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Gears 3 moves 3 million first week, franchise hits $1B sales

Thursday, 29 September 2011 14:03 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Microsoft has announced that Gears of War 3 has sold 3 million units during its first week on the market.

Announced by Major Nelson on his blog, the figure “cements Gears 3 as the biggest game of 2011,” and has helped push the franchise beyond $1 billion in lifetime sales, making it the first Xbox 360 exclusive franchise to eclipse the billion dollar milestone.

“In just one week, Gears 3 has already grossed more than any 2011 video game to date,” wrote Major Nelson.

“Gears of War was the first killer app for Xbox 360, and the series has continued to contribute directly to the overall success of the platform ever since,” said Microsoft CVP Phil Spencer. “Gears of War 3 kicked off the biggest Christmas period in Xbox history, setting the standard for the kind of amazing, action-packed experiences gamers should expect on Xbox 360 this year.”

The game’s debut topped the UK charts, making it the seventh biggest launch on 360 to date. It was also the 12th largest individual format launch for the region, and figures in the UK have it close to selling as many copies at launch as Gears of War 1 and 2 combined during the same periods.

Gears 3 was released worldwide on September 20, with more than 22,000 midnight madness launch events held for it.

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25 Comments

  1. Razor

    “cements Gears 3 as the biggest game of 2011″

    Why, why say this? He knows it’s not going to be true, even if it’s true at this moment in time.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Erthazus

    3 million? Thats insane.

    good luck Sony to achieve this at least with Uncharted 3.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Razor

    Uncharted 3 will be lucky to do 2 million in its first week.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Maximum Payne

    @1 Well SO FAR!
    But when BF3,MW3 and Skyrim comes out then will talk :D

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    @3, it will be lucky to do 400K in it’s first week.

    Look at Resistance 3… Crappy game, but barely moves around… 100K-200K

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Eric Draven

    RROD fans gloat and beat their dicks over sales because they have no other exclusives to play. LULZ

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Fin

    @6

    herp derp derp herp derp?

    #7 4 years ago
  8. MFBB

    #6 But it is kinda right.

    Sony has the most and best exclusive games for us so called core gamers.

    Nintendo coming in second with also great and many exclusive, but most of them are more childish/family like.

    Never understood why Microsoft dosnt buy more studios or makes contracts with 3rd party studios do develop more great xbox games.

    They have by far the most money of those big 3 companies.
    Gates alone as a private investor could produce 5 exclusives every year and his wallet wouldnt even care.

    PC sadly coming in last with almost no exclusives at all.

    Luckily I have a PC and console, I will always be fine :)

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Tech-N9ne

    Gears is AWESOME!

    I dunno, there’s something about PS3 exclusive apart from Uncharted that just does not interest me AT ALL. I only own Uncharted 1, 2 and would definitely be buying Uncharted 3 for my PS3.
    But Killzone 1,2 meh, Resistance 3 MEH. Well I guess I might try them again next summer if its as boring a this one on the game front.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. DaMan

    #8 There isn’t a single Sony exclusive I want to play, and I’ve been a harcore addi- gamer since roughly 1990 therefore they have the worst out of the three.

    dycwidt?

    #10 4 years ago
  11. PEYJ

    Great sales for GEOW! Those are of course shipped to retailers but when the last copy has been sold it will probably have past the 6 Mio mark.

    As for those projected numbers on RE3 they are naturally out of proportion. In the UK alone it was number 4 the first week and number 3 the second week, and that was on the all chart list.

    This makes it unlikely to have sold only 100-200 k. Combine this with the figures for NA and Japan and the 500 000 mark has probably been passed. In lifetime sales it will surely pass the 2 mio mark and that is what PS exlusives sell at normally: 2-4 mio in lifetime sales.

    In other words: both Sony and Microsoft are doing fine.

    Stop trusting vgchartz’s PAL sales: they have no idea what the figures for Europe, North Africa and the Middle East are.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Lahanas

    Well deserved. GOTY so far.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. RRODboxnogames

    #10″There isn’t a single Sony exclusive I want to play” Are you honestly saying you would rather play a dull brown game with a cheesy story then play 12 unique colorful games that come out this year for ps3?

    yeah ok have fun rolling around whilst spamming rockets over and over again
    i bet you like them big muscles fagget.

    this game generally doesnt deserve the sales, but thats kids for you they love bloody dull games.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Erthazus

    “There isn’t a single Sony exclusive I want to play, and I’ve been a harcore addi- gamer since roughly 1990 therefore they have the worst out of the three.”

    so much irony here. Said a guy who is an Apple and Halo Fanboy. Dear mother nature what have you created :D

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Fin

    @13

    Man, have you seen the rainbows in Killzone 3 and Resistance? I had to wear sunglasses they were so bright.
    Also, no rockets in Gears.

    Fuck off an troll somewhere else.

    Also, EVERYONE STFU ABOUT CONSOLES.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. OrbitMonkey

    If it hadn’t been for Epic showing MS how Gears ran with 512 RAM, the 360 would have shipped with 256 RAM… Another reason for it to be so highly regarded :)

    #16 4 years ago
  17. DaMan

    Erthazus, you’re such a moron.

    Not only my point was that it depends on taste, but you silly lonely piece of shit couldn’t even look up ‘cwydt’. Dumbass, people here are making you a favour talking with you. At least then you can poorly paraphrase their statements, commie bastard. You know it’s true, you sad anime version of Ellochka Ludoedka.

    I ‘m starting to understand many of the issues with you now, you merely can’t understand most of the things people say.

    I’m no Halo fanboy, and I never kept on saying how it’s the best thing ever made, I even clearly stated that there’s no such thing as the best game or fps. Now on the other hand, you, stupid bolshevik waste of sperm, kept on going with your retarded farcical hate for years. I once linked to a Kotaku article where you started your idiotic whining without being able to spell ‘Bungie’ properly.

    I’m no fanboy of Apple either, every single thing I state is throughly researched and validated, contrary to say, your made up bullshit.

    You’re a retard and a twat, who keeps on trying to trick people who ‘re even more ignorant into thinking you know anything.

    Go back to your Narva, err I mean Riga shithole, sin polka. You’re a moron who fails at speech, taste, and understanding of every single subject being discussed on the internet. Well, at least you have someone to talk to, twat.

    Oh, and regarding Phony:
    http://mosii.gametrailers.com/users/Erthazus/gamepad/?action=viewblog&id=475831

    Look up the word ‘trony’. lmao.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. RRODboxnogames

    #15 See thats the thing you only named 2 of the ps3 exclusives this year killzone 3 and resistance are “duller” but little big planet, infamous uncharted… are brighter. you get so much more variety on the ps3 which is why i got pissed off when #10 says hes not interested in any ps3 exclusive but hes happy with just gears coming out this year for the 360.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Gekidami

    lol Battle of the trolls.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. DaMan

    #18 I’m not happy with Gears, and I never stated that in any comment (you did). Imagination.

    In fact, I can’t stand this piece of crap alongside it’s meatheads. And it wasn’t about just this year.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Gadzooks!

    That’s some good sales right there. Well deserved too. Gears 3 is right up there with Halo:Reach as the best shooter ever as far as I’m concerned.

    There’s so much game here and it’s amazingly polished. A new graphical benchmark on consoles and a significant step up overall from Gears 2 which was already an amazing package.

    The release delay was well worth it. Easy GOTY for me.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Daodan

    1 billion. Holy christ.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. manamana

    Horde with friends: Best thing since Gauntlet.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. daytripper

    congrats epic, well deserved

    #24 4 years ago
  25. Henry

    RROD is really a very old thing, just like YLOD.

    #25 4 years ago

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  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

    Square Enix is celebrating the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by offering Xbox Live members in the UK a free rental of Battle Royale. Starting Saturday, March 28 and through Sunday, March 29, Xbox Live members in the UK will be able to rent Battle Royale through the Xbox Video Store, for free. The […]

  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

    Bloodborne is both like and unlike the Souls games. Brenna descends into Yharnam with reluctance and trepidation. Need help succeeding in Bloodborne? You need our Bloodborne walkthrough and boss guide. Bloodborne isn’t Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls. Let’s get that out of the way right off. I enjoyed both Dark Souls games, but it was […]

  • PS Store Easter sale discounts MGS: Ground Zeroes, Far Cry 4, more

    The Easter Sale is live on the EU PS Store, with Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes for less than £10, FIFA 15 Deluxe Edition for £30 and other savings. Some of the PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita discounts are valid through April 8, other through April 15. PlayStation Plus members can also take an […]

  • Bloodborne video: how to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam

    Here’s a video for Bloodborne players showing a quick way to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam. It also provides a look at things you may have missed in Central Yharnam and The Sewers, courtesy of VaatiVidya. Don’t forget, we have guides posted for the game with more updates coming soon. Bloodborne released in […]

  • Bloodborne issue prevents summons at Vicar Amelia fight

    A Bloodborne bug has prevented players calling on help to take on one of the nasty early bosses. Bloodborne bosses are significantly easier to take down in co-op. Unfortunately, at least one of them is proving difficult to find help for – and not just because not many players have obtained the Small Resonant Bell […]

  • Mass Effect 3 on sale on EU PSN, but not free

    Mass Effect 3 is discounted on the European PSN, but it’s not free. Update 2: The option to add to cart now lets you choose between the free trial or full version. The full version is on sale for £6.49 or £5.84 for PlayStation Plus members. The free trial is of course is still available, […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Race to Elite winners announced, one player makes £10,000

    The winners of Elite: Dangerous’ Race To Elite competition have been announced, with one player receiving the grand prize of £10,000. Back when Elite: Dangerous launched, developer Frontier announced a competition that would award players to first reach Elite rank in trading, exploration, or combat, a prize of £1,000 each. The grand prize – £10,000 […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: How to make the most money with Special Bonuses and Elite Challenges

    You’re not hitting heists for the good of your health. Here’s how to max cash rewards. Money. GTA Online players love it. Greenbacks are the core of the entire experience, allowing you to buy the best weapons, vehicles and stupid haircuts. Heists, as promised, gives more opportunities than ever to earn serious cash, but once […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 coming tomorrow

    PlayStation 4 firmware 2.50, codenamed Yukimura, is due for release tomorrow, March 26. Firmware update 2.50 for PlayStation 4 will be launching tomorrow, March 26, Sony has announced. Codenamed Yukimura, the system update is promised to bring suspend/resume feature, trophy sync improvements, accessibility options, and much more. 2.50 has been in beta testing a while […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges and more

    Heists aren’t the only addition in GTA Online’s latest DLC – there’s a lot of content that can earn you big RP and cash payouts. GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges While heists are the talking point and big payoff after more than a year of waiting, there’s a […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: what’s the best Police sniper rifle?

    What’s the best bolt-action, Police sniper rifle for the Professional class in Battlefield Hardline? Let us help you answer that question. As you’re probably aware, Battlefield Hardline weapons are class specific and faction specific. This makes deciding on a good weapon and loadout much harder than it was in Battlefield 4. Which is where Westie […]

  • Evolve 1.3 patch nerfs Wraith, adjusts Kraken

    Evolve is receiving a new patch that aims to put an end to the Wraith’s dominance. Evolve developer Turtle Rock outlined a few of the changes coming in patch 1.3. The patch brings balance changes to the monsters – mainly the Wraith – as well as other various changes to Hunters’ tools based on player […]

  • Bloodborne: watch the opening 40 minutes

    The opening minutes of Bloodborne really do set the stage for what’s to come. They’ll also help you decide if this game is for you. Arekkz Gaming has captured the first 40 minutes of Bloodborne. Complete with the opening cutscene, and the first few obstacles you’ll face. The video is commentary free, so wear headphones […]

  • YouTube will relaunch livestreaming service with focus on eSports and gaming – report

    According to industry sources, Google is preparing to relaunch YouTube’s livestreaming service with a focus on eSports and gaming. According to anonymous sources speaking to TheDailyDot, Google is planning to bring back YouTube’s livestreaming service. The company is said to have started recruiting around 50 engineers with experience in the field, “a pretty big statement […]

  • I think I’m too old for Final Fantasy 15

    Final Fantasy 15 was nine years in the making – and counting. Are we the same people we were in 2006? Final Fantasy 15: Episode Duscae A demo available for PS4 and Xbox One. Offers a couple of hours of gameplay. More if you jump over the borders. Bundled with Final Fantasy 15 Type-0 and […]

  • New multiplayer mode for Splatoon announced

    Nintendo has sent over three screenshots for Splatoon along with information on the Wii U another of the title’s multiplayer modes. Called Ranked Battle, it keeps track of each player’s online ranking. Splat Zones is one of the additional ways to play online in this mode. It differs from Turf War, which is the main […]

  • 2015 WoW Arena World Championship has a $250,000 prize pool

    Blizzard has announced the WoW Arena World Championship will culminate at BlizzCon 2015. World of Warcraft 3v3 Arena teams from around the globe will compete for spot at the 2015 WoW Arena World Championship and for a share in the $250,000 prize pool. Online qualifiers will be held for North America, Southeast Asia, Australia, New […]