It has been officially confirmed by Microsoft that Gears of War 3 Epic Edition will not be available in South Africa as well as few other regions, all thanks to some exclusivity deal signed with Gamestop in the U.S.
Microsoft told "LazyGamer":
SA will , unfortunately, not be getting the EPIC edition of GOW3. An exclusive deal was signed overseas, and a few markets had to give back their allocations to allow for it to happen.
I have been in touch with the retailers to remove their listings, so that it no longer becomes an issue of false advertising – and anyone who has preordered already, will receive an additional limited edition item.
However, they will purchase Limited Edition, and not Epic as desired – there is just nothing we can do about it I am afraid.
Hope that clears it up,