Gears of War 3 beta ‘around April’, buy Bulletstorm for early entry

Gears of War maker Epic Games has told GameSpot that the Gears of War 3 beta will kick off “sometime around April”, a few months before the game arrives for really reals in Fall 2011. The third-person shooter will be one of the big-hitters of 2011 for Microsoft and the Xbox 360 and, like all big-hitters, a beta was always likely expected.

Want to take part? Epic has a solution: buy the ‘Epic Edition’ of Epic’s other potentially epic game, Bulletstorm (out February 22). It’s $60, but will come with 25,000 bonus experience points, a few in-game goodies (the odd exclusive gun, piece of armor, etc.), and beta entry for Gears of War 3.

In case you’re unsure, Bulletstorm is a bit like Gears, but with more colour, more humor, and more kicking dudes face-first into giant cacti.

I’d imagine other ways of accessing the beta will be available, so don’t fret if you’d rather not pay up for Bulletstorm. Though, granted, most of the other ways will cost money as well.

[Via GameSpot]