May 18th 2011 6:00 am PT

Gears of War 3 Pre-Order Top 1-million

And becomes the Fastest Pre-Ordered Title in Xbox 360 Platform History

Today, Microsoft and Epic Games announced Gears of War 3 surpassed one million worldwide pre-orders, making it the fastest pre-ordered Xbox exclusive title to reach this milestone in the history of the platform.

Over the course of four weeks, 1.29 million players played more than 11 million multiplayer matches. Here are some of the other interesting stats:

- 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
- 4.9 billion ribbons and 291M medals earned
- 435K people earned the Beta exclusive Thrashball Cole skin to use in the retail game when it launches in September
- 234K people earned the Beta exclusive Gold Retro Lancer to use in the retail game when it launches in September

Developed by Epic Games, Gears of War 3 is available for preorder today in three distinct editions – Standard ($59.99 USD), Limited ($79.99) and Epic ($149.99). Gears of War 3 will launch on September 20, 2011.

Update: Clarified that this is the fastest selling pre-order for Xbox 360

Gears of War, Press Release By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • http://twitter.com/Und3rGrndKing Und3rGrndKing

    I feel Gears 3 will be what Halo 3 was in 2008 this time around, Epic, pun intended. ;)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ETUFYB2YFE3XKRTO3IXEJGMEXE Guy

    Amazing! 145 countries participated in the beta, yet in most of them Xbox Live is not even officially supported. People basically have to lie about their home address and risk being banned from the service because as far as I know doing this is basically a breach of the Xbox Live EULA.

    Congratulations on the achievement for both MS and Epic, but is proper international support for Xbox Live too much to ask? I know that people in some regions had to create US VPN accounts in order to even participate a beta they had a valid key for.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ETUFYB2YFE3XKRTO3IXEJGMEXE Guy

    Amazing! 145 countries participated in the beta, yet in most of them Xbox Live is not even officially supported. People basically have to lie about their home address and risk being banned from the service because as far as I know doing this is basically a breach of the Xbox Live EULA.

    Congratulations on the achievement for both MS and Epic, but is proper international support for Xbox Live too much to ask? I know that people in some regions had to create US VPN accounts in order to even participate a beta they had a valid key for.

  • http://twitter.com/Thorpe Luke

    Really can’t wait for Gears 3. Don’t delete your Gears 3 beta save file if you want the unlockables to carry over!

  • Anonymous

    I got the gold retro lancer :D 

    • http://twitter.com/SamboTaylor Sam Taylor

       So did 234,000 other people…

  • Anonymous

    I got the gold retro lancer :D 

  • http://twitter.com/megaplushie Stephen Smith

    I stopped playing the beta before I even got anywhere close to unlocking that Gold Retro Lancer. Thrashball Cole > GRL.

    Also, RIP Halo.

  • http://twitter.com/megaplushie Stephen Smith

    I stopped playing the beta before I even got anywhere close to unlocking that Gold Retro Lancer. Thrashball Cole > GRL.

    Also, RIP Halo.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dan-Wood/100000249115225 Dan Wood

     I feel the Limited edition is underpriced and the EPIC edition is overpriced. I think the medal should be EPIC only. For 70 bucks we’re getting an 11″ figure and some gun skins? This seems worse than Reach Legendary.

    • http://twitter.com/Coorsy101 Corey Dwyer

       you dont get the Statue in the Limited edition.

  • Anonymous

    “Gears of War 3 surpassed one million worldwide pre-orders, making it the fastest pre-ordered Xbox exclusive title to reach this milestone…”

    This is to be expected, when this is THE ONLY WORTHWHILE GAME EXCLUSIVE ON THE XBOX 360 THAT WILL BE AVAILABLE THIS YEAR!!!  The Xbox seriously needs some non-kinect hardcore exclusives to be released this year…

    • Anonymous

      Well, it certainly sounds like big numbers and they had a great marketing ploy to get those figures.  Those who stop to think about the numbers will realize that a good chunk of those “pre-orders” are from people pre-ordering just to get the code to play the beta and then canceling that pre-order afterwards.  Not to say the game won’t sell huge numbers; just pointing out that marketing #s do not always reflect reality.

    • http://www.facebook.com/rellus.gellor Russell Gorall

       Good post.

    • http://farzansreviews.blogspot.com/ NEW P4TH

      They still got Forza 4 and some exclusive kinect games coming this year too. I just hope those Kinect games are hardcore titles that use Kinect the right way and make a fun experience.  

  • DJ Mantis

    I’ve been a fan of Gears since the first game… The beta was great! I think they really improved the franchise but still kept it true to the series.

  • Patrick Hockenson

    Any way you can make a follow-up entry that compare details of the Gears 3 beta and last years Halo Reach beta? I would like to see those stats side-by-side.

    • Anonymous

       There was around 3 million people in the Reach beta, that’s all I know.

  • fsdsafd fdsfas

    Sounds great.
    But I’m gonna wait for the pc version.

    • Anonymous

       not going to be one this is an Xbox exclusive

      • fsdsafd fdsfas

         For now. But with microsoft you never know!
        The first Gears was great on pc!

        • Christian Salmon Ramirez

          Is Gears 2 in PC? No, Gears 3 wont be either. Cliff B. said they won´t waste time on PC 

          • Trevor Johnson

            Was Fable II on PC? No.  Is Fable III? Yes. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VL35MCY6B4KRBGJ77QQSCXHHGY Shana

    I’m glad I have all the retail unlockables plus flame hammerburst

  • http://twitter.com/justinj1983 Justin Johnston

     surprised myself with how much i enjoyed the beta, never a big fan in the past of the multiplayer but i managed to squeeze in 150 matches over the 3 weeks i got access to.

  • http://farzansreviews.blogspot.com/ NEW P4TH

    I loved the Gears 3 beta. Epic really did an amazing job with the multiplayer this time. I actually had fun playing in Gears multiplayer for once. I cannot wait for the final game this September. 

  • http://twitter.com/polyneutron Vorsin Victor

     Gears 3 beta was a perfect example how the beta should be! It’s marvellous! Waiting for release – September gonna be hot!

  • Ahmed Hozayen

    Can’t wait for the full release.

  • http://twitter.com/davidkenobi davidkenobi

    [quote] 145 different countries participated in the beta [/quote]

    I didn’t know that so many countries were connected to Xbox Live!

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  • http://twitter.com/SkeletalCell Derek

     Thinking there’s a lot of people who only pre ordered to get into the beta via gamestop and probably cancelled

  • http://www.facebook.com/rellus.gellor Russell Gorall

     When the only way you can play a Gears demo is to pre-order it or buy Bulletstorm you are going to get a lot of pre-orders. What happened to Cliff Blezinsky saying at last E3 that pre-orders are meaningless, then he gets in front of a camera to say the exact opposite when he needs to make more money?

    This game looks like about the fourth biggest shooter coming this Fall to this console. Rage and Battlefield 3 just look better.

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  • http://twitter.com/bushmaster2000 bushmaster2000

    The only reason there are so many preorders this far in advance of the title is because of the beta.  If they had have just put the beta up on marketplace to download, i gurantee there wouldn’t be so many pre-orders.  So now Gamestop has like 5 million dollars in free money to bank and make interest on for the next four months.  Whatever they paid to get exclusive US dist rights for the beta seems like it paid off.

  • J Longden

    Beta != Demo, folks.   It was a stress test for the servers, which you’ll remember cacked when Gears2 was released.

    • fixx

       there were no servers for gears 2…..

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    This will be an xbox 360 exclusive.

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