf with Kinect even more of a resentful action due to less money for games. :(

Even though Gears is by far one of my favorite shooters and I wish it would come out sooner, I'm not really upset by this.
Honestly, this is a smart business move. If you release it around the holidays you'll more than likely sell more copies.
Also, the 5 extra months to polish the game doesn't sound terrible either. Even when a game looks good, there's always things you can work on more, so hopefully this turns out to be a good thing.

psrdirector:
ah the dwindling amoutn of xbox exclusives

How do you make a statement like that? >_>
The fall season of '11 looks a bit pathetic for games so far for pretty much all consoles. I'm sure we'll see more games announced in the coming year, but as of now the fall looks subpar.

No! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

If they want to drive sales, release the game when NOTHING ELSE is coming out. You know, like the beginning of Spring. ARGH!

Wow Good job M$. You should all go die. It's so [email protected]#king stupid that they announce the game A YEAR IN ADVANCE like A-holes and now after waiting 7 months and release date getting closer they DELAY IT SO THE RELEASE DATE IS ONE [email protected]#KING YEAR AWAY AGAIN! I was looking forward to playing this over the summer with friends before i started college but now i guess they've lost a bunch of sales becasue i know nobody I know is going to buy it beacause of the timing. The only reason it's going to sell more near the holidays is becasue neglectful parents (the ones who are the main supporters of the Supreme court case next month) buy it for their god damn 12 year old and then we have to play with said pre-teens who absolutely suck at the game and break your eardrums with their high pitch voices who really should not be playing the game and should go play games their age.

Looks like they're trying to cash in on Christmas, hopefully 2011 won't be overbloated with Christmas releases like 2009 was.

I think it has to do with cutting off Sony exclusives. Microsoft and Sony are always jockeying for the best release dates, so with this move, they plan on taking out one of Sony's big hitters: Killzone 3.

Killzone 3 is still slated for an early release. Sure, now it will make more in that time period because it isn't competing with Gears, but now, Gears will soak up the holiday market after the KZ3 hype has died down.

Am I the only one that thinks they're going to debate all this time on whether to kill another Carmine brother or not?

VanityGirl:

psrdirector:
ah the dwindling amoutn of xbox exclusives

How do you make a statement like that? >_>
The fall season of '11 looks a bit pathetic for games so far for pretty much all consoles. I'm sure we'll see more games announced in the coming year, but as of now the fall looks subpar.

how? well I mean, some people need to do so to feel good about themselves...

as a wise man...as a man man once said...

Five months for polish is a long time. I have a hunch that "polish" in this case means "playing Halo: Reach all afternoon."

heck yeah that's a long time...and ya that was basically what I was thinking hahaha (friend of mine is now addicted to Gears 2...well I suppose it's all well and good cuz I've played that game wayy too much by now haha)

Sniper Team 4:

If they want to drive sales, release the game when NOTHING ELSE is coming out. You know, like the beginning of Spring. ARGH!

You're thinking like a gamer here, but we aren't the only ones that shop. A christmas release is probably the only time you'll find mom, dad, grandma and everyone else who ISN'T a gamer poking around in Gamestop, Best Buy or Wal-mart for a loved one's console. And the gamers of course will also be there, just like they would for a spring release. More potential customers = more sales.

Optimystic:

Sniper Team 4:

If they want to drive sales, release the game when NOTHING ELSE is coming out. You know, like the beginning of Spring. ARGH!

You're thinking like a gamer here, but we aren't the only ones that shop. A christmas release is probably the only time you'll find mom, dad, grandma and everyone else who ISN'T a gamer poking around in Gamestop, Best Buy or Wal-mart for a loved one's console. And the gamers of course will also be there, just like they would for a spring release. More potential customers = more sales.

True, but first I don't think Grandma and mom should be buying this game for little Jimmy. Just my opinion though. Second, Gears will now have to compete with other games that come out the same time, and since every game will be the same price, Gears will have to hope it has an edge in everyone's mind, otherwise it will be loosing sales to other games (unless, of course, there's nothing coming out, in which case this is void). Finally, if Gears releases early, it will get the fans, and people who aren't sure what to get, right away. If you give a man a warm bottle of water and he has had nothing to drink for three days, he'll down it without complaint. Same thing. If you give gamers a fresh, triple A game in the "gaming drought" season, they'll buy it. Finally, Gears 3 will still be there at Christmas for those who didn't already buy it. If Microsoft was smart, they'd even lower the prince by ten or fifteen dollars, giving Gears an edge by being cheaper than the new releases at Christmas time. Seems like a good plan to me, anyway.

 

Reply to Thread

Log in or Register to Comment
Have an account? Login below:
With Facebook:Login With Facebook
or
Username:  
Password:  
  
Not registered? To sign up for an account with The Escapist:
Register With Facebook
Register With Facebook
or
Register for a free account here