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5 things you didn't know about Gears of War 3. Until now

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UPDATE: Gears of War dev Cliffy B has just tweeted the following: "Please don't trust badly translated leaked scanned info on Gears 3. Lots of false info out there." Thought we should point that out. Let's hope the bit about the vegetable patch is true.

We managed to get *some* details from the Gears of War 3 trailer, but we fully expected that E3 would be the next time any additional info on the game would be released.

However, some scans from a Russian games mag have cropped up on the Epic forums (and been subsequently translated) that have provided us with a whole bunch of stuff to get excited about. Like what? Well, like these 5 things that, until now, you didn't know about Gears of War 3.

Note: All images on this page are taken from scans of a magazine. We're using them here for illustrative purposes only. Click the images to see the full scan


The chain of command has pretty much collapsed. Like everything else

18 months after GoW2 and there is no COG and no government. The survivors that remain are waging their own wars and the last remnants of humanity has gone tribal. Even the Locust themselves are in a similarly shitty situation to the humans, having been in conflict with the aggressive Lambent (Locusts gone mutant after prolonged exposure to Imulsion).

And speaking of Imulsion - the valuable resource that caused the war in the first place - it seems that it's somehow killing the planet. Sucks to be on Sera.


Marcus and his Delta Squad chums will be on a boat. A really BIG boat with its own vegetable patch

Some of Gears of War 3 will take place on a COG aircraft carrier. Click the image below to get an idea of how immense it is.


It sounds like the open waves won't provide absolute respite from the conflict. Apparently the carrier has its own vegetable patch, which has to be protected from enemies. Seriously.


New grenade launcher. New shotgun. New rifle. And more

Mentioned in the article is a double-barrelled shotgun that takes an age to load but is stupidly-powerful. A grenade launcher that fires explosives that travel underground to reach their targets. And a rifle that fires single shots in quick succession, with each shot incrementally causing more damage.

Also, players will be able to swap weapons and ammo with their teammates.


The environment is constantly shifting

It seems like Sera is not entirely stable - a feature that will be apparent in single and multiplayer modes. Observe this scan that shows a 5 minute time-lapse in a multiplayer match:


Spot the difference? Yes, there is a huge chunk of floating rock in the bottom picture.


There's going to be a chunky-ass mech to control

Reserved for 'special situations', players will get to use a COG mech-suit. Check it out:


There were rumours about mechs in Gears of War 3, and this seems to confirm those rumours as FACT. The mech is armed with a machine gun and a grenade launcher. It can also be used as a turret when in stationary mode and deployable shields provide cover for foot soldiers. It looks bad-ass. No mention of whether or not it'll show up in multiplayer.

If you want to digest every last morsel of information, check out the Epic forums and inspect the magazine scans in their entirety at All Games Beta.

May 6, 2010

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20 comments

  • Marz - May 9, 2010 8:49 p.m.

    oh snap nm it was a lancer. false alarm =)
  • Marz - May 9, 2010 8:47 p.m.

    I could do with baird getting taken out of the game. The dude alwayse pissed me off when he would smart off. But if anyone had to go it would be baired. just saying. tottaly stoked about the shotgun tho it looks so beast. PS: the bottom picture with the mech article in russian had some type of funky ass gun in it. couldnt make it out but it wasnt the shotgun or the rifle and it wasnt a lancer either, i dont think. please conferm this for me.
  • ParagonFury - May 7, 2010 11:10 p.m.

    Whiny? Yes. Useful? Yes.
  • Skykid - May 7, 2010 8:26 p.m.

    @ParagonFury By the way, none of this is sarcastic. Thank you for the small bit of reasurance, I loved Dizzy and his hilarious one-liners. WHOA, there's a THIRD GoW book? Right on! =)) Here's a totally unrelated question: Is Baird still a little, whiny bi*ch? (yes/no)
  • ParagonFury - May 6, 2010 8 p.m.

    Wait, the COG doesn't exist anymore? Unless something goes terribly wrong in the new book, Anvil Gate, the COG still exist, have found an island with an old COG Naval base and a sizable detachment of (formerly) stranded COG soldiers, and still have a decent-sized Navy, in addition to recieving help from some water-bound survivors and their sub. Hell, Prescott are still around, so they'd still be in charge. Also *SPOILERS* Dizzy and his daughter are still alive and well too.
  • R_U_Guys_From_British - May 6, 2010 5:49 p.m.

    I know these are only small and unconfirmed details but this Gears looks to be shaping up into the bast one yet.
  • ensabahnur - May 6, 2010 1:51 p.m.

    I need to find the translation to this article, WTF man, where are our russian speaking people here.
  • TRAVthe3RD - May 6, 2010 4:29 a.m.

    why not trust the badly translated russian mag?? they seemed pretty spot on this website pretty much repeated what i knew.. @ thomaspfaff sorry your not the first person to predict that :s just ask gr haha
  • lovinmyps3 - May 6, 2010 2:49 a.m.

    I just wanna fight alongside Anya...
  • thomaspfaff - May 6, 2010 2:08 a.m.

    Plot prediction! Marcus has to team up with the locust to defeat the lambent.
  • MrSuitMan - May 6, 2010 2:03 a.m.

    Mother f**kers don't you ever forget
  • Cleanser247 - May 6, 2010 12:40 a.m.

    Hopefully this game turns out good. I was hoping it would be announced for a while now, and I can't wait to see how the storyline plays out.
  • CH3BURASHKA - May 5, 2010 11:04 p.m.

    There's already been a few rumors that coincide with these (explosives that travel underground, mechs, giant boat most likely source of underwater level). However, this being a Russian publication that went out of its way to post on the Epic Forums, I'm guessing this is false and is fabricated to provide them with traffic.
  • crumbdunky - May 5, 2010 10:44 p.m.

    I wonder just how much was actually true and Cliffy's just covering up? He admits the aircraft carrier effort is in the game, f'rinstance but only one level so maybe there are elements of truth in other claims made by the Russki 360 mag, no? I always hoped they'd explore the Pendulum Wars and some extra past stuff in SP DLC or even an extra series but we'll have to wait until after Gears3 at a guess. Would make a good next gen exclusive trilogy for MS if they felt like paying to secure another length of Epic's IP but the temptation must be there to take it to more platforms as well. Gears3 owon't be the end of the gaming from this universe, though, not by a long, long way. Looking forward to number threeee anyhow and hope for two main thuings from it-a similar impact tro the way the first game shifted it's genre compared to the pretty conservative baby step onwards Gewars2 turned out to be(though goodd none the less) and secondly, that they give us dedicated servers for the on line this time. After the mess they made of Gears2 on line don't we deserve it? Won't happen while MS aren't pushing devs to bring them to Live but, really, they should.It's 2010 and how many of the problems with Gears2 would have been negated by not being P2P?
  • WillisTron - May 5, 2010 5:11 p.m.

    Day one purchase
  • tacoman38 - May 5, 2010 5:08 p.m.

    lol. everything has been taken down from the source site.
  • HeroHugh - May 5, 2010 4:20 p.m.

    Yes, it is Russian. It was from a Russian Xbox mag.
  • ssj4raditz - May 5, 2010 3:30 p.m.

    The picture in the lower right in that last scan... Marcus goes sleeveless!
  • allthegoodnameswheretaken - May 5, 2010 3:10 p.m.

    Is that Russian?
  • araknafire - May 5, 2010 2:42 p.m.

    in the before and after pictures, the one on the bottom also has water on the road

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