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E3 2012: Epic Games’ Rod Fergusson reveals a secret about Gears of War 3 for our South African gamers

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While we were at E3 last week, we attended a presentation for the newly revealed Gears of War: Judgment given by Rod Fergusson, Director of Production at Epic Games.

Before the presentation kicked off we chatted to Fergusson about the great Gears of War players we have here in South Africa, as well as about our weekly Gears of War Wednesday events. Naturally he was really happy to hear the game has a lot of support locally.

Epic Games' Rod Fergusson

Just after the presentation ended, while we were watching E3 attendees testing out the new multiplayer mode called OverRun, Fergusson came up to Oliver and I again. He went on to share an interesting bit of trivia about Gears of War 3 that we thought you would find really interesting!

You probably know that Samantha Byrne, known as Sam, in Gears of War 3 is a member of the Delta squad and served alongside Marcus. You may even know that Sam is voiced by Claudia Lee Black, an Australian voice actress who also lent her voice as Chloe Frazer in the Uncharted series.

Gears of War 3 - Sam

Sam Byrne, pictured front and centre between Damon Baird and Augustus Cole in Gears of War 3

But what you probably don’t know is that Epic Games wanted Sam to be a South African character in the game. They auditioned countless American actresses for the role, but didn’t find the right fit for the accent. Eventually they cast Claudia, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Gears of War 3 Screenshot 1

Maybe Gears of War: Judgment will feature a South African character – who do you think would be best to provide the voice for this role?

Read our preview of Gears of War: Judgment to find out more about what you can expect from the new multiplayer mode OverRun, and stay tuned to El33tonline for more updates in the coming weeks and months.


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