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Gears of War 3 Beta Start Date Announced and other Details

It’s time to rev up your lancers as the Gears of War 3 Beta finally has a specific date, and that date is April 18th, but that’s only if you own the Epic Edition of Bulletstorm.
If your crying gently into your keyboard and this news then never fear as you can still get access to the Beta on April 25th, the catch being that you will have to pre-order one of the games three variants (standard, limited and Epic) from one of the following:

In the US:
Gamestop

In Canada:
Gamestop

In the UK:
GAME
Gamestation

In France:
GAME
FNAC
Micromania

In Italy:
Gamestop

In Australia:
EB Games

In New Zealand:
EB Games

The Beta will start off with just the Team Deathmatch game mode, and four maps, but once the full public get underway you can look forward to King of the Hill and Capture the Leader being added to the playlists.
Players of the Beta will also get access to some cool extras for the full game as well:

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, 24 April and unlock this weapon variant.

Flaming Lancer – Complete one match during the week of 25 April and unlock this weapon variant.

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

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

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