Of course, we know that many of you have already been enjoying the Gears of War 3 beta since April 25th, or April 18th or even the 15th for the impatient amongst you, but certainly you still know one or two stragglers who have yet to get in the beta action, right? Well, for those individuals who have waited, their chance to join the beta is coming on May 8th. The catch is that they need to receive an invite from someone who has already diligently been beta testing over the past couple of weeks.
Gamers who have been participating in the beta can earn up to five "buddy tokens", which they may then pass out to whomever they choose. These tokens may then be redeemed for beta access. Everyone in the beta has already earned one token (so congratulations!), but US gamers may earn others by purchasing Gears content from the Marketplace or adding a 12-month Gold subscription to their account. Buying-in isn't the only way to earn tokens, however. Those people who have played 20 hours or more of the beta will also receive a token. In one further show of appreciation to the fanatics out there, those gamers who have played over 100 hours cumulative across any of the Gears of War titles lifetime to date will also earn a token.
Unfortunately, multiple tokens are limited to US residents due to legal restrictions, but everyone who has played the beta, no matter whey they live, has the chance to unlock one buddy token.
You only have until this Wednesday, May 4th, to earn buddy tokens. The codes will be sent to your email address on May 8th. Then it will be up to you to give those people you deem worthy of your buddy token a chance to have one week to enjoy the beta before its May 15th conclusion.