According to this press release on GamerScoreBlog, pre-orders for Gears of War 2 are now greater than those seen for the first game.
In addition, Epic's confirmed a previous rumour that maps from the original game would be included with the sequel, and they've been graphically updated. Yum.
From the announcement:
- Flashback Map Pack and Xbox LIVE Gold Trial Membership
Everyone who purchases a copy of “Gears of War 2” will receive an Xbox LIVE token to download the Flashback Map Pack for FREE. The Flashback Map Pack will be available immediately at launch, and consists of five popular maps from the original “Gears of War,” including: Canals, Gridlock, Mansion, Subway and Tyro Station. Each map has been specially updated with new graphics for “Gears of War 2.” In addition, every copy of “Gears of War 2” will include a code for a 48-hour Xbox LIVE Gold membership.
- Gold-Plated Lancer Rifle
For gamers looking to distinguish themselves online in multiplayer matches, an Xbox LIVE token to unlock an in-game gold-plated version of the iconic Lancer Assault Rifle will be included in the Limited Edition of “Gears of War 2.”
- Get Started with Gamerscore
The game’s developers will provide helpful gameplay hints and insights in a series of exclusive video interviews with the Gamerscore team available to Xbox LIVE GOLD members on November 7th.
More through there. The game's out on November 7.