Gears of War: Judgment gets a March 2013 release date

You may have finished the story of Marcus Fenix and Delta Squad with Gears of War 3, but the Gears franchise isn't finished with you yet. Today, Epic announced a March 19, 2013 release date for Gears of War: Judgment, a prequel to the main series that follows Damon Baird, Augustus Cole, and the rest of Kilo Squad as they recount the events leading up to their trial for treason. Epic also shared a video introduction to Gears of War: Judgment's new multiplayer mode, Overrun, which you can catch after the jump.

In the video below, we get a five minute preview of Judgment's Overrun mode. The video mainly serves as a means of introducing us to the classes that are available for the COG defenders and the Locust attackers. If you're playing COG, you'll get to pick from the Engineer, Soldier, Medic, and Scout; those playing Locusts get their pick of the Ticker, Wretch, Grenadier, Kantus, Bloodmount, Corpser, Serapede, and Mauler. COGs are tasked with defending a generator from being destroyed, while it's the Locust's job to destroy it. Sounds simple enough, no?

Gears of War: Judgment is the first game in the series that Epic is getting some help on. Bulletstorm developer and Epic subsidiary People Can Fly is giving Epic a hand with the development duties on Judgment, and strangely enough, this is the first Gears game that will be launching outside of autumn. Historically, all of the Gears games have launched just in time for the kickoff to the holiday shopping season, but Judgment is forgoing the typical autumn release date in favor of an early 2013 one instead. Perhaps Epic has something else planned for Gears' now-vacant autumn release slot? Probably not, but a man can dream, can't he?

[via Eurogamer]