Epic Games said it expects this month's Gears of War 3
multiplayer beta to attract a number of players "around the 1 million range."
Executive producer Rod Fergusson told CVG
the company is "not trying to set any records, we're not trying to beat anybody for highest number of players on a beta." The company's goal is to "get enough data to help us make a better game," he said.
Last year's beta for Halo: Reach
-- Bungie's largest multiplayer beta yet -- attracted 2.7 million players
, most of whom received access via a prior purchase of Halo: ODST
Xbox 360 owners that purchased Bulletstorm: Epic Edition
will get first access to the Gears of War 3
beta on April 18. Xbox Live Gold subscribers who pre-ordered the game from GameStop (in the U.S) or GAME and GameStation (in the U.K.) will get beta access on April 25.
The highly anticipated follow-up to 2008's Gears of War 2
was originally planned for a full release this month, before being delayed to a fall 2011 release window
and later pegged for a September 20 launch date
Fergusson has previously said
the delay was made partly to give the development team a chance to incorporate feedback from the beta.