The beta for the last instalment of the Gears of War franchise will hit XBLA next month and we can't front: We're kinda geeked up about it. Epic and Microsoft have come up with a few dope incentives for gamers to strap up as Marcus Fenix before the retail version is released on 9/20. 

The beta will feature three new multiplayer modes and four exclusive maps will be rolled out during the beta period (4/25 - 5/15). Those who copped the 360 version of Bulletsorm Epic Edition will get access a week earlier, on 4/18. Users can play Deathmatch mode on four maps including: Thrashball, Checkout, Trenches, and Old Town (Capture the Leader and King of the Hill gameplay modes will be added later).

In addition to an early look you can also unlock a bunch of perks throughout the beta. Check the list below for full details:

Exclusive Beta Unlockables

  • Flaming Hammerburst
    Complete one match by Sunday, April 24 to permanently unlock.
  • Flaming Lancer
    Complete one match during the week of April 25 to permanently unlock.
  • Flaming Sawed-Off Shotgun
    Complete one match during the week of May 2 to permanently unlock.
  • Flaming Gnasher Shotgun
    Complete one match during the week of May 9 to permanently unlock.
  • Beta Tester Medal -- Wear it proudly, Gear.
    Complete one match in the Beta to permanently unlock.
  • Thrashball Cole -- Unlock Thrashball Cole to play as Augustus Cole as he was before Emergence Day -- a legendary Thrashball athlete known for his ferocious, flamboyant style.
    Complete 50 matches in any game type to unlock for the Beta period.
    To permanently unlock, complete 10 matches as Thrashball Cole during the Beta period.
  • Gold-Plated Retro Lancer -- Before the chainsaw bayonet was deployed at the beginning of the Locust-Human War, the original Lancer assault rifle had a large fixed blade.
    Complete 90 matches in any game type to unlock for the Beta period.
    To permanently unlock, score 100 kills with the Gold-Plated Retro Lancer during the Beta period.