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Gears of War 3
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Developer(s) Epic Games
Publisher(s) Microsoft Studios
Series Gears of War
Release Date(s) September 20, 2011
Genre(s) Third-person shooter
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Platform(s) Xbox 360
Predecessor Gears of War 2
Successor Gears of War 4


Gears of War 3 is a 2011 military science fiction third-person shooter video game developed by Epic Games and published by Microsoft Studios for the Xbox 360. It is the third installment of the Gears of War series. Originally due for release on April 8, 2011, the game was delayed and eventually released on September 20, 2011 The story was written by science fiction author Karen Traviss.

Like its predecessors, the game received widespread critical acclaim from critics. Critics praised its story, voice acting, graphics and visuals, and music, but criticized its lack of innovation. Gears of War 3 sold over 3 million copies and was the second best selling game in the US.

A sequel, titled Gears of War 4, was announced in June 2015 and was released about a year later on October 11, 2016.