Gears of War 3 Tops Microsoft's Pre-Order Chart

Logan Westbrook

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Gears of War 3 Tops Microsoft's Pre-Order Chart


There are enough people excited about Gears of War 3 to fill a city.

We've had to wait longer than expected, but now, with just weeks to go before Gears of War 3 [http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002I0H79C/ref=s9_simh_gw_p63_d0_g63_i2?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=14TWFAZ9XC3QEMSR0EXJ&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938631&pf_rd_i=507846] finally arrives in stores, Microsoft has revealed that it's the fastest pre-selling Xbox 360 exclusive in system's history, with 1.3 million pre-orders and counting.

This news, which was announced alongside the Gears 3 DLC "Season Pass [http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/112659-Gears-3-Offers-DLC-Discount-Through-New-Season-Pass]," would seem to bode rather well for design director Cliff Bleszinski's dream of the game selling ten million copies. These figures would also seem to suggest that analyst Arvind Bhatia's prediction [http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/112214-Analyst-Predicts-Good-September-Thanks-to-Gears-of-War-3-and-Madden] that Gears 3 would help make up for a very lackluster summer of videogame sales.

Obviously pre-order numbers don't guarantee sales success, but it's a useful indicator of the buzz around the game. If Gears 3 is the same quality as its predecessors, it's unlikely that it won't at least match the sales figures of the previous two games - around 3 million copies each - and it's hard to imagine that it won't exceed them, at least by a little.

Gears of War 3 comes out for Xbox 360 on September 20th.

Source: CVG [http://www.computerandvideogames.com/317191/gears-of-war-3-is-fastest-ever-pre-selling-xbox-exclusive/?cid=OTC-RSS&attr=CVG-General-RSS]


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ProfessorLayton

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That's great news. The way upcoming games are being talked about, you'd think that people had forgotten about Gears 3 and jumped straight to Skyrim.

Also, it will be nice to know that the online will be crazy populated like Gears 2, so no worrying about finding games.
 

Jezzascmezza

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Doesn't surprise me, the game certainly looks like it will deliver.
I know I'm one of those 1.3 million too... :)
 

Treblaine

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Wait... how the hell could it NOT top their charts.

MICROSOFT HAS NO OTHER GAMES!!

What is in the number 2 slot? Some Kinect shovelware?
 

MercurySteam

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Really can't wait for this. I've been excited ever since Gears 3 was first announced and I know that Gears 3 will probably take the place of one of the best exclusives to grace the Xbox 360.

Rock on Epic!
 

Stravant

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Even though I'm not much of a Gears fan (I only really like Horde mode), I have to say, pretty impressive.

Good work Epic.
 

theaceplaya

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Remember those who preordered got in on the multiplayer beta and there were certin things you could only unlock by playing the beta (Thashball Cole, gold plated Lancer etc.) I doubt it would have as many preorders if not for that. I mean, it would definitely still have a ton, but less than it is now.