Gears of WarMicrosoft should maintain their console shooter dominance throughout 2006, but with Halo 3 now rumored for a 2007 release, many Xbox 360 gamers were hoping that Gears of War would help fill the void. The good news is that Epic's highly anticipated sci-fi shooter will be making an E3 appearance this spring. However, EB Games and GameStop are listing a November release date for the finished product.

TeamXbox speculates that this initial release date could be a move on Microsoft's part to counter the PS3's expected launch title, Unreal Tournament 2007. Then again, Midway hasn't confirmed that the next Unreal will make the PS3 launch window, so what gives? Hopefully, we'll have a firm launch date next month at E3.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.

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