Gears of War series sales hit 19 million

Epic Games' third-person shooter franchise climbs to new sales milestone with Gears of War: Judgment due next year.

The Gears of War series has reached a new sales milestone. Microsoft revealed to Joystiq today that the third-person shooter franchise has now moved 19 million units life-to-date.

Microsoft did not break down sales figures for specific games, though it is known that Gears of War 3 managed to sell 3 million units during its first week on sale in September 2011.

Additionally, the first two Gears of War titles sold a combined 12 million units, suggesting Gears of War 3 has added an additional 3 million sales to its total, in line with former design director Cliff Bleszinski's hopes.

The next entry in the Gears of War series is Gears of War: Judgement, which is due out March 19, 2013 exclusively for Xbox 360. Developed by Epic Games in conjunction with Bulletstorm studio People Can Fly, the project focuses on series soldier Damon Baird and will not use the Kinect.

For more on Gears of War: Judgment, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Ghetto_ninja
Ghetto_ninja

Gears of Wars is a great series however Uncharted blows it out of the water. Gears is one of the few games I miss from when I owned an Xbox. Mainly for the story mode. The story got kind of ruined in 2 though and they went with the cinematic approach that hurt the overall experience of games like Killzone 3 and Uncharted 3. I mean you had the epic Raam fight at the end of 1 the epic Radec fight at the end of KZ2, and the epic Lazarevic fight at the end of Uncharted 2. Then in their sequels the last fight was reduced to a on rails shooter or cinematic fist fight. 

shatner78
shatner78

Comapred to the 220 Million HALO 4 got.  Wow..that's a HIT.  Even with all the DLC sold.

Csdabest89
Csdabest89

I love gears of war and Halo. COD is a pointless game that just keeps making more of the same BS.  Just wish Gears of war had more of a hardcore fanbase. At max i see only 15k people on gow3 but when halo 3 was running on its last leg it still had numbers when people are playing the game. Congrats Gears its well deserved for a genre that doesnt get that much love

cboyuno
cboyuno

Best shooter series of all-time. 

-KyoKi-
-KyoKi-

still need to get 3...

Redsyrup
Redsyrup

The marketing departments responsible deserve an award...............

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Without doubt one of the most gritty and purely visceral TPS experiences to-date. Well deserved in my book.

 

Although some could argue about it being 'Duck-Pop-Shoot', and that its just full of 'Meat-Head' characters, what lies deeper within are great and dare i say very challenging SP & MP components.

 

Its slick, challenging and very and very addictive, especially when playing against and with Friends.

 

I especially enjoy playing with a group of freinds whilst in Party Chat, with freinds on both sides, listening to the 'Ooos' and 'Ahhhssssss' having being sliced in half, or having their heads removed by a well placed and very satisfying Longshot.

 

Simply great fun, nuff said!

Zulu1Tango
Zulu1Tango

 @franzito I don't even know what your saying right now!? Gears has always been a 3rd person shooter, so......???

franzito
franzito

Yet another statement that FPS sells like bananas nowadays

steelmouth
steelmouth

lets see 19mil form 3 games thats like 6mil+ per game not too shabby Gears not too shabby, now if only MS had more exclusives with the Gears/Halo cliber life would be so much better

tightwad34
tightwad34

19 mil for three games on one console? Not bad at all. I just wonder how much higher it would be if it were for PS3 and such.

vasilakis141
vasilakis141

I never understand whats so good about Gears. The whole game was duck, pop up and shoot, take same damage, duck again. Guess its not my cup of tea.

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

nice job epic...hope gears is still succesfull without cliffy

wyan_
wyan_

another article about sales. *sigh..... god I can't wait until next E3.

darkslayerM
darkslayerM

Halo series is the most profit game ...

But for me gears , alan wake and fable are a must buy also

 

theslovakian38
theslovakian38

its funny to see that a whole series, as big of a name as it is, can only sell 19 million from 3 games together when gta v is predicited to sell 25 million. thats just one game. dont get me wrong though, gears is awesome 

UKangelito
UKangelito

well this developer deserves it, i have paid for their games series 1 through 3, bought them for my wee brother, and well yeah well done guys, please dont allow corporate greed come to your offices !!!

hadlee73
hadlee73

I never owned an Xbox 360 but I did play the original Gears of War on PC (the others were never released on that format). Just from that first game I could tell it was going to be a fun game series that deserves to do well.

mikezer0
mikezer0

This is literally one of the only reasons I am buying a new xbox on the 9th(my brithday). I'll  be getting the Halo 4 SE. By the way Halo 4 is amazing. Anyways, Gears of War holds a very special place in my heart as game. It was the first game I was addicted to. It was a way to escape the pain I experienced when my mother died. I played it everyday for about a year and half. It might sound unhealthy, but it really helped me cope. The experiences I had with old friends and new friends over Xbox playing that game will never be forgotten.

Spacemancer
Spacemancer

I read the headline fast and I thought it said "Guild Wars" instead of "Gears of War" and I was like DAMNNNNNNNNNN

Deevoshun
Deevoshun

I have both PS3 and Xbox and if you have not played Uncharted or Gears of War you really are missing out on the best this gen has to offer.  Next gen is right around the corner, do yourself a favor and get these games before their graphics become outdated and unbearable.

darkslayerM
darkslayerM

The best serie ever, a must buy 

Can´t wait for new gears

hope theres also Alan Wake 2 and 3 

 

thanks 

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

Not a big shooter fan, but Gears is one of the best shooters ever. It basically put Xbox 360 on the map, since Halo/FPS is not my favorite cup of tea.

abnergoinbig
abnergoinbig

My favorite series on xbox but man, those updates really break the game one patch at a time.

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

Good thing they aren't using Kinect.

shoooshoo
shoooshoo

is it just me or is everything moving super fast compared to gears3?

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

 @tightwad34 same could be said for any ps 3 exclusive of course any game is going to sell more if it is multi platform. besides i would not want to see gears on ps 3 and 19 million says it does not need to be.

steelmouth
steelmouth

 @vasilakis141 Gears of war 1 was the first true next gen game, you would understand if you played it back then when the rest the wold where still on ps2 and cod 2

RiKanKiDD
RiKanKiDD

 @theslovakian38 Yeah your forgot that fact that gears is mainly an xbox exclusive. While GTA on the other hand runs on multiple consoles. Also AS chief states, Gta has been out for a long run. I have to agree that you sound extremely stupid :)

ChiefReaver
ChiefReaver

 @theslovakian38 Gears of War was released just this gen and is exclusively on Xbox.

 

GTA has been builing a fanbase since the 90's and is on PS3, 360, and PC. 

 

You don't know how dumb you sound.

UKangelito
UKangelito

 @mikezer0 WOW, i feel you man, im 24 with huge addiction to fighting in real life, and every time i wanna go out drinking and punching faces, I play games to calm me down

fadersdream
fadersdream

 @Deevoshun Agreed, Gears series made a statement, it's when the next Gen truly began and for years it therefore the game to own.

For PS3 it wasn't until Uncharted 2 came out that they really had a tent-pole in the new generation.

bgna8980
bgna8980

 @Deevoshun Uncharted 3 still has one of the best graphics for a ps3 game so I doubt it'll get outdated anytime soon but its true the uncharted series is a lot of fun. 

tightwad34
tightwad34

 @steelmouth

 I personally don't care if it does come to the PS3, I was just curious what the sales would be if it was on the PS3.

Kjranu
Kjranu

 @ChiefReaver  @theslovakian38 This plus the game caters to all walks of life. From homeless drug addicts to filthy rich executives. How can you compete with that wide-ranging audience GTA5 caters to?