Thursday, May 19, 2011

Gears of War 3 is Officially a Hit

And it hasn't even been released yet. For fans of the uber-popular shooter series, this isn't exactly news. After all, ever since it's intro, Epic Software's Gears of War has been one of the preeminent games of any type on Microsoft's console- even challenging Halo as the face of the console.

The third game in the series, which launches this September, has already broken one million global pre-orders which pretty much reassures the fact that this is going to be a big one.

Series' director Cliff Bleszinski had this to say about it:
“An overwhelming success – we can’t thank the fans enough,” said Epic Games Design Director Cliff Bleszinski. “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.”
Click through for some amazing stats about the beta test that just closed-

Over the course of four weeks, fans played more than 11 million multiplayer matches, earning ribbons and medals, unlocking weapon skins and finishing off enemies with countless new execution moves, among other incredible feats:
·         1.29 million people participated in the beta
·         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
·         460 million ribbons and 294 million medals earned   
·         435 thousand people earned the beta exclusive Thrashball Cole skin to use in the retail game when it launches in September
·         234 thousand people earned the beta exclusive Gold Retro Lancer to use in the retail game when it launches in September