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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Epic Games’ creative genius Cliff Bleszinki – better known in the videogame business as Cliffy B – is going to announce the Cary company’s next title on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” next week.

So wrote Fallon in a “tweet” on Twitter last night. Whether this is the final confirmation Epic is preparing “Gears of War 3” remains to be seen. no more details.

Apparently this is not a joke. The videogame Web site IGN reported that an

Plus, Cliffy B has used Twitter himself to drop hints about upcoming Epic news.

If true (another Web blog in Australia reported today that Cliffy B and Epic were working on a Sesame Street title), the Epic news will add to the buzz surrounding the Triangle Game Conference, which is set for next week in Raleigh.

Here’s Jimmy’s full tweet:

“Game designer Cliff Bleszinski (@therealcliffyb) debuts his new game on Late Night next Thur. Set your TiVos! And your Xboxes.”

Late Night airs at 12:35 a.m. and Fallon says tune in on April 8.

The Edge reported last month that Epic would unveil the first video trailer of Gears 3 on April 8. That turns out to be the same day as Cliffy B’s appearance on Late Night.

The Gears franchise has produced two multi-million copy sellers plus books, comics, toys, action figures and much more. A movie, too is planned.

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