In a rather silly slip-up, Microsoft accidentally announced the conclusion of the Gears of War trilogy on the Xbox Dashboard this morning.
Epic Games’ design director Cliff Bleszinski was scheduled to appear on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night to bring some big announcement. The man formerly known as CliffyB, however, rescheduled his appearance at the last minute for Monday, citing that he “wanted to take a couple more days to polish what [they’re] showing.”
It seems that the timed ads on the Xbox Dashboard weren’t given the memo, however; and Gears of War 3 (with release window) was officially announced (briefly) for everyone to see.
It’s certainly possible that Bleszinski wasn’t going to announce Gears of War 3, but the timing of everything makes the possibility of coincidence suspect.
About three weeks ago, Edge Online first launched the rumor that the game would be released April 2011, with the first trailer being released on April 8 (“exactly one year ahead of the game’s pencilled release date.”)
The uncanny accuracy in that post lends credence to the GoW3 gameplay rumors from the same source, most of which are worth a second look. My favorite: COGs get underground grenades to destroy enemies behind cover.