The fastest rising superstar in todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hip-hop music scene is teaming up with Microsoft Game Studios and Epic Games to lend his voice to the biggest blockbuster game of 2011, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Gears of War 3,Ã¢â‚¬Â only on Xbox 360. Set to release his much-anticipated debut album, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Thank Me Later,Ã¢â‚¬Â on June 15, Grammy-nominated recording artist Drake is voicing Jace Stratton, a new playable character in the upcoming finale to one of the most celebrated sagas in video games.
In the finale to one of gamingÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s most recognizable sagas, Epic has added four player cooperative campaign gameplay, allowing them to bring characters from the extended Ã¢â‚¬Å“GearsÃ¢â‚¬Â universe to life.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Jace is a central character in the comic books, so he was an obvious choice as a character we wanted to bring into the third game,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Epic Executive Producer Rod Fergusson. Ã¢â‚¬Å“When we began casting for the role, Ã¢â‚¬ËœSo Far GoneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ had just released, and DrakeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s combination of heart and grit was just what we were looking for. Rather than search for somebody who sounded like him, it was clear that we should approach him directlyÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ fortunately he turned out to be a huge fan.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“When Epic came to me with the role, I couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t pass it up,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Drake. Ã¢â‚¬Å“TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve created an amazing character in Jace, and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m looking forward to my tour in Delta Squad.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Developed by acclaimed studio Epic Games and published by Microsoft Game Studios, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Gears of War 3Ã¢â‚¬Â launches worldwide in April 2011, only on Xbox 360. The Ã¢â‚¬Å“Gears of WarÃ¢â‚¬Â series is one of the most popular franchises in Xbox history, having sold more than 12 million copies worldwide, and spawning New York Times best-selling novels, an upcoming film and more.