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Gears of War 3 box art revealed

Following yesterday's announcement of an official release date for Gears of War 3, we now have the official box art as well. What will the game you pick up on September 20 look like? This:

At last night's preview event for the multiplayer beta (watch for our hands-on impressions later today), Gears creator Cliff Bleszinski discussed how happy his team was with this box art, especially because of the visual evolution from entry to entry. Lining up the three games, we see what he means. The color palette gets a little brighter and more hopeful each time, while Marcus gets a little moodier and less hopeful. An interesting contrast.

In the wider, wallpaper-worthy version of the box art below, you'll notice other clues and teases for Gears of War 3 as well. Anya is holding the new Retro Lancer, with a bayonet blade instead of a chainsaw, while Dom is armed with the new Sawed-Off Shotgun and Cole is equipped with the new One Shot. Lambent Stalks attack soldiers in the background and Locust slave ships fly through the skies above. Finally, check out what's lying next to Baird's feet… a broken JACK? Say it ain't so!


Click here for a closer look

Got an opinion on the new Gears 3 box art? Notice something we didn't? Share away in the comments.

UPDATE: We just noticed that the soldier closest to certain death in the image above is none other than... Carmine! Click the link for a supersized version, then study the background between Anya and Baird. See who that stalk is about to impale? Wonder which way the vote went...

Feb 24, 2011

32 comments

  • Bakerboy333 - February 26, 2011 3:51 p.m.

    Is that Carmine behind Baird getting owned by the lambent stalk???
  • jackthemenace - February 25, 2011 10:09 p.m.

    YES! Carmine Dying! I had to vote that way, not because i didn't like the Carmine's, but if we lose tradtition, what DO we have? And YES! FINALLY! That levitating B@$T@RD finally gets what he deserves! I thought i saw that in a picture i saw the other day on FB, and i was hoping so much that you wouldn't notice it so i could be all cool and nerdy and point it out to everyone -.- Ah well, I guess I'll just go back to dreaming about FINALLY getting a 'first' comment. I love those so much [/Bullcr@p]
  • jackthemenace - February 25, 2011 10:09 p.m.

    YES! Carmine Dying! I had to vote that way, not because i didn't like the Carmine's, but if we lose tradtition, what DO we have? And YES! FINALLY! That levitating B@$T@RD finally gets what he deserves! I thought i saw that in a picture i saw the other day on FB, and i was hoping so much that you wouldn't notice it so i could be all cool and nerdy and point it out to everyone -.- Ah well, I guess I'll just go back to dreaming about FINALLY getting a 'first' comment. I love those so much [/Bullcr@p]
  • NaughtySnape - February 25, 2011 9:49 p.m.

    Poor Jack. His invisible robotic ass helped us through thick and thin...
  • Nightbus - February 25, 2011 8:31 p.m.

    What's with the weird flying beasties on the left side of the aerial battle?
  • batman5273 - February 25, 2011 4:19 a.m.

    I noticed 2 things; looks like there is an ariel battle between the Cog King Raven Helicopters. And is Jack dead?
  • Ariaka - February 25, 2011 4:16 a.m.

    Welp, there goes Carmine again? XD
  • Dumas - February 25, 2011 3:03 a.m.

    Has anybody looked at Cole or Baird's face when you "Click here for a closer look"? HAHAHAHAHHAHA Cole's cross-eyed and Baird looks well funny (He should of been wearing his goggles, Then my dissing of Baird on the box art could've been avoided)
  • GodofPS314 - February 25, 2011 2:10 a.m.

    I don't like how Marcus is in the very center, but other than that it is really nice looking and detailed. Plus Carmine dying in the background is hysterical!
  • KaiokenKid - February 25, 2011 12:50 a.m.

    I like it. In other news: HOLY SHIT DID YOU SEE THAT SKYRIM GAMEPLAY VIDEO!?
  • SNIPEXBARRAGE - February 25, 2011 12:43 a.m.

    A closer looks may show that Clay Carmine is in danger of the Lambent but his ally is shooting at the claw coming his way so he may still be saved showing us the vote is still unclear.
  • batmanboy11 - February 25, 2011 12:30 a.m.

    S'okay. Also, damn it Carmines, stop dying!
  • GamesRadarCharlieBarratt - February 24, 2011 11:47 p.m.

    Article updated with possible Carmine death!
  • gamefreakl1996 - February 24, 2011 10:24 p.m.

    wonder if the third Carmine brother will duie in this one, if I remember correctly theres one whos name starts with a, one wiht b, and one with c, creative, arn't they?
  • Spybreak8 - February 24, 2011 10:24 p.m.

    Read through the books, it's going to be fun to play Anya (normally a CIC/logistics handler). Yeah that box art is sweet. I can't wait.
  • 435 - February 24, 2011 10:13 p.m.

    @Fuzunga: Contrast. Light colored background + light font = unreadable.
  • shaft121 - February 24, 2011 9:26 p.m.

    The font is black so it would show up better against the background I assume. I like the shift of angle to reflect the dominance of the characters. Starting with a shot from above on the first game to show they were weak leading to the overarching dominance in number 3 with a low shit looking up.
  • CH3BURASHKA - February 24, 2011 9:23 p.m.

    Marcus must have been hell to work with, what with him refusing to act and murder fools unless he got to be in the center of every box he was on. What a drama queen...
  • Jesse1066 - February 24, 2011 9:08 p.m.

    The small version says RP (rating pending). My guess is that it will be rated M.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - February 24, 2011 9:05 p.m.

    Real men NEVER act safely around live weapons. Also, durrhurrhurrOMGGURLOLOLHAWTTT.

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