Gears of War 3 Preorders Surpass One Million

The Gears of War 3 beta just came to a close and apparently gamers are convinced that this is going to be a game worth purchasing. Major Nelson is reporting that Gears 3 has surpassed one million preorders worldwide, and in doing so has become the fastest Xbox 360 game to accomplish the feat.

Also, the good major released some statistics from the Gears of War 3 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
– 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

That’s a lot of killing. In case you missed it, you can read about what we thought of the beta here. If you’ve yet to preorder the latest in the Gears of War series, you’ve got until September 22 to do so.

Source: Major Nelson



  1. I sure did contribute to the chainsaw bit.

  2. Played the beta, this is diffidently not for me, so I guess my Gears of War 2 GOTY is going to collect a bit more dust.

    This though…

  3. hehe it probably has so many sales because it is the only exclusive worth buying on xbox this year. :)

    • I can see you’re out to win friends from all corners with that comment.

      • I know it seems trolly but I seriously can’t think of any.

    • That’s not true, there’s that game from errrm… ummmm, you know…. errrm

    • I have an Xbox but I lol’d. This is sadly true for me who have no interest in the Kinect and racing games (Forza is also coming out this year). Hope Microsoft has more in store for E3 but the previews have been mostly about building up the Kinect library.

      I’ll definitely get Gears of War 3 but I see no reason to preorder it this early since there might be good preorder offers and you don’t know where to get the best price just yet.

    • Lol my Xbox will collect dust this year. I have no interest in gears of wars whatsoever and the fact my Virgin Media 30meg broadband doesn’t work with XBL isn’t helping the matter to get on the xbox.

  4. Lol. Its no surprise as the green crowd have nothing else to play this year.

  5. Don’t have 360 but played (and finished) gears 1 on a borrowed console, was sure fun, i’d probably be interested if it was on ps3. Gameplay looks good.

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