Gears of War 3 Bonus Unlockables Explained

Back in late 2010, Cliffy B revealed that gamers could unlock secret things in Gears of War 3 by playing other titles published by Epic Games. However, only a couple months later, news broke that these special unlocks would be limited to people that have played Gears of War 1 & 2. Now, to clarify things further, Rod Fergusson recently announced more details on what content players will be able to unlock in Gears of War 3.

Gears of War 3 is only a few months away from being released and Epic is preparing for what will almost assuredly be a record breaking launch. They hope to hype the series and build anticipation for the newest entry by offering incentives that encourage players to tackle the previous two Gears games.

Evidently, these unlockables will be based purely on achievements – because they are the easiest way for Epic to track a player’s progress. Unlocking goodies won’t solely be about reaching level 100 online, but rather getting certain achievements.

In a recent MTV interview with Rod Fergusson, executive producer at Epic Games, the developer clarified what players will be able to unlock:

“It’s mostly around weapon skins in terms of tying into historical stuff. Two of the ones…I guess we haven’t announced this but we have to announce it eventually, right? Two of the weapon skins are based on historical weapon skins, so if you want the gold lancer and the gold hammerburst in ‘Gears 3,’ you get them by owning the gold hammerburst and the gold lancer in ‘Gears 2,’ so those skins transfer over.”

It’s good that they are not offering anything that will affect the balance of the game. With a title that has such a faithful multiplayer following, offering unlockables that are anything more than cosmetic could be disastrous.

Fergusson went on to say that in addition to the gold skins, players will receive chrome weapon skins for obtaining certain achievements in Gears 1 & 2. In fact, the team at Epic already saw players with certain skins unlocked during the Gears of War 3 beta.

Two achievements that will unlock bonuses in Gears of War 3:

  • Rookie Gear (reach level five in Gears of War 2 multiplayer) – unlocks chrome hammerburst
  • Veteran Gear (reach level 100 and win a match on all 4 of the maps from the Gears of War 2 Snowblind DLC pack) — unlocks ?

Gears of War 3 Horde 2.0 Boss Battle

Gears of War fans that don’t already have the necessary achievements unlocked, should get busy replaying the first two games so that they have all of the cool bonuses when the new game launches. The guys at Epic are.

“Some of us don’t have all the Gears 1 achievements. The ranked achievements are so hard. So we have a night planned where 20 of us are going to sit in a room and play Ranked Gears 1 just to get our achievements.”

Now that’s dedication.

Cliff Bleszinski may want to be remembered for more than the Gears of War franchise, but there is a big chance he will have trouble creating something that surpasses the popularity of the epic series. The upcoming third entry is not only one of Game Rant’s most anticipated games of 2011, but is also nominated for Best Shooter, Best Multiplayer, and Best in Show in our 2011 E3 Awards.

Do you have plans to revisit the older Gears of War games in order tao unlock goodies in Gears of War 3?

Gears of War 3 will be available exclusively for Xbox 360 on September 20, 2011.

Source: MTV Multiplayer