When asked on variety program Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Gears of War 3 would be released, designer Cliff Bleszinski replied, "probably April 8." Microsoft is giving another date for North America, however.
According to an official release, Microsoft states that Gears of War 3 will be out on "April 5, 2011 in North America and Asia, April 7 in Japan, and April 8 in Europe and the rest of the world."
Previously, it was thought that Gears of War 3 would be released in North America on April 8 or April 11.
Kotaku AU Note: We'll confirm with Microsoft asap whether Australia is part of "North America and Asia" or "Europe and the rest of the world." We're putting our money on an April 5 release here.
UPDATE: We lost our money. Xbox Australia this morning confirmed Gears of War 3 will launch here on April 8.