Here are your dates for the Gears of War 3 beta

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The Gears of War 3 beta will coming next month. Bulletstorm players will get in a week earlier than others and Epic included some great unlockables as well. This means all of you people who bought Bulletstorm will be getting an extra week to practice up in the Gears of War 3 beta before I get there to curb-stomp you into oblivion. Use it wisely. Gamers that decided not to pick up Bulletstorm will have to wait until April 25th to get in on the beta, and all you need to do to get it in is pre-order the game from Gamestop. We all know that everyone who owns an Xbox 360 will be picking up this game, so pre-ordering it to get in on the beta seems like a no-brainer.

Players will be able to unlock a load of cool things during the beta and will actually be able to carry the items over into the retail version of the game. This is such a great idea, it’s amazing we don’t see this happen more often.

Here’s a list of the things you’ll be able to get your hands on during the beta:

Beta Tester Medal – Complete a match in the beta to get the Beta Tester medal, which will then be displayed in multiplayer lobbies in the retail version of the game.

Thrashball Cole – Complete 50 matches in any game type to unlock the version of Thrashball Cole. If you then complete 10 matches as Thrashball Cole during the beta, the character will carry over to the retail version of Gears 3.

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 get it carried over to the retail version.

Flaming Hammerburst – Complete one match by Sunday, April 24 to unlock.

Flaming Lancer – Complete one match during the week of April 25 to unlock.

Flaming Sawed-Off Shotgun – Complete one match during the week of May 2 to unlock.

Flaming Gnasher Shotgun – Complete one match during the week of May 9 to unlock.

I’m ready for this.

I hope Epic learned from their mistakes last time and Gears 3 finally gets the online right on launch day. Gears 2 had some serious issues with its competitive multiplayer early on and it really turned me off to the point of making me just wanting to play the multiplayer for Gears 1. Get it done right the first time, guys. You have a pretty superb track record when it comes to making online multiplayer games… make this one perfect.

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