OG Slick x Gears of War 3

Microsoft and Epic Games announced Thursday (June 2) that infamous graffiti artist, OG Slick, will be rejoining the team to contribute artwork to the upcoming “Gears of War 3” game title.

“OG Slick’s art adds a layer of stark realism to the embroiled environments found in the game,” said a press release.

As an internationally acclaimed street artist, Slick first worked with the “Gears of War 3” team during the 2010 E3 convention in Los Angeles, designing an exclusive tee that marked the announcement of the game.

“Graffiti has always been a part of the ‘Gears’ universe,” said Cliff Bleszinski, Design Director at Epic. “The series’ signature Crimson Omen logo began as an in-game street tag that Stranded civilians used to mark off combat zones between COG soldiers and the Locust, so as we deepen the universe in ‘Gears 3,’ we wanted to add additional street art elements to the new urban game environments. It made perfect sense to bring in a renowned artist like Slick as a part of the team.”

To celebrate the collaboration, OG Slick created a limited edition “Gears of War” t-shirt to debut at E3 2011 on June 7 in Los Angeles, based on one of his designs for the game.

“I’m a ‘Gears’ fan at heart and had a blast working on the ‘I GEARS LA’ shirt at last year’s show,” said Slick. “When Epic said they wanted me to graffiti in the game itself, I couldn’t say yes fast enough. I’m honored they think so highly of my style to immortalize it in the game and with the Hot Topic shirt.”

The limited edition OG Slick x Gears of War 3 tee will be available only in Hot Topic retail stores across North America starting June 8. As an added bonus, you’ll be able to deck out your Xbox avatar with the shirt as well, also available June 8 on Xbox LIVE Marketplace for 80 Microsoft points.

“Gears of War 3” launches worldwide on September 20. Pre-order your copy now at Amazon.com.