Gears of War 3 pre-orders break 1m, 1.29m play beta

Wednesday, 18th May 2011 14:04 GMT By Patrick Garratt

Microsoft’s confirmed that Gears of War 3 pre-orders have now hit 1 million worldwide, making it the fastest pre-ordered title in Xbox 360 history.

The company also confirmed that 1.29 million users from 145 countries took part in the recent multiplayer beta for the game, which concluded on Sunday, with 11 million matches played throughout the taster. That’s at least over 249 years worth of matches.

Epic design boss Cliff Bleszinski called it “an overwhelming success.”

“We can’t thank the fans enough,” he 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.”

Here’s some more stats from the beta:

  • More than 927 kills recorded, 23 million of which were chainsaw kills.
  • 131 million executions carried out
  • 23 billion bullets were fired during the beta
  • 460 million ribbons and 294 million medals were earned
  • 435,000 people gained use to the Cole thrashball skin and 234,000 people were able to get hold of the Gold Retro Lancer, both of which are usable in the full game’s multiplayer.

Gears of War launches on September 20 worldwide for Xbox 360.



  1. reask

    Not trying to be smart as I own a 360 but would these figures have anything to do with lack of exclusive shooters on it this year.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Razor

    Last one before it makes the jump to PS3?

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Blerk

    I’m more inclined to think that the numbers are so high because people pre-ordered specifically for the beta code. I wonder how many of them then went on to cancel once they’d got it? :-)

    Gears is wildly popular, though. I can imagine it doing ‘quite well’ on the pre-order front.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. AHA-Lambda

    @3 – i did! :P

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    I’m interested to see how Uncharted 3 will do. I’m not so sure that they are going to be even close to that.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. LOLshock94

    uncharted 2 was a load of poop for me but i must say uncharted 3 looks like a good contender againest GOW3

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Razor

    Uncharted 3 will be nowhere near GoW3 numbers.

    Which is a crying shame. Sony can’t promote for shit.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Lahanas

    It deserves it, the beta was amazing. Excellent multiplayer.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. cheesy

    amazing GOW3 i got it preordered cant wait for it to turn up

    #9 4 years ago

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