The announcement was made via the game's official web site Friday morning. While the reasoning behind the new release date that Epic Games uses is rather vague, it seems that the company just needed more development time.
"I know fans are going to be disappointed with the new release date, but rest assured that this is a business decision between partners, and not a quality issue," Epic Games Executive Producer Rod Fergusson said on the Gears of War web site. "Gears 3 was on track to be the most polished Gears of War game ever when it released in April, and this additional time allows us to polish it that much more before it hits shelves next fall. Next week we have a major multiplayer press visit at Epic HQ, and I'm really looking forward to the fans seeing and hearing about Gears 3 versus multiplayer for the first time. Lots more exciting news to come."
Epic added that a major multiplayer press even is scheduled at its headquarter next week. The full statement from Epic Games can be found at gearsofwar.xbox.com.
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