Unless there's some last minute change, the Gears of War 3 multiplayer beta drops this April. The beta will include the maps Thrashball and Checkout, both shown off in the gallery below. There's also a third map and it's up to you to vote which map will be in the game.
The beta will include some of the new weapons too, such as the Retro Lancer, sawed-off shotgun, One Shot and Incendiary grenade. Expect the three game modes of the new version of Team Deathmatch, Capture the Leader and King of the Hill.
That's the quick and dirty of it. Want more info? Then check out my preview.