For those of you who were all set for picking up Gears of War 3 in April 2011, we hate to bring you bad news, but it looks like you’ll need to wait at least an additional six months.
The highly anticipated Gears of War 3 for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console was originally set for an early April release, but that dream has now been dashed by an official statement released by Microsoft this weekend:
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.
This was followed up by an official statement from Epic Games sent to Eurogamer:
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.
Honestly, we were always a little baffled by the April release date. It wasn’t that we didn’t think the game wouldn’t be ready, but fall is always the release window for major titles: Call of Duty titles come out in Nov., Halo titles tend towards Sept. and the first two Gears of War titles were both Nov. releases. So, why this sudden shift to the spring was always a bit of a mystery, and we highly suspect someone in the Microsoft office just finally work up and went, “Wait a minute …” as opposed to this being some sort of condemnation of the quality of the game.
What say you? Are you still excited for Gears of War 3, or are you annoyed by the delay?