Gears of War: Judgment demo arrives in March, early access available in the US

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Microsoft and Epic Games have today announced that a Gears of War: Judgment multiplayer demo will become available to coincide with the game’s launch in March, while gamers in the US will be able to gain early access to the demo thanks to a special promotion.

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Regular Xbox LIVE Gold members will be able to grab the Gears of War: Judgment demo on March 19th – the day the game launches – but those of you in the US who pre-order Judgment at GameStop will have a chance at playing the taster on March 15th… but you’ll also have to be a PowerUp Rewards member through the retailer – here’s the skinny:

“The ‘early access’ experience for PowerUp Rewards members who preorder at GameStop will be available from Friday, March 15 at 11:59 p.m. PT to Monday, March 18 at 11:59 p.m. PT. This offer also applies retroactively to members who have previously preordered the game at GameStop.”

GameStop pre-order customers will also receive two exclusive skins for use in competitive multiplayer, detailed below:

‘Young Marcus’ character skin

“Decorated war hero Marcus Fenix is the legendary leader of Delta Squad, a small group of COG soldiers responsible for saving mankind from destruction at the hands of Locust and Lambent forces. This exclusive character skin takes Marcus back in time, six weeks after the end of the Pendulum Wars, and during the chaos of Emergence Day ‒ a time before he was hardened by his long imprisonment.”

Lambent weapon skin

“This exclusive weapon skin lets you show off your grub-slaying exploits and customize select weapons with the emulsion of your fallen Lambent foes.”

Also, if you pre-order Judgment from any retailer around the world, you’ll be eligible for the Classic Hammerburst weapon “a fearsome and effective weapon that served as the standard-issue assault rifle of the Locust Army.”

What’s neat about the demo (which will focus on the class-based ‘OverRun’ multiplayer mode of Judgment) is that any experience points you earn while playing online will be transferable to the full game once it’s available on March 19th. That’s only really useful if you’re playing early and already decided to buy the game on launch day, but it’s a nice touch.

Do you need a Gears of War: Judgment demo to tell you if you need to buy the full game or not? Or have you already decided one way or another? What do you think?

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