The firm said research indicates that more than half of Gears of War 3 players experienced the game without having played the 2006 release that spawned the series.
MS also released a new Gears of War: Judgment video entitled 'The Guts of Gears', offering a preview of new campaign features including "the dynamic Smart Spawn System, new weapons, dynamic defense scenarios, Declassified Missions, new player rewards, and more".
MS has confirmed a Gears of War: Judgment release date of March 19, 2013 in the US and March 22 in the UK.
As previously announced, all Gears of War: Judgment pre-orders from participating retailers will net users an exclusive in-game multiplayer weapon in the form of the Classic Hammerburst. Retailer exclusive pre-order incentives include GAME's Marcus multiplayer skin, Tesco's Dom multiplayer skin and Shop2's Alex Brand multiplayer skin, while other stores will be offering an Anya multiplayer skin.