Microsoft has announced that the soundtrack for Gears of War 3 will be released on September 20th.

From the press release:

    Sumthing Else Music Works, Inc., through its licensing relationship with Epic Games, Inc. proudly presents Gears of War® 3 The Soundtrack. Gears of War 3 is the spectacular conclusion to one of the most memorable and celebrated sagas in video games, having sold more than 13 million games worldwide. Developed exclusively for Xbox 360 by acclaimed studio Epic Games, Gears of War 3 plunges players into a harrowing tale of hope, survival and brotherhood. Gears of War 3: The Soundtrack will be released simultaneously with the game’s launch on 20th September, 2011, to retail outlets through Sumthing Else Music Works www.sumthing.com and for digital download at www.sumthingdigital.com, Amazon MP3, iTunes® and other digital music sites.

    Gears of War 3 The Soundtrack features the original music score by Steve Jablonsky who also wrote the music for Gears of War 2, Michael Bay’s The Island, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Transformers movies. The veteran film composer created nearly 80 minutes of new music for the latest installment of the Gears of War franchise. The score is an impressive organic and electronic hybrid mix featuring live orchestra and choir performed by the Northwest Sinfonia and mixed by Remote Control Productions.

    Composer Steve Jablonsky: “Gears of War 3 is huge. It was like scoring a summer blockbuster. I love the guys at Epic because to them, the characters and the story are just as important as the gameplay. Yes, the gameplay is awesome and badass, but there is a ton of depth to these characters, and I think that’s a big part of why so many people love this franchise. Epic’s commitment to story allows me to dig deeper musically and really have some fun with the score.”

    In Gears of War 3, players fight on as Marcus Fenix, the grizzled war hero and leader of Delta Squad. Eighteen months after the fall of the last human city in Gears of War 2, the war against the Locust rages on, but a new enemy has emerged. Deep beneath the surface, a fearsome new threat, the Lambent, is infecting the planet from within. With survivors scattered and civilization in ruins, time is running out for Marcus and his comrades as they take up their Lancers to make one last push that will ultimately decide the fate of humanity.