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Beat Gears of War 3 on Insane, unlock Mission Impossible weapons

Beat Gears of War 3 on Insane, unlock Mission Impossible weapons

Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to beat the Gears of War 3 campaign on Insane difficulty by December 25th. If you succeed, you'll be awarded the "exclusive Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocoal Weapon Skin Pack," which includes five extra weapons skins: a "Ghost Protocol" Lancer, Hammerburst, Retro Lancer, Gnasher Shotgun, and Sawed-off Shotgun.

If it wasn't obvious, this free DLC giveaway is part of a promo for the new Mission: Impossible movie.

Read more: Prizes for watching a trailer »

"Now a baguette weapon skin pack would be cool, no one could tell what you had equipped. Nice ..."
- =]Milo[=    See all 14 comments

Gears of War 3 free 'Versus Booster Map Pack' DLC available November 24

Gears of War 3 free 'Versus Booster Map Pack' DLC available November 24

Yet another piece of Gears of War 3 DLC has been announced today. Unlike the others announced so far, this will be the first free update for Epic's popular shooter.

The "Versus Booster Map Pack" will be available on November 24th, and will add five maps into the Gears of War 3 multiplayer mode. Its Thanksgiving Day release is intentional, as Epic says it's meant to "give thanks" to fans that have supported the franchise so far.

Read more: Horde Pack now available »

"I wouldn't be surprised if they are already on the disk. The Command pack's whooping 1.4 MB ..."
- Snuggles!!    See all 5 comments

Gears of War 3 art contest winners revealed

Gears of War 3 art contest winners revealed

Check out the three winners below of the Gears of War 3 Gears United / Artists United contest as announced by Epic Games and deviantART today. The contest challenged artists to create a work in any desired medium featuring at least one character from the game that "captures the soul-shattering spirit of Gears of War rendered in the Entrant's own original fan art." Entries could be solo efforts--as was the case for the first and second place winners--or co-op--as was the third place winner. For his winning entry, ~Aeonsend banked a $10,000 cash prize along with some nice goods. It's a dramatic image that definitely hits the Gears feel but for my money the third place winner pulls off the graphic novel look just right for Gears. Check out all three after the jump and decide for yourself.

Read more: see the winning art and judge's comments »

"The third one is decent, except where Anya looks like a guy :P Great pics all together, though^^"
- darthfusion    See all 7 comments

Meet the new Shacknews in a video tour

Related Topics – Unreal Development Kit, Epic
Meet the new Shacknews in a video tour

Hello, World

Good, it looks like this thing is working. Welcome all to the new Shacknews! Yes, as your first look already told you, we've given the place a massive overhaul. When we started talking about redesigning the Shack, we decided to go all the way and not just slap a new coat of paint on things. The changes you see--and those you don't behind the scenes--throughout the site reflect months of work toward the goal of creating a better Shacknews experience. Read more »

"Then you must be in the unicorn world and you see colours everywhere, because, YES, there is TOO ..."
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Report: Gears of War Movie Scaled Back; Budget Cut

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The LA Times is reporting that the Gears of War movie, based on the hit game from Epic and Microsoft, is being scaled back in both scope and budget.

Citing sources within New Line, the LA Times says that work on the project "has really slowed down." The director, Lee Wiseman ("Live Free or Die Hard", "Underworld"), is also moving on to another project. Read more »

"CG would be awesome. At least then you wouldn't have to worry about finding actors that kind of ..."
- DragonSire    See all 29 comments

Unreal Dev Kit Tutorial Videos Teach the Ropes

Related Topics – xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Unreal Engine, PC, Epic

A colossal 171-video series of Unreal Development Kit tutorials is now available on FileShack, teaching everything from the user interface and creating a simple level to making your own top-down game in Epic's free standalone edition of Unreal Engine 3.

All but one are by 3D Buzz, the folks behind the 'Mastering Unreal Technology' books and the tutorial videos included with the Special Edition of Unreal Tournament 2004. Read more »

"That's the workflow we use at Epic and recommend to our licencees. The basic gameplay area is ..."
- StevePolge    See all 42 comments

Free Unreal Dev Kit Surpasses 50,000 Users

Related Topics – Unreal Engine, PC, Epic

The free Unreal Development Kit has exceeded 50,000 users since its release one week ago, developer Epic Games announced today.

Providing access to the same Unreal Engine 3 tools and technology that power numerous retail titles, such as Epic's own Gears of War 2 and Unreal Tournament 3, the 563MB Unreal Development Kit is available for download from FileShack. Read more »

"#1 Torque3D is horrible. It's TGEA with a little boost in rendering and tools they should have ..."
- lcizzle    See all 34 comments

Epic Launches Free Unreal Development Kit

Related Topics – Trailer, screenshots, Unreal Engine, PC, Epic

Gears of War and Unreal developer Epic Games today released its Unreal Engine 3 dev tools as a free download, aimed at providing noncommercial and educational use of the technology that powers many PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 games.

The 563MB Unreal Development Kit can be found on FileShack, with various Unreal Tournament 3 assets included to help you get started. Two UDK-crafted sample games are also available: Psyonix's vertical puzzler Whizzle and Toltec's The Ball. Read more »

"Does anyone know what kind of support this has feature wise? Like do you have to use ..."
- free2game365    See all 126 comments

Unreal Engine 3 Trailer Shows Off Latest Additions

After demonstrating the latest additions to its multi-platform Unreal Engine 3 at Game Developers Conference, Epic has released a video to showcase said features.

The additions include a content browser for artists to easily find game assets, the multi-purpose Unreal Master Control Program architecture that allows users to track various online play statistics, and a new lighting feature dubbed "Unreal Lightmass." Read more »

"I'm curious about this too. I think it's really unfortunate that there isn't a good ..."
- Chris Remo    See all 89 comments

Gears of War Writer Says Epic Has '10-Year Plan,' Suggests Single-player GoW2 DLC

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During a panel at this year's New York Comic Con, Gears of War 2 writer Josh Ortega revealed that developer Epic has "a ten-year plan" for the action-centric franchise.

"Gears is long-term. The lancer is the new lightsaber," he added, according to IGN. The statements came in response to a question about a potential prequel. Read more »

"Not as clumsy or random as a flak cannon. An elegant weapon, from a more civilized age."
- the archvile    See all 30 comments

Epic: Xbox 360 Nearing Graphical Limit

Related Topics – Gears of War 2, xbox 360, Epic

Developers could soon hit the limits of the Xbox 360's graphics hardware, guessed senior Epic employee Rod Fergusson.

"I think we're certainly approaching the upper end of it, as far as what developers are able to do with it," Fergusson told Gamasutra. In the near term, gamers are covered: "There will be games in development that won't ship until 2010, and I'm sure they'll look killer," he assured. Read more »

"This correct. But the consoles can and do display 60FPS @ 720p for some games. They are not ..."
- MisterClaw    See all 82 comments

Unreal Engine 4 Due Next Console Generation; Estimated by Epic as 2012 to 2018, PC Coming Last

Related Topics – PC, Xbox 720, Epic, PlayStation 4

Following Epic's statement that the next iteration of its popular Unreal Engine development tools will target the PlayStation 4 and next Xbox first, president Mike Capps has roughly estimated that the next generation will run from 2012 to 2018.

"We've got Unreal [Engine] 4 in production right now," Capps said at GamesFest, according to Gamasutra "It's going to be in the next console generation--our rough guess is 2012 [to] 2018." Read more »

"Heh. At first I thought you'd gone to the trouble of making the crappier or less important games ..."
- crummynz    See all 104 comments

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