“Gears of War 3” Release Date Announced

The long wait is almost over for those who have been waiting for the follow-up to 2008’s “Gears of War 2,” the popular Xbox 360 shoot-em up whose first offering came out in 2006.

Epic Games announced on Wednesday that “Gears of War 3” will hit stores worldwide except Japan on September 20. The game will be released in Japan on September 22. Design director Cliff Bleszinski said “Gears of War 3” was originally scheduled for an April release. “We were originally talking to Microsoft about an April release, and we certainly could have done it, and it would’ve been great, but now that we’re talking about a holiday release, it’s extra time that allows us to step back from our work for a bit and ask what works and what doesn’t work.”

“Gears of War 3” brings back human soldier Marcus Fenix, who this time has to deal with the Lambent, a mutated type of the Locust Horde. While the release date is still several months away, fans of the game may want to start practicing this early as Bleszinski promises “almost feral” villains in “Gears of War 3.”