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Gears 3 Beta Rolls Out April 25

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Epic has announced that the Gears of War 3 beta will launch on April 25 and run for three weeks (until May 15). Bulletstorm Epic Edition owners receive access a week earlier, starting April 18.

The only way into the beta is by pre-ordering Gears of War 3 or Bulletstorm Epic Edition through select retailers. Epic is offering three playable modes, with Team Deathmatch, Capture the Leader, and King of the Hill being available on four new maps: Thrashball, Checkout, Trenches, and Old Town. The game will be running on dedicated servers.

There are also a number of exclusive unlocks that carry over to the full game.

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

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

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

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

Beta Tester Medal Complete one match in the Beta to permanently unlock.

Thrashball Cole Complete 50 matches in any game type to unlock for the Beta period. To permanently unlock, complete 10 matches as Thrashball Cole during the Beta period.

Gold-Plated Retro Lancer Complete 90 matches in any game type to unlock for the Beta period. To permanently unlock, score 100 kills with the Gold-Plated Retro Lancer during the Beta period.

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Stuart Macdonald
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