Gears 3 Pre Orders Top 1 Million

Gears of War has always been a popular franchise amongst Xbox 360 owners and that shows no sign of stopping any time soon if the recent number of pre-orders are anything to go by – over one million of them have been placed worldwide meaning Gears 3 is the fastest pre-ordered Xbox360 exclusive title to date.

Fuelling the drive for pre-orders has been the public multiplayer beta, which came to a close on the 15th May. Over 1.29 million fans across 145 countries took part ranking up some truly fascinating statistics:

  • 1.29 million people participated in the beta
  • 145 different countries participated in the beta
  • 249 years’ worth of matches played
  • More than 11 million matches completed
  • More than 927 million kills recorded
  • More than 131 million executions performed
  • More than 23 million deaths by chainsaw
  • Nearly 23 BILLION bullets fired
  • 460 million ribbons and 294 million medals earned
  • 435 thousand people earned the beta exclusive Thrashball Cole skin to use in the retail game when it launches in September
  • 234 thousand people earned the beta exclusive Gold Retro Lancer to use in the retail game when it launches in September
  • Epic Games’ Design Director, Cliff Bleszinski, said: “while the beta was a fun way to give players an early taste of our game, it also provided us with invaluable feedback to help us refine and polish ‘Gears of War 3’ to ensure it’s truly the culmination of the trilogy we promised to the fans,” before going on to label the beta “an overwhelming success.”

    Gears of War 3 is out this September exclusively for Xbox 360.


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