Gears of War 3 Beta update and much more just announced

 

At the Xbox press event today in San Francisco we announced details about the upcoming Gears of War 3 multiplayer beta, as well as additional news for Xbox 360, Kinect, Windows Phone 7 and PC gamers.

 

Here is a run down of the news:

 

Gears of War 3– Kicking off in mid-April, the Gears of War 3 public multiplayer beta will give players a chance to experience three new Versus Multiplayer modes on four new maps, and help shape the year’s biggest blockbuster, set to launch worldwide on Sept. 20 and in Japan on Sept. 22. You can even decide which maps you would like to see in the beta starting today by visiting the Gears of War Facebook page and voting on their favorites. Voting ends on Feb. 28.

 

Halo: Reach Defiant Map Pack – Available on Xbox LIVE for 800 Microsoft Points on March 15, the Halo: Reach Defiant Map Pack introduces three stunning new battlefields for the most critically acclaimed shooter of 2010. Set in the heat of the legendary Battle of Reach, the three new warfronts – Condemned, Highlands and Unearthed – are primed for non-stop action in Firefight and all competitive multiplayer modes.

 

Halo Waypoint – Looking for more ways to share your best Halo victories with friends? Fire up Halo Waypoint on Windows Phone 7 or HaloWaypoint.com today to check out the new stat-tracking features, which allow you to share your in-game stats on the web and compare against friends from the palm of your hand.

 

Fable III Traitor’s Keep game add-on – Available on Xbox LIVE Marketplace for 560 Microsoft Points on March 1, the Traitor’s Keep game add-on continues the journey as fans venture into three new levels called Ravenscar Keep, Clockwork Island, and the Godwin Estate, taking on new quests and encountering a mysterious prisoner. Traitor’s Keep also comes packed with 250 gamerscore points and additional content.

 

Crysis 2 3-D – Stunning in either HD or 3-D, Crysis 2 from Crytek and Electronic Arts, lets players step into a post-apocalyptic world where alien invaders stalk the streets of New York City. With 12 multiplayer maps and six modes on Xbox LIVE, wield the supersoldier enhancements of the Nanosuit 2 when Crysis 2 launches on Xbox 360 on March 22.

 

Child of Eden – Winner of several E3 awards, Child of Eden is a multi-sensory shooter from the mind of renowned game designer Tetsuya Mizuguchi that will send players diving into a kaleidoscopic matrix of synchronized music and mind-blowing visuals. Since “Child of Eden” was designed with Kinect for Xbox 360 in mind, only on Xbox 360 players will experience the controller-free magic that provides a new dimension of immersion when the game launches later this year.

 

Once Upon a Monster – In a truly original interactive experience, young players join Cookie Monster, Elmo and other Sesame Street characters as they explore a living storybook titled Once Upon a Monster. In the book, they make new zany monster friends from the Once Upon a Monster world and share in their adventures, solving problems, forging friendships and learning key life skills along the way. Parents and children literally become part of the whimsical storybook adventure by getting active together through dancing, jumping, flying and more.

 

The Gunstringer – From the developers that brought you award-winning hits like Splosion Man, The Maw and Comic Jumper, comes an all-new Kinect-exclusive title, The Gunstringer for Xbox LIVE Arcade. Take control of an undead marionette in an epic Wild West stage production that requires your puppeteering and quick draw shooting skills to exact revenge on the Gunstringer’s enemies – all controller-free.

 

The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile – Created by award-winning indie developer James Silva, “The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile” is the stylistic action platform sequel to 2009’s “Dead Samurai.” The exclusive Xbox LIVE Arcade title features solo and co-op campaigns, 50 intense arcade challenges, an almost endless Dish Challenge, and now for the first time, the combo-fueled action will be playable in 3D. Grab your six foot long syringe and sharpen your cleavers, because it’s about to get bloody.

 

Fable III for WindowsLaunching in the US on May 17, Fable III for Windows takes gamers back to Albion for the next installment of the beloved Fable franchise.  Players can take advantage of the same great action found on the console game as well as a full 3-D functionality made possible by NVIDIA technology and a PC-exclusive hardcore mode which offers a higher level of difficulty.

 

Age of Empires Online for Windows – The next evolution in the best-selling real-time strategy franchise, Age of Empires Online invites players to create a living, growing online world, shared with friends and friendly rivals around the world.  With a robust free-to-play experience and a deep selection of premium content packs, Age of Empires Online is always evolving so you can choose the content that’s right for you and your budget.

 

Fable Coin Golf – Launching March exclusively on Windows Phone 7, Fable: Coin Golf draws upon the wealth of traditional British pub games and lets you transfer gold earned in the game to your Fable III game on either Xbox 360 or Windows. In addition, you can unlock three exclusive weapons that can be used in the Traitor’s Keep game add-on.

 

Must Have Games for Xbox LIVE on Windows Phone 7: Kicking off this spring, this collection of the biggest names in mobile games brings you six weeks of hits, including Plants vs Zombies, Hydro Thunder Go, Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I,  geoDefense, Doodle Jumpand more – all complete with Xbox LIVE Achievements, leaderboards and more.

 

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Comments

  • Xlrking

    These announcements are extremely boring.
    Thanks.

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  • Twisk

    @ DarthNicolai

    You can play Arkham Asylum in 3D (I played through entirely in 3D, it was awesome). With the Pigsy’s Perfect 10 add-on for Enslaved, it allows you to play either the expansion or the full original game in 3D as well.

    …this 3D uses the ‘Trioviz’ glasses. These do not require a 3D TV. The effect is very, very awesome (I recommend Googling it to find out more). 🙂 I’ve been trying to find a list of all the available 3D games which use the Trioviz glasses – it appears there is no list available anywhere. And it’s odd that there was hardly any mention of 3D with the Pigsy’s Perfect 10 add-on for Enslaved (it’s like this hush hush secret).

    Black Ops can be played in 3D on the 360 as well, but that 3D is not done using the Trioviz glasses – it requires an actual 3D TV. 😛

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  • MACPH1ST0

    @Real Xebec: Those kind of examples are exactly what I’m talking about, even though Fruit Ninja does actually cost at least $0.99 on the Android Market. MS is going to add XBL integration with achievements and gamerscore to their version of every popular mobile game they can just so they can charge people for it in Windows Phone 7. That’s just what the standard is if you want to play popular games with Windows Phone 7. The only kind of free games you’re going to get with Windows Phone 7 are little mini-games with no XBL integration and nothing popular.

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  • SplitSaw

    gears!!!!

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  • SplitSaw

    gears!!!!

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  • Lord Wake

    So, Hulu Plus is suppose to come out in ‘early 2011.’ Well it’s 4 days from March. When are we going to get some news on a release date, and I would like to know MS’s definition of ‘early.’

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  • The Grim Heaper

    @ Lord Wake They are probably waiting for the Spring 2011 Dashboard update to bring Hulu Plus and the other ‘awesome’ features.

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  • MACPH1ST0

    And since you mentioned that, when are Time Warner Cable & Bright House Networks customers finally going to get ESPN3 event streaming on the 360? ESPN3.com has already been activated and working on PCs for those customers for at least 3 months now. As for XBL ESPN streaming, in November, “by the end of the year” was the time frame given. Then after that passed with nothing, it changed to “by the end of January”. And now it’s almost the end of February, and still nothing. So what’s the deal?

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  • LeX DiRtY

    What the hell are you complaining about? In Germany we are still waiting for Last.FM, something similar to Netflix and Kinects voice recognition. Kinect does not speak German, so far the microphones are worthless.

    We pay 80 $ per year for Xbox Live.

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  • MACPH1ST0

    @LeX DiRtY: Not complaining, just looking for a more recent update on something already confirmed (and not hoping for something that’ll probably never happen).

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  • chiruno99

    As usual, people complaining about live, yet still shelling out for it.

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  • a1984darkboy

    A sequel to Dishwasher? Hmm, I played the trial of the first one and had plenty of fun. Anyone here enjoy it? I might wait around the release of the sequel to see if the game gets a sale.

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  • Ganon255

    Child of Eden is the game I am MOST interested in checking out.

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  • sepulturas666

    Nothing to see here… -_-

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  • Stephan1237

    @LeX DiRtY same here in Holland. No last.fm and the US gets Hulu Plus and what do we get. Nothing!!!!.

    My subscription runs out in April and when there is no good deal for Xbox Live I will not buy Xbox Live again. Only when its 35 euro’s or lower.We pay the same as the Americans and they are getting more and more services and us people in Europe (Germany/France/Holland) are not getting anything.

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  • entanianick

    Windows Phone 7 games sound interesting for me.

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