With Epicâ€™s apparent inability to contain a secret, Cliff Bleszinski managed to retain some kudos following his appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Unveiling a 73 second trailer for the now official Gears of War 3, new tidbits of information have no doubt whet the appetites of gamers the world over.
Entitled â€śAshes to Ashesâ€ť, the teaser is set in a destroyed and ash covered city with the Delta squad, female soldier in tow, fighting off hoard after hoard of familiar Locust foes. The team, Dom especially, appear to be increasingly worn out and disheveled; if the ominous ending is anything to go by, itâ€™s possible that our favourite COG team arenâ€™t making it out alive.
In addition to the new team member â€“ who looks an awful lot like Anya from the previous two games, the trailer unveiled a new double-barrel shotgun and an all-new species for Marcus and co to contend with.
â€śIn the new game thereâ€™s an even greater threat called the Lambent and itâ€™s these kind of crazy tentacledd monsters that can mutate while youâ€™re fighting them,â€ť Bleszinski revealed.
As if that wasnâ€™t enough, Bleszinski also announced a release date for Epicâ€™s AAA title. Gears of War 3 is currently scheduled for release in North America on April 5th 2011, with the European roll-out taking place on the 8th.
Be sure to check out the trailer below. Rest assured, Xboxic will keep you informed of any major announcements over what now looks to be an agonising 12 month wait.
Update: Cliff Beszinski has confirmed on Twitter that the blonde chick is indeed Anya and that the game will feature 4-player co-op integrated into the story campaign â€“ all the more reason to celebrate the day, Gears fans! Thanks to Fanappy for the heads-up!