Just a heads up for those players that still own the Epic edition of Bullstorm (and quite rightly you still should) you can access the Gears of War beta today from that version’s on screen menu.

Here is the timetable of the beta:

Bulletstorm Preview, 18 – 24 April
Owners of “Bulletstorm: Epic Edition” are eligible for a one-week beta preview period featuring the new Team Deathmatch mode on four new maps (Thrashball, Checkout, Trenches and Old Town).

Gears of War 3 Beta, 25 April – 15 May
The full public beta period begins 25 April. Players can look forward to special events and playlists throughout the beta period. Two additional competitive game modes, Capture the Leader and King of the Hill, will be added during the final week of the beta.

15 May
Beta concludes

Also heres a heads up on what shiny items you gain from being in the beta

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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