While fans were disappointed about the delay, many will be able to get some hands-on time with Gears of War 3 before long -- Epic has announced a multiplayer beta, complete with dedicated servers.
The servers should help out with the poor matchmaking many have complained about in the past besides decreasing lag, while the beta will do what betas do -- make a great game even better. In the long run, we're sure Gears players will thank Epic for it -- a little patience goes a long way, sirs.
The beta is expected to arrive about April 2011. More details will arrive before too long, so check back.