September 29th 2011 6:00 am PT

Gears of War 3 sells more than three million copies in first week sales

Following more than 22,000 midnight madness launch events, Microsoft and Epic Games today announced that the Xbox 360 exclusive sold more than three million copies in its first week since release, cementing Gears 3 as the biggest game of 2011 and catapulting the franchise beyond one billion dollars in lifetime sales.

In just one week, Gears 3 has already grossed more than any 2011 video game to date.

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

  • Victor Cortes

    Very impressive numbers. Have yet to get it though but planning to.
    How does this compare against the previous 2? or Reach?

  • Victor Cortes

    Very impressive numbers. Have yet to get it though but planning to.
    How does this compare against the previous 2? or Reach?

    • http://www.facebook.com/Tjoeb123 Tyler Beale

      Or better yet, Call of Duty?

    • Anonymous

      Easily better than Gears 1 and 2! Can’t speak for Halo or COD!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-James/743076233 John James

      Halo broke 1 million sales in the US in a month. not sure about worldwide, but I wouldn’t expect it to add too much.

      Gears of War 2 sold 2 million in it’s first week, and breaking the 3 million unit mark by the end of it’s first month.

      MW2 sold 4.7 million units it’s it’s first 24 hours on the shelf.

      Black Ops sold 5.6 millions nits in it’s first 24 hours on the shelf.

      • Victor Cortes

        Thanks for the info! Can’t lookup up much gaming info in my network. :(
        That’s some performance for part 3.

        Are those COD figures just 360 numbers? or cross-platform?

      • http://twitter.com/eXistance360 Nick D

        Call of Duty is also on three platforms opposed to one.

  • Victor Cortes

    Very impressive numbers. Have yet to get it though but planning to.
    How does this compare against the previous 2? or Reach?

  • Anonymous

    Great start for Gears 3.

    Apparently, the only game that will outsell Gears 3 this year is Modern Warfare 3.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Neil-Fitch/100000452467505 Neil Fitch

      I’d say skyrim will also.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Neil-Fitch/100000452467505 Neil Fitch

      I’d say skyrim will also.

    • http://www.facebook.com/s00perb4k4 Spencer Redden

      I think you meant Battlefield 3.

  • http://twitter.com/karlcramer Karl Cramer

    Congratulations, Epic Games. Well deserved.

  • http://www.facebook.com/karthik.mudgal Karthik Mudgal

    Congratz Epic. Well deserved.

  • http://twitter.com/GreenMistt Miller

    Very impressive! Too bad they’re now sellouts and charging 240-320 msp for weapon skins.

    • http://twitter.com/Monosocratic corey oliver

      With more than 50 unlockable characters in game and another 30 weapon skins, Epic has given us more than enough unlockables. Do you use the original gunmetal weapon skins when playing, or ones that you’ve unlocked? I for one do not mind paying a little to customize an excellent game that I’m going to be playing for the next year. 

      • http://twitter.com/seekul Luke Es | sE ekuL

        Yup that’s pretty much it. With 3-5 million people playing between now and the holiday, there will be a percentage of them wanting to distinguish their characters just a little bit.

    • http://profiles.google.com/jeverage Quality Jeverage

      So don’t buy ‘em. Microtransactions are the name of the game nowadays, because they’re successful.

      Be happy that these are only cosmetic skins and do not allow you to pay for an advantage in-game.

      • http://www.facebook.com/TheRealDarthBrady Daniel Brady

        I remember back in the good days before Microsoft super greed gaming, when micro transactions were just simply in game unlockables, already in the cartridge. *sigh*

  • Anonymous

    Nice mahor do we get NPD numbers this week ? and perhaps “whats coming to the marketplace”

    • http://thetjhzone.blogspot.com Tylerh1701

      “Coming Soon to the Marketplace” is posted every other Tuesday, so we should be getting that on this coming Tuesday. And on Twitter Major said he’s working on a Top Live games list.

  • ElektroDragon

    Well, its the best Gears yet, especially the MP.  But CliffyB needs to remake Jazz Jackrabbit for XBLA next!  Come on, Cliffy!

  • http://twitter.com/Monosocratic corey oliver

    It’s an amazing game and hasn’t left my Xbox tray since the midnight release. So much content in this game for the price. I’m hoping that this game finally dethroned Call of Duty at the top of the XBox Live activity for the week, simply because something needs to.

  • http://twitter.com/AntaraelDulacre Antarael Dulacre

    Well they should have released all Gears Games from the beginning in Germany ^^
    But stupid restrictions here didn’t let get it through =O

  • http://twitter.com/lingaoyi L.G.Y

    恭喜恭喜。

  • http://twitter.com/DrGreenThumb_NZ Oliver Doel

    3 million noobs, GoW sucks lol

 

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