While we already know Gears of War 3 is on its way in April 2011, the game made its public debut earlier tonight on the Jimmy Fallon show, giving us our first 73-second look at the Xbox shooter.

As you can see in the teaser trailer shown above, Gears of War 3 introduces a number of new elements to the series, such as beards, double-barrel shotguns, big, tentacled bad guys and female soldiers.

The trailer looks fine, but what I liked best was how well Dude Huge came across on TV. Very presentable! We'll get you a high quality of the trailer as soon as one is made available OK, high quality trailer attached! Despite the earlier April 11 date, when pressed for an exact release date, Bleszinski told Fallon it would be out "probably April 8" Gears of War 3 will actually be out a little earlier than that.

Oh, and if you're wondering about the music featured, it's Heron Blue, by Sun Kil Moon.