Gears of War 3 preorders top 1 million

Beta for Epic's Xbox 360-exclusive shooter attracts 1.29 million players from 145 countries, who played 249 years of matches.

Gears of War 3's success was pretty much preordained from the time it was announced last year. Now, though, publisher Microsoft has hard evidence the game will be a solid hit. This morning, the software giant announced that the third-person shooter from Epic Games has already accrued 1 million preorders worldwide. It did so in the fastest time of any Xbox 360 exclusive title to date, beating out such high-profile titles as Halo: Reach and Halo 3.

1 million people are already Gear-ing up for Epic's upcoming shooter.

Gears of War 3 had originally been set to go on sale last month but saw its release date pushed to fall 2011 last autumn and then dated for September 20 in February. The delay gave Epic time to stage a lengthy beta for the game, which ran from April 18 to May 15. The developer revealed today that 1.29 million people from 145 countries participated in the beta, racking up 11 million matches that would have lasted 249 years if played consecutively.

Gears of War 3 will offer an apocalyptic finale to the series, which has sold 12 million copies to date. The game begins with the last human city having been obliterated and series hero Marcus Fenix trying to protect the remaining humans from the Locust horde and from newer, deadlier foes, the mutating Lambeth. In a franchise first, it will allow players to play through its campaign in four-person co-op mode.

When it does go on sale, Gears of War 3 will be available in three versions: standard ($60), Limited ($80), and Epic ($150). The centerpiece of this year's $150 Gears of War 3 Epic Edition will be a limited-run Marcus Fenix statue. Designed by Epic Games art director Chris Perna and fabricated by Triforce, the statue weighs 3.7 lbs. and measures 11.2 inches by 8.9 inches.

The Epic Edition also includes a behind-the-scenes book by Tom Bissell, which offers 96 pages of interviews, photos, and concept art. Gamers will also find some in-game content by way of the Infected Omen Weapon Pack, which includes multiplayer skins for the lancer, retro lancer, hammerburst, sawed-off shotgun, and gnasher shotgun.

The Epic Edition will also include all of the contents of the $80 Limited Edition. The headline pack-in for this package is the Octus Award Box with Octus Service Medal, which is a life-sized replica of the honor given to scientist Adam Fenix for his work on the Hammer of Dawn. The bundle also includes a code redeemable for the Adam Fenix skin in multiplayer, personal records of Marcus' father, and a fabric COG flag.

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JtAgentX
JtAgentX

Gears of War 3's beta was enjoyable. I'm happy at the fact that Epic Games finally got smart, and reincorporated Gears of War 1's online system that allowed you to play an infinite number of matches until you decide to leave. That was what made the original game so much fun. I'm really looking forward to the campaign mode.

FabledVeteran
FabledVeteran

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Tayar
Tayar

Lots of preorders months before the release........ good deal. Epic got more reason plus the time to keep work the game to perfection.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

The beta was mostly enjoyable and I want to think this will be a great game, but the abundance of sawed-off shotguns says otherwise.

bluewaterfamily
bluewaterfamily

@jim60360, I agree with you and I disagree with you. During the first week when the independent servers were going, as Epic promised, everything was 100% perfect! But, when the independent servers went down in the second week, things had problems. The biggest problem was the same thing with host advantage. You could shoot a whole can of flamethrower gas into someone and it wouldn't kill them. You could unload a full box of ammo from the hammerburst into someone, hitting them the whole time from your point of view. But it wouldn't matter in the game. Either the servers were goofed up in a way that made it so the hits weren't recognized on both ends (possible, since that didn't happen during the first week when independent servers were working), or the weapons really needed a lot more power. There is a great review of the Gears 3 beta along with suggestions to Epic. If the game won't really use independent servers, I agree with everything said here: http://controversy.typepad.com/controversy/games/ I hope the game really is the first game to use independent online servers though. It was a lot better that first week than the weeks afterwards.

bluewaterfamily
bluewaterfamily

Gears of War 3 and Forza Motorsport 4 are the games I'm really looking forward to! Sega Rally HD Online launched online exclusively yesterday for Xbox Live Arcade! That game is really cool too. Forza Motorsport 3 is the best racing game ever made, so I am actually surprised Forza 4 is being released so soon.

XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

@GeaorgeBotts23 Why don't you stop bugging other people and **** off.

keybladegamer
keybladegamer

In all honesty, I had no idea 145 countries existed, let alone ones that play gears of war.

rainydayreality
rainydayreality

Am I the only one that wants new and futuristic games? f**k!

neilcottee
neilcottee

@CaptainHerlock 1.29 million already disagree with you...and that's just the pre-orderers :p

RussellGorall
RussellGorall

@supernaught I am not sure what game you are playing, but Gears constantly gets stomped graphically, often with a game using an outdated version of their game engine. BioShock trumped Gears, Gears 2 looked about the same Gears but with the brightness turned up. Uncharted 2 looked a lot better, too. What I try to do is try and not be poor so I can own any console I want, it's just another Gears game.

RussellGorall
RussellGorall

When the only way to play a demo of a franchise is to preorder it or buy something like Bulletstorm that will tend to happen. This Fall is about Rage and Battlefield 3.

phillkillv2
phillkillv2

@GeaorgeBotts23 Guess what troll. There may be other games out there to win Game of the year. Think of Skyrim , Forza 4 , potentially GTA 5 , and lots of other unannounced games. Just because the other two sequels did good doesn't mean that the 3rd one will do good. It doesn't mean anything at all. So stop leaving messages in my in box calling me a kid , saying that I bashed the PS3 , and Uncharted 3 is going to win Game of the year. Think of Fable 3. Yeah I siad a 360 game wasn't good. Now **** off.

phillkillv2
phillkillv2

@GeaorgeBotts23 Please state when or where I bashed the PS3. I own a PS3 and I think the exclusives are slightly better than the Xbox 360's , you can even find this in the other articles that I state that. I mean i you are that dedicated to keep fighting. Lose my username.

Chuman231
Chuman231

@DAMSOG if you look at the sales for fps and third person shooters, 360 versions nearly doubles the sales over the ps3 version. ps3 tends to sell fighting games and rpgs much better. I think the overall markets of ps3 and 360 owners are very different.

JVelvet
JVelvet

@Zombie8814 I know man. Buyers remorse can be a mother#&@%$! I can't imagine living life behind the curtain of a single console. Having to pretend I hate awesome games just because I can't play them would make me go crazy too.

supernaught360
supernaught360

@GeaorgeBotts23 Yes. Uncharted 2 looked like crap. It's why I sold my PS3 in fact. GOTY doesn't mean anything. GTA IV got 10's from many reviews, so there you go.

supernaught360
supernaught360

Gears Of War Series: the only games that have actually looked and played like the phony Killzone footage from the 2005 GDC that Sony was pimping around... That's right: PS3 fanboys don't get to play the kind of game Sony promised you, but never delivered. That's okay, Epic had you covered all along, you were just too much of a corporate hooker for Sony to get a 360 and play it. And judging buy Sony's diminishing rack space at Walmart and Target, (1-2 racks of PS3 games vs. 5 for 360 in most Walmarts, lol) I'd says the Gears series is at least ONE reason so many of you defected. Bluray format struggling (after 4 years?!?), major investigations and lawsuits for not protecting consumer assets, slow console sales, damn! You guys better HOPE iNfamous 2 is the bomb, L.O.L.

DAMSOG
DAMSOG

Wow I though I had stumbled onto the wrong message board here with all the comments on PS3 and MW3 and BF3....years ago some industry folk stated that 3rd person shooter will never reach the lofty heights of the FPS market...with that many pre-orders, plus mine, I guess they were wrong. Gears is going to be a standout for 2011 and I must say I don't see why they wouldn't release it for PS3 because they are effectively cutting their market in half.

metaltorn
metaltorn

only GOW could do that man too sick

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

@GodGundamNT1 Man for Battlefield 3 i do not have to worry about all that pc stuff cause I do not own a decent pc to play games like Crysis 1&2 and Battlefield 3 I play all my games on my 360, but I'm tyring to get a decent pc cause I just can find a decent RTS for the console's that plays like Age of empire's, the Starcraft series and I can't remember the other series a canadian developer made my buddy got me in to it, it was some RTS that took place in space and it was not Starcraft it was an RTS with space ships. Still I'm more looking forward to Battlefield 3, RAGE, Forza 4 and Batman Arkhum City and I can't remember the other game for the fall and winter releases this year. I'm glad your not one these that are in this system war happy gaming.

miguelwars13
miguelwars13

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GodGundamNT1
GodGundamNT1

@kennythomas26 the only problem with Battlefield 3 is that its Microsoft DirectX 11 meaning you have to have a computer, a Microsoft OS Vista or 7 $300 each, a $500 graphics card no less than a GeForce GTX 580, the fastest CPU from Intel, minimum 4GB of ram etc and the game is only pretty, we don't know what problems its going to have but yeah I agree Frostbite 2.0 engine looks good and I suspect Microsoft is going to force a console gen jump after Nintendo announces the Wii2 or before. Personally I rather will play Resistance 3 and Uncharted 3 instead of Gears but the hype for Gears 3 is ridiculously high yet the hype for MW3 is gonna be huge, I will ignore that CoD game.

CaptainHerlock
CaptainHerlock

I've never been all that interested in Gears of War. Dismembering random non-descript enemy after enemy with little rhyme or reason in a bland, colorless wasteland? What game DOESN'T that sound like these days?

paranormalnut
paranormalnut

@elancion. You are right about child of eden.. My bad. Well I named some because they are games. Games only found on 360 that are coming. I know they have more. My kids are more into Halo or gears. Even my 13 year old girl likes gears. We have a kinect but we really don't use it much. We got it for my son because he is 110 pounds at the age of 9 and there are no kids around us for him to play with. Now he will get out and play but with no other kids around, how fun is that. But games are game no matter how you look at it. If you don't like the kinect stuff, cool. I'm happy you did not bash it. LOL. kinect is not my thing but for a lot of people, it is. Now this is the kind of comment and reply I like. No bashing or flaming. Thanks!

elancion
elancion

@paranormalnut most of the games/exclusives you've just mentioned are "kinect stuff". and while they do seem interesting .a few of them seem more catered towards casual gamers (i.e. stars wars kinect ). a few of these titles have more of an arcade style/vibe meaning more of a pick-up & play/quick play session based experience (keep in mind i said SOME not all the titles mentioned). nothing wrong with that, especially since you're a family man (i imagine there is nothing more enjoyable than sharing a great gaming experience with family). But for a person who cares little for peripheral based games. xbox is gonna have to do better than majority of its exclusives being kinect as far 2011 goes. CHILD OF EDEN is not an xbox exclusive.

GeaorgeBotts23
GeaorgeBotts23

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papermun
papermun

I always loved gears of war series.It is unique and has great story and characters.This is coming from a guy who prefers Jrpgs over western games.

santinegrete
santinegrete

@illage2: 90% of action in Uncharted games sucks then? Just want to know your opinion of that game

santinegrete
santinegrete

Even if I try to pre-order in gamestop the politics of Microsoft Game studios will not let me purchase my game and bring it to my country :( With this and all that disc reading failure it can't get more problematic, can it? CAN IT? Hope this game is worth the wait.

Philly1UPer
Philly1UPer

@Jim60360 No, I have not played the beta, because that was an issue that plagued the first two games, which made me stop caring about it. If that doesn't happen anymore, then awesome....even though it took them two games to finally notice that problem. I love the Gears story, but sadly, I will wait it out until its 30-40 bucks. Really have no interest in the multiplayer anymore. Just want to finish the story and see if they truly tie everything up.

Jim60360
Jim60360

@Philly1UPer Did you play the beta? Because if you did then you would see that with dedicated servers and perfectly balanced weapons, this is no longer an issue. i have played a lot of mutiplayer games in my time and i can safely say that i've had more fun playing the gears beta than i have had on any other game in a very long time.

Philly1UPer
Philly1UPer

@Jim60360 I think Gears sucks strictly because whenever I played it online, I would be two feet away from someone and shoot them with a shotgun as they are in mid roll and as I watch the bullets go directly threw that person, It does no damage to them what so ever.

Jim60360
Jim60360

@illage2 you say gears sucks yet you give brink a 9/10. Your opinion is clearly nothing to go by!

phillkillv2
phillkillv2

@GeaorgeBotts23 Call down Nordstradamus. Because you know is a pretty big and bold statement. You have no clue what is going to happen in the next few months , weeks , & years. Pathetic

phillkillv2
phillkillv2

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megakick
megakick

It makes them feel better about buying their game console from a company like SONY.

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

@GodGundamNT1 hey man I have already made my decision between Gears 3 and MW3 I'm not getting both of them at all, not for a couple of month's after they are released and in fact I'm Passing on Gears 3 for RAGE and I'm passing on MW3 for Battlefield 3 and that was easy for me. Because I played the Bata for Gears 3 and I just do not like the MP for at all and I became a big fan of the Battlefield series since the Bad Company spin off's and I enjoyed the Frostbite engine which the Cod series doesn't have and also MW3 is being devoped by 3 developer's Infinty Ward, Sledgehammer games and Raven software.

AgentRebecca
AgentRebecca

why are PS3 players commenting an X360 game? i dont comment ps3 games because i dont have one, makes you seem just that pathetic if you do that

AgentRebecca
AgentRebecca

WOOTNESS! GEARS!!! such a Gears fan, story is amazing, im more into the story tho, multiplayer is cool but i only play with friends

daub11
daub11

i wonder if when the beta for g.o.w 3 is better then the game it self or if it has new things to add on to the game like maps or different people and if it does. is it supposed to help out the game at all.

daub11
daub11

i wonder if when the beta for g.o.w 3 is better then the game it self or if it has new things to add on to the game like maps or different people and if it does. is it supposed to help out the game at all.

CTR360
CTR360

i cant wait for GOW3

paranormalnut
paranormalnut

@GeaorgeBotts23 Because you know... Thats it... wow...

GeaorgeBotts23
GeaorgeBotts23

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paranormalnut
paranormalnut

@GeaorgeBotts23 How do you know? you have nothing to back that.

GeaorgeBotts23
GeaorgeBotts23

@paranormalnut Yeah u have no idea what your even talking bout. I have people who work for me so I hardly ever have to leave my house.

paranormalnut
paranormalnut

@GeaorgeBotts23. Spike VGA's in 2009.. That was it. How do you even know if they are good or bad.. They are not even out and more than half of them are in the AAA list.. Lets see you do some research. I did. face it. you are getting owned left and right. you look more like a fool. Keep making stupid comments so we can make fun of you. I had a PS3 guy send me a message telling me he knows you and how you make stuff up. I know a lot about you... Keep it up. Your about to get outed. If you own your own shop, why are you on here and not a work.. I know, it's a lie!

GeaorgeBotts23
GeaorgeBotts23

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