Bulletstorm to include Gears of War 3 beta

But only if you buy the Epic Edition pack...

Mental shooter Bulletstorm is set to include access to the Gears of War 3 multiplayer beta - but you're going to have to buy the premium box to get it.

Epic's announced that purchasers of Epic Edition copies of Bulletstorm - which is set to cost $59.99 in the States - are guaranteed "early access" to the Gears 3 beta, which suggests there'll be a chance for everyone else to get on the trial at a later date.


In addition, the Epic Edition offers bonus in-game Bulletstorm content when playing online, including 25,000 experience points, visual upgrades for the leash, Peace Maker Carbine, boots and armour.

Epic previously said the Gears 3 beta's due to kick off in early 2011.

"Epic is poised to break new ground in 2011 with Gears of War 3 and Bulletstorm," said Dr. Michael Capps, president of Epic Games of the news.

"With these two highly anticipated triple-A experiences comes a unique opportunity to do something to really excite players, and that's what we intend to accomplish with the support of Microsoft Game Studios and EA. This is for the shooter fans."

It's out on Feb 25 in Europe and Feb 22 in North America.