Epic announced today that the beta for Gears of War 3
will begin in Mid-April. They also revealed that the beta will include three new versus modes and four maps.
According to this post
on the Gears of War Facebook page (login required), two maps are already set for inclusion in the upcoming beta. In order to determine the remaining two maps, Epic has left it up to the fans to make that choice. They present four options from which you may choose two.
Epic released a screenshot and brief description of each:The Overpass
Battles in this highly dynamic map often focus around the elevated Overpass, where teams can hole up and take advantage of the protected position and emplaced weaponry located there. But gaining the high ground can also be a trap, as the team left below will most assuredly use mortars and orbital lasers to regain their lost footing.Old Town
This is an excellent map for team-based play, with multiple areas that are well suited to both attack and defense scenarios. A well executed plan will often reap great rewards, and an enemy caught unaware can be flushed into a trap like a chicken free of its coop.Mercy
This large and open central square is surrounded on all sides by protected passageways and buildings. A raised dais yields powerful weaponry and a view of virtually everything within range, but the power located there must be hard-earned and well protected to provide any lasting advantage.Trenches
The Locust Trenches are small and tight, with clean lines of sight across virtually the entire battlefield. The central hill leads to a fortified bunker with a strategically important vantage point. Once taken, it is rarely surrendered, unless opposing forces can manage to sneak up under the cover of a passing sandstorm that leaves everyone blind for a short while.
For those of you looking to participate in the poll, be aware that you must have a Facebook account and you'll need to accept an app for the poll itself. The poll will run until February 28th.
Additionally, those who participate in the beta will have the opportunity to unlock a gold-plated version of the retro lancer. How exactly players can unlock this is undetermined at this time, though details will be made available in the coming weeks.Gears of War 3
, as recently announced
, will be available worldwide on September 20, 2011.