There will be a Gears of War: Judgment multiplayer demo, and it'll kick off on March 15th...but only if you pre-order the game from GameStop.
So that's a big middle digit to anyone outside of the US.
According to Major Nelson, any fans who pre-order a copy of Gears of War: Judgment online or at any GameStop location nationwide will get exclusive three-day early access to the demo from March 15th, with the demo available publicly to all Xbox LIVE Gold members on March 19th when the full game launches worldwide.
Maybe it's just us, but we'd want loads of people to try our game in the hopes of knocking sales out of the park on day one. Hmmm...
The early access experience will last from Friday, March 15th at 11:59 p.m. PT to Monday, March 18th at 11:59 p.m. PT, and all XP earned in the demo will carry over into the final game "for players who purchase and play Judgment in the first week following its U.S. release, allowing them to get a jump on the competition and begin unlocking special rewards, like new weapon skins, medals and achievements".
As well as nabbing you the demo, and a look at the game's signature multiplayer mode - OverRun, pre-ordering at GameStop will also net players a "Young Marcus" character skin, and a Lambent weapon skin.
We've contacted Microsoft to enquire as to whether the UK will be receiving any pre-order bonuses too. Don't hold your breath, though.