January 28th 2013 6:00 am PT

Get Early Access to “Gears of War: Judgment” OverRun Mode Through GameStop Pre-Order


The Gears team has sent me the following details to share with you regarding an upcoming Gears of War: Judgment demo and how you can gain early access.


Pre-order your copy of “Gears of War: Judgment” online or at any GameStop location nationwide to get exclusive three-day early access to the most anticipated blockbuster of this spring beginning March 15; demo available publicly to all Xbox LIVE Gold members on March 19

GameStop, Microsoft and Epic Games are thrilled to announce that “Gears of War” fans across the United States will be able to join the fight against the Locust Horde early through the signature new multiplayer mode in “Gears of War: Judgment,” OverRun. Early access on Xbox LIVE begins March 15 exclusively to GameStop PowerUp Rewards™ members who preorder “Judgment” online or at any GameStop location nationwide, and the demo will be accessible to all Xbox LIVE Gold members worldwide once the game launches on March 19.*

The “early access” experience for PowerUp Rewards members who preorder at GameStop will be available from Friday, March 15 at 11:59 p.m. PT to Monday, March 18 at 11:59 p.m. PT. This offer also applies retroactively to members who have previously preordered the game at GameStop.

As an added bonus, multiplayer experience points (XP) earned will carry over to the final game for players who purchase and play “Judgment” in the first week following its U.S. release, allowing them to get a jump on the competition and begin unlocking special rewards, like new weapon skins, medals and achievements.

OverRun is a thrilling new class-based competitive mode that pits Locust and COG soldiers in a head-to-head battle unlike anything “Gears” fans have experienced yet. An objective-oriented mode that lets five-player teams alternate between playing as Locusts and COG soldiers, OverRun marks the first time that a class-based, competitive multiplayer experience has been introduced in the “Gears of War” series.

Check out a video tutorial of the new mode here:

On top of the “early access” experience, fans who preorder “Judgment” from GameStop will also receive two exclusive pre-order bonuses for use in competitive multiplayer modes:

“Young Marcus” character skin – Decorated war hero Marcus Fenix is the legendary leader of Delta Squad, a small group of COG soldiers responsible for saving mankind from destruction at the hands of Locust and Lambent forces.  This exclusive character skin takes Marcus back in time, six weeks after the end of the Pendulum Wars, and during the chaos of Emergence Day – a time before he was hardened by his long imprisonment.

Lambent weapon skin – This exclusive weapon skin lets you show off your grub-slaying exploits and customize select weapons with the emulsion of your fallen Lambent foes.

Additionally, everyone who preorders “Judgment” from any retailer worldwide will receive the Classic Hammerburst, a fearsome and effective weapon that served as the standard-issue assault rifle of the Locust Army.

For more details about OverRun early access and other GameStop-exclusive preorder bonuses, please visit: http://www.gamestop.com/xbox-360/games/gears-of-war-judgment/105966#bonusFeatures

Developed exclusively for Xbox 360 by Epic Games and People Can Fly, “Gears of War: Judgment” delivers a riveting campaign featuring new characters, weapons and enemies, and new multiplayer experiences. The “Gears of War” series is one of the most popular franchises in Xbox history, having sold more than 19 million games worldwide, and spawning New York Times-bestselling novels, toys, collectibles, graphic novels, and more. To learn more about “Gears of War: Judgment” and the “Gears of War” franchise, please visit: http://gearsofwar.xbox.com “Gears of War: Judgment” will launch worldwide on March 19, 2013.

*Xbox LIVE Gold membership and 2GB of storage space required to participate. Qualifying GameStop PowerUp Rewards members will receive full redemption instructions via e-mail closer to launch.

Gears of War By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DRGXDDCFZVA6ZBPLMOUAMT7J2A Spiral Infinity

    Oh a gamestop partnership… guess I’m not playing this demo

  • http://twitter.com/dibils dibils

    and what about the UK?

  • http://twitter.com/Reaver_Liem Marcos Barba

    Awe yeah!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.tierney.7528 John Tierney

    Yet another shaft to UK gamers 10 years with live and this joke still goes on our money not good enough for you?

    • Lee Thomas Rayson

      Game will likely have this as they are gving the same pre order bonus away

    • http://www.thisisxbox.com/ Jason

      ? You don’t know that yet… UK PR release info at different times…

  • http://twitter.com/LambentHammerB ❖Greg-Boddy❖

    Even a shaft to Canadians. EB Games which IS Gametop (same company) doesn’t offer it either.

  • Guest

    funny i preordered from the MICROSOFT store and also got shafted

    • Lee Thomas Rayson

      you can still cancel your pre order

      • That one guy

        I’d assume since he pre-ordered from Microsoft, he want’s Alex Brand and not Marcus. :/

        I pre-ordered from Microsoft, so I’ll have to wait until the game is released in America to play the Demo.

        UK, keep this in mind, you can pre-order wherever you want and still get to play 3 days before release, we in America have to pre-order from Gamestop to get this deal. Otherwise we get it (the demo.) the day of release.

  • http://www.facebook.com/juicyjackie Jackie Brown

    Totally sucks!!! SIgh… lets wait along with the rest of the world who apparently are not good enough!

  • That one guy

    So let’s see…. America receives the Demo three days early on March 15th.. (if they Gamestop pre-ordered

    And everyone else get’s the demo on March 19th…. For the uk that’s three days before the release right? Because UK get’s Judgment on March 22nd, yes?

    Seems fair to me.

  • http://twitter.com/LesterT1979 Craig T

    “Gears of War: Judgment” will launch worldwide on March 19, 2013.”

    No it won’t. I’m in the UK and now i’m going to be a week behind the US players.

    • http://twitter.com/dibils dibils

      you dont need to worry about that since with the dedicated server you only play with people in your region (unless you party up with US players)

  • Gerard Hampton

    No gears servers here in australia so we cant even play gow3 and this without lag. thanks guys.

  • Russell Gorall

    The homo-eroticism continues…

  • http://twitter.com/swifty2123 jose

    The ironic thing is that Game Companies “HATE” GameStop because of their used games monopoly if you will!

    Yet these same companies drop all these exclusives to that same company they are supposed to hate!!

    Lol I guess it’s “BUSINESS”

    • ryder4life22187

      Well one thing game companies should start doing is making all their games on the current console obtainable to get new at the store or their own online store. I went to gamestop the other day just to get too human for $2.99 as im not paying 49 for it brand new at amazon.

  • DarkNightRJ

    I hate pre-order bonuses like this. Even if I were going to buy this game at launch, it wouldn’t be at gamestop.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Curtis-Isabell/1036013363 Curtis Isabell

    I would rather get a free $20 gift card from best buy then getting early access. recomend preordering at best buy

  • BlinkFandango

    FYI and off topic, I saw this on IGN: “Sony also revealed an interesting statistic that we’ll leave you with in closing. For a one year $50 PlayStation Plus account in 2012, users could have saved as much as $2,472 on free and discounted games, DLC and more.”

    Wish we could say the same about Xbox Live.

    • http://twitter.com/TengenToppaa Lance D.U

      Oh boy >.<
      Are microsoft even going to bother competing? I've been silver since Halo 3 was released. I still get weekly/monthly emails, and not once have i been offered 72hr gold as a "We miss you package". But with MMORPG's I've been sent countless free trials to come back.
      Microsoft sort your game out. Or don't and watch the install base drop for your next console.

    • Russell Gorall

      I’ve been saying it for months, Plus is absolutely drilling Gold as far as value.

      Best news about next gen I have heard so far is the fact the PS4 controller is going away from the Dualshock design into something else. I would love the left analog to be placed about where the 360’s is, along with better L2 buttons.

      • ryder4life22187

        Makes me wonder though if they have been using plus as a way to eventually charge a subscribtion for online with the ps4

  • http://www.facebook.com/Weaselfierce Steve Fenwick

    Always thought a demo was there to convince you to buy. Now you always have to buy first to access to the demo… :-/

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bush-O-Connor/555604190 Bush O Connor

    first Gears i wont be getting, if horde was stand alone then i would snap it up. il be blasting sim city when this drops