Gears of War 3 getting beta and DEDICATED SERVERS

What? YES! It took three games, but Gears of War 3 will finally bring much-needed dedicated servers to the franchise, something that should help put paid to a multitude of online issues that have plagued this series since inception. 

“In addition to a swath of online code improvements, we’re bringing dedicated servers to Gears of War 3 to drive a balanced, optimized, and thrilling online experience for Gearheads everywhere,” says the Epic/OXM promotional page.

This is fantastic news. I’ve always been a fan of Gears of War, but I’ve never been able to play each game online for more than a couple weeks before I got thoroughly sick of hosting issues and all the other online bullshit. The last time I tried to play, I was stuck in a lobby for twenty minutes, then the asshole host quit the game the second it begun. 

I don’t want to praise Epic for putting something into a game that ought to have been standard, but damn if I’m not bloody thrilled. Oh, and a beta’s coming at some point … that’s good as well.

Jim Sterling