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Gears of War 2 Limited Edition details

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The Gamestop website has posted a listing for the Limited Edition of the upcoming Xbox 360 title Gears of War 2.

For $69.99 the Limited Edition will include the game itself plus:

  • Collectible SteelBook™ DVD case
  • “Beneath the Surface: An Inside Look at Gears of War 2,” a 48-page hardbound book including character profiles, exclusive concept art, and foreword by Design Director Cliff Bleszinski
  • Bonus DVD including exclusive making-of-the-game video footage, design galleries with audio commentary by Epic Games, and promotional videos including the E3 2008 trailer,
  • “Rendezvous.”
  • An exclusive gold-plated Lancer Assault Rifle available during online play

Look for both the limited edition and the regular version of the game to both be released on November 7th.

[Via Kotaku]

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Gears of War 2 coming November 9th?

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On a new Gears of War image posted here they show someone, presumably Marcus Fenix (the protagonist from the first Gears of War game), holding several dog tags.

If you look at them closely you’ll see that one of them has numbers on it:

033 116 117 126 071

If you were to assume that those were octal values and look them up on an ASCII table (like this one), you’d see that they convert to:

ESC N O V 9

Looks like hidden in plain sight is the release date for Gears of War 2–November 9th.

No official confirmation from Epic on this yet, but its not likely that the numbers on the dog tag are random, so looks like a release date to me.

Good catch, DieNasty!

[Via CrunchGear]


Len Wiseman named director of Gears of War movie

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The upcoming big screen adaptation of the hit video game Gears of War officially has a director–Len Wiseman.

You might recognize Wiseman as the director of other movies such as the Underworld movies as well as the most recent Die Hard movie, Live Free or Die Hard.

Chris Morgan, writer one of the writers on Cellular, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift and Wanted, will be head writer and Cliff Bleszinski (aka “Cliffy B”) will be executive producer.

The movie was initially aiming for a summer 2009 release but Epic Games chief Mark Rein says “we want to get it right. There’s no timetable for us.”

[Via CrunchGear]


Gears of War 2 coming November 16?

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No official word from Epic on exactly when Gears of War 2 will be released, but according to Lester “Mighty Rasta” Speight, the voice behind the game’s character Cole Train and football player turned actor, says that it’s coming on November 16th.

Previously all we knew was that the game would be arriving this November so this is the first time we’ve heard an actual date mentioned.

If nothing else its a good guess since that date is entirely possible.

[Via CrunchGear]


Gears of War 2 gameplay video released

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Cliffy B. and pals at Epic have been working hard on a sequel to their award winning Xbox 360 game Gears of War.

How far along are they?

Far enough to release a sweet video of some gameplay with a little intro from Cliffy B. himself.

Looks like it stilling coming this November–can’t wait!

Check out the video for yourself at either CrunchGear or GameTrailers.

[Via CrunchGear]


Gears of War 2 officially announced

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The first Gears of War for the Xbox 360 rocked. It also had some really frustrating moments, but it rocked way more than it sucked.

You knew there would be a Gears of War 2, but until today it wasn’t official.

At the end of Microsoft’s keynote today at GDC they dropped the Gears of War 2 bomb and showed a teaser video that revealed very little but was still pretty cool to watch if for nothing else to see the chainsaw bayonet in action.

Very little is known about the game right now, but Cliffy B did take the stage as the teaser video finished to say that the game would be an Xbox 360 exclusive and would be shipping this November!

Hopefully the game won’t hit any delays–I know I’m looking forward to playing it this holiday season.

BTW–that’s the temporary box art so expect it to change before the game hits retail.

[Via Joystiq]


Microsoft to buy Epic?

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Could Epic Games, creators of Gears of War, Unreal Tournament, and the Unreal Engine (among others), be an acquisition target for Microsoft?

GamePro editor Travis Moses thinks so and in the latest issue of GamePro he says “Microsoft will buy Epic Games for $1 billion this summer.”

“Epic Games is one of the few highly regarded indie developers … partly for their games but mostly for their Unreal engine technology,” Moses wrote. “Microsoft has lots of cash on hand, and in buying Epic, could collect royalty rights for Unreal technology across other platforms.

“Given Epic’s tight partnership with Microsoft, along with widespread use of the Unreal engine, and this move makes a lot of sense, particularly in light of [Electronic Arts]’s Pandemic/BioWare merger [as] well as the Activision/Vivendi shockers.”

[Via Kotaku]