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Gears of War 3 Epic Edition Revealed

by William Schwartz

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The Gears of War 3 Multiplayer Beta has ended, and now the long wait until September begins.  Since you’ve got all this time on your hands, you might want to take the time to consider which edition of the game you’ll be purchasing when it releases this fall.  Good news, Epic has unveiled the Collectors Edition for Gears of War 3 and it’s got plenty for the Gears fan to appreciate.

The Epic Edition which will run you $150 includes

A Limited Edition Marcus Fenix Statue – Designed by Epic Games Art Director Chris Perna and expertly crafted by the artisans at Triforce, this fine PVC statue collectible makes the ultimate living room centerpiece for any true “Gears” fan. [Dimensions: height 285 mm (11.2 in.), diameter 225 mm (8.9 in. Weight: 1.7 kg (3.7 lb.)

The Art and Design of Gears of War by Tom Bissell – Through unprecedented access to the Epic Games team, acclaimed author Tom Bissell (Extra Lives) gives readers an incisive behind-the-scenes glimpse into one of the most celebrated sagas in video game history with 96 pages of interviews, photos, concept artwork and more.

Infected Omen Weapon Pack — Custom multiplayer skins for the game’s five starting weapons; Lancer, Retro Lancer, Hammerburst, Sawed-off Shotgun, and Gnasher Shotgun.

An Octus Award Box with Octus Service Medal – A 1:1 match in size and weight, this zinc-alloy cog-shaped medal replicates the award given to Adam Fenix in recognition of his work on the Hammer of Dawn. [Dimensions: 77 mm (3 in.) x 10 mm (0.4 in.)

Exclusive Unlockable Adam Fenix Multiplayer Character – Each Octus Service Medal replica is engraved with a unique Xbox LIVE code that is the only way to unlock Adam Fenix in multiplayer.

A fabric COG Flag – Proud colors that once flew above the House of Sovereigns.

The personal effects of Adam Fenix – including his “Last Will and Testament,” the initial Hammer of Dawn schematic, and other Fenix family mementos.

Not everyone is going to feel comfortable plunking down $150 for a single game, so if that’s too much for you, the game will also be available in a “Limited Edition”.  The Limited Edition will run you $80 and has everything that the “Epic Edition” has, sans the statue, art book, and weapon pack.  Of course, Gears of War 3 will also be available as a standalone “regular” version which will cost you the standard $60 entry with no goodies.  The game will be available this September, exclusively for the Xbox 360.

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