Gears spins 3 million

Epic Games' shooter sells 3 million copies in just 10 weeks of release; new maps downloaded 750,000 times, all Gears content grabbed 1.5 million times.

The good news keeps pouring in for Microsoft's holiday hit, Gears of War. The gritty shooter has surpassed another milestone, topping 3 million units sold worldwide since its release in early November.

Though it was released in late 2006, Gears of War was the third-best-selling game of last year, behind Madden NFL 07 for the PlayStation 2 (released in August) and New Super Mario Bros. for the DS (released in May).

Gamers are also gobbling up Gears of War-related downloads at an impressive pace. The game's first content pack, which features two bonus multiplayer maps, has garnered more than 750,000 downloads since its release on January 10. Even with all those downloads, Epic and Microsoft won't see a dime from the pack's release--the content is free. In total, Gears of War content--including themes, strategy guides, trailers, and the aforementioned maps--has been downloaded 1.5 million times.

Gears of War is rated M for Mature and won GameSpot's Game of the Year award for 2006.

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Sirpapaya007
Sirpapaya007

i just wanna know what cliffy b's team is gonna be up to next to be quite frank.

DbleBassDrummer
DbleBassDrummer

When a game comes out that's this good, it makes waves.

bradghz
bradghz

Gears is AMAZING. Play it over xbox live, or single player, you can't go wrong. Hint, hint: PLAY IT ON LIVE!

nev70
nev70

Maquis_UK thats what happen when a system is starved of triple-A games. play Capcoms Lost Planet and then wait another year for Halo 3 ? (at least it gives enough time to discuss the homoerotic slant of Gears..............................................................................Typical BS from you Marquis you just cant get over the fact its a very good game YOUR SO DELUDED YOU LOOK FOR ANY EXCUSE FOR IT SELLINGWELL , people are having fun playing,YOU WERE SLAGGING THIS GAME OFF 6 MONTHS BEFORE IT CAME OUT you are so bitter arnt you just because you hate ms doesent mean that the 360 has a lack off AAA titles far from it .Its been out over a year and on the games front its doing great , oh and xbox live doing great....................................oh and i love your anti everything AMERICAN wassup ? WTF to make that idiotic comment just because somones say wassup shows for what you are and your level of ignorance.

MjolnirMaster51
MjolnirMaster51

It'll probably go to quad-platinum by April, and it deserves to. Awesome game.

Chief_Kuuni
Chief_Kuuni

Great game, downloaded the new maps, they're awesome

Maquis_UK
Maquis_UK

thats what happen when a system is starved of triple-A games. play Capcoms Lost Planet and then wait another year for Halo 3 ? (at least it gives enough time to discuss the homoerotic slant of Gears) edit: someone said Wassup !!??!! is it 1997 again? do I have to reply "who let the dogs out"? ... geez just go hi-five yourself too, Mr Nineties. Pearl Jam FTW is it?

bigpimppapa
bigpimppapa

Looks like MICROSOFT smoked the SONY con men and there failing game series SOCOM BABY SEALS 123 AND COMBINED ASSAULT TOGETHER! GEARS OF WAR WAS DONE RIGHT NO CHEATING GLITCHERS. Gotta love XBOX 360 LIVE

aashkii
aashkii

That's just insane, in a very good way. Keep up the good sales Cliffy B. and the rest of Epic Games.

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

Gears of War deserves all the sales & praise.:D

NeleNel
NeleNel

Wow I would love to see this game running on the PC, even though I already own it. A 'portable' Gears if you have a strong enough laptop? That would make any business trip bearable.

GKBeetle
GKBeetle

Is the picture that goes along with this article accurate? The dude's head is smaller than his bicep. That looks ridiculous. Is that how the guys in this game really look?

capthunt
capthunt

Now with this success they should port it to PC. Its UE3, they said its easily portable to any system.

Sanguis_Malus
Sanguis_Malus

Good for Epic, you put out good product, you deserve the rewards. Also, free is good, more studios should consider the sponsorship idea. I wonder how long it will be before the Gears figures etc come out, cash cows get milked. I like the game it incorporated many innovative ideas but please, next time make the campaign longer !

GrimBee
GrimBee

Ah the old Ps3 banter. Even though I can see why it is going to be a good console, for me there are many, MANY negative points. Still getting the ps3, although I am not happy with the direction that they are taking it. Kinda like the direction that Sega are taking Sonic. "For games: Lair (looking unbelievable), Final Fantasy, MGS 4, Devil May Cry, Motorstorm and Heavenly Sword " Geez, those games are the "wikipedia of ps3 only games". Once those games are out, its nothing. What matters is a CONSISTENT release of games, quality games. When is Gran Turismo 5 out? Will gt4 have online? Will resident evil 5 be better on the ps3 or have exclusive content? When will another jak and daxter game come out (looking forward to them) what about rachet and crank? project zero? tomb raider? WIPEOUT?! There are so many synonymous-with-playstation games that I want a ps3 for, the possibility of these games you see. Not Lair (at all, looks like Eragon with iffy controls to me... give me panzer dragoon any day). I really want Metal Gear Solid 4, I am a fan of Kojimas work. However, historically I never really replay Metal Gear Solid games as much as other games. I have replayed through games like Resident Evil 4, (and 1 2 3 etc) more than Metal Gear. Its a story driven game, and a lot of the gameplay in Metal Gear is fitted around cut-scenes (which actually make up the game). For the record, the ps2 had metal gear solid 2. A year later it was in bargain bins because people just had enough of it, and wanted other games. Like gta vice city and all that stuff. Without a consistent supply of games, the ps3 is as good as dead. Microsoft know this, this is why they are buying liscences out left right and centre. Sony are more concerned with bluray at the moment, using the playstation name to front their technology to compete against hddvd, this has led to developers seeing greater profit to be had on the 360, at the moment. Next gen games are costly, its not the "norm" to develop a next gen game. Especially if the wii becomes hugely popular, developers will be at the wii's standard then, and anything over-complicated will be too costly. There is a surge of DS software at the moment, the console is selling LOADS. So developers then sit down and say ".... hmm.... shall we develop a DS game and make LOADS of sweet moola? OR shall we develop a PSP game, see if it sells well.". DS games are cheaper to develop, and there is a MUCH larger, more accepting audience with the DS. Developers now are releasing DS games more than PSP games, because they can make more money off of the DS crowd. So, what happens when those exclusive ps3 games, those years in development - costly - games only sell about 600,000 copies in a year? It's not enough to break even, because at the moment next gen development costs are so high. Nintendo's strategy is making things both affordable to developers AND gamers, so it will have a bigger following, more games - etc. There are some very clever (and sneaky) strategies coming from all three manufacturers this time. At the end of the day its all up to us, the ones who get caught up in the "hype machine" who says who stays and who goes. Maybe the mass market don't really want sports games next year, maybe the 360 having football will turn the tide in the UK for consoles next year. You never know what is going to happen. At the moment, 360 has some excellent games out, and on the way. The sales of gears has prompted even more from this excellent team! This is why people are so happy. Saying things like "ps3 has lair" etc isn't really needed. Whats needed is a thought of a brilliant game of "lair" and "lair 2, lair 3". A game where we demand more from it. Heck, ps3's exclusives arent really even out yet! And I can guarantee that they wont sell 3 million within this time-scale. I guarantee that Lair also wont sell 3 million in its entire lifecycle.! Lastly, I have to od this - jackfatal. "I completely agree. For $100 more than X360 premium you get: Blu-ray (worth the $100 all by itself, espescially when standalone bluray players are $600-$1000+)" --- Erm, if you want bluray its ok. But bluray players will have to compete with the everdropping in price hddvd players. Meaning ps3 will be an inferior, expensive bluray player in about a years time. "HDMI Bluetooth" -- They aren't nescessary, handy for me as I have HDMI on my tv. But ps3 only now has just started to bump their games to 1080p, games otherwise look pretty much exactly the same. Plus, it all depends on the make tv that you have. Who wants "super dolby processing" when you only have naff apple headphones? "USB Devices/Drive support -- X360 doesn't support USB drives, you have to buy their ridiculously overpriced 20gb proprietary drive and 20gb is max." -- you obviously don't know! you can stream videos, music, pictures right from your pc, you can stick in thumb-drives. Also, I have seen people stick in usb harddrives. As for streaming from pc, you can't really compare 900gb of DATA (not storage) to sony's 60gb... "Cell processor" --- ah, multiple cores... didn't do the saturn good did it? "User upgradable harddrive" -- yes. true, but sony's warranty only covers sony liscenced harddrives. And these wont be cheap. "Controllers that are rechargeable right out of the box (no extra batteries or after thought recharge kit needed)" --- you do realise that the "free roaming" sixaxis will not be "free roaming" when it needs to charge, you have to plug it in then. What if you hate the cable because your game requires you to REALLY tilt the controller? If your battery needs charging, that cable will be irritating. Don't knock AA's, also, its a cheaper and easier route. You dont have to send your pad away, either. "Free internet play (over the life of the console this will almost make the PS3 pay for itself)" --- yes, great. Xbox live silver is free. But you dont know what developers will have to make paid for servers.. "Access to PS2 library of games" --- heres a hint, buy a ps2 for

unreal_master
unreal_master

congratz can`t wait to c what epic has instore for us next keep em comin!!

insane_metalist
insane_metalist

luved the game was 1 of the best games ive played so far

ricsuave
ricsuave

" SirUrza--- BTW, if certain people have it their way, namely the President of MGS4's publisher, MGS4 will be on 360. Thank you. People quote Kojima as if his word is end all be all. By his own words that he harps at every chance (evidenced by the "no room for Hideo" he puts in the trailer and game) HE HIMSELF almost got cut from the project. Kojima Studios aside, once Konami realizes keeping it PS3 only is a losing proposition all you Sony fans will be on the "MGS4 to 360" thread screaming about what an overrated game it is. Bank on that.

SirUrza
SirUrza

"Sony style and build quality-- No drive tray, Internal Power supply, near silent operation, Touch sensitive power/eject buttons, looks awesome (these don't make a difference for the games, but I would've paid $100 for the extra quality differences anyway)" Lol.. someone's smoking their crack pipe. The combination of "near silent operation" and "internal power supple" is KILLING the PS3. Go to a local game store that has one on display, ask them if their PS3 overheats, burns out. Ask them how many times they've had to replace them. Sure, NOTHING is happening to PS3's in people's homes now, but that's because there is NOTHING on PS3 to play. BTW, if certain people have it their way, namely the President of MGS4's publisher, MGS4 will be on 360. Oh and my 360 accepts my seagate external harddrive just fine. I guess I'm just special. One last thing.. "Controllers that are rechargeable right out of the box (no extra batteries or after thought recharge kit needed)" Yeah that just means when the rechargeable battery inside the PS3 controller no longer holds half a charge, and most rechargables don't last more then 2 years, you'll be buying a new controller.. imagine having to buy 2 controllers because your battery is built into it. I personally like having an external battery that I can pop into a CHARGER and pop in a second battery. Wires to charge batteries is fine for when I'm not playing, but if I have a wireless controller I don't want to be on a wire cause my battery is about to die. Anyway, congratulations Microsoft and Epic. With 10 million 360s floating around out there and well.. you know how many PS3, publishers would be stupid to release PS3 exculsive during 2007.

DaveRocks
DaveRocks

cid67, you're my hero. Put him in his place.

cid67
cid67

jackfatal, why the hell are you talking about how much better the ps3 is on a forum about gears of wars sales figures. and talking about blue ray, keep in mind that the reason blue ray isnt realy taking off is because those players arent worth the 600 to 1000. nor even the 400 you can get it with ps3. the future isnt in physical media at all but on demand downloadable content. and the 360 is better suited for this to the average joe. yes the ps3 can put a standard drive in it but its more technical than putting a new 360 drive in and the consumer is left to figure out what drive will work and where to get one and also how to install it. so basicly its just like upgrading a computer drive and most average consumers dont do that. also consider that unlike ps3 drives microsoft can put there marketing behind there drives and they are much more likely to be caried in the same places as where you buy your system and games making a much more pain free process than with ps3. so once the larger drives for the 360 come out i can see it becoming a much better solution for non technical people that are ready for on demand. it will happen . whait and see. just think your media library kept online and you can just grab what you want as you need it. simple and elegent. sorry for getting off topic but i couldnt resist..jackfatal, you sound like a ps3 advertisement. go spew your crap where its welcome.

dbreeze8
dbreeze8

yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee GEARS GEARS GEARS....... P.S. Halo is stil better though ;) tis WASSUP!!

bigcrusha
bigcrusha

My God... A series like this could put Microsoft at the pinnacle of next gen sales permanently. Halo (1 and 2) still has they're reign over xbox but to win over the 360, Halo 3 has to be insanely fun and amazing. Oh well, whatever comes on top, Gears Of War 2 will come and Halo will most likely be history. (No offense Halo, we still love you)

jackfatal
jackfatal

I completely agree. For $100 more than X360 premium you get: Blu-ray (worth the $100 all by itself, espescially when standalone bluray players are $600-$1000+) HDMI Bluetooth USB Devices/Drive support -- X360 doesn't support USB drives, you have to buy their ridiculously overpriced 20gb proprietary drive and 20gb is max. Cell processor User upgradable harddrive Sony style and build quality-- No drive tray, Internal Power supply, near silent operation, Touch sensitive power/eject buttons, looks awesome (these don't make a difference for the games, but I would've paid $100 for the extra quality differences anyway) Controllers that are rechargeable right out of the box (no extra batteries or after thought recharge kit needed) Free internet play (over the life of the console this will almost make the PS3 pay for itself) Access to PS2 library of games For games: Lair (looking unbelievable), Final Fantasy, MGS 4, Devil May Cry, Motorstorm and Heavenly Sword

GrimBee
GrimBee

CamisadoBlue .... sure youve played gears...

GrimBee
GrimBee

Can you imagine what gears of war 2 will be like? I think that it will surpass that of halo 3's sales. GoltanaZerg makes a marvellous point there - Gears doesn't do anything new, but what it does do is take all the stuff that works, and truely makes them its own. As for sales, a title for sale only to adult gamers rated 18 selling more than other games which are avaliable to a larger age group? That's gotta be one mean feat. This is why I am hugely surprised with its success, and a lot of it has to do with word of mouth. You can't beat EA's need for speed Carbon advertising system, but well... you CAN with word of mouth. All it takes is for one shop owner to say "oh, best game ever" and a friend to say "you need to ome over and see it". The reasons for gears' success is that the game is the only means of getting a gears experience. And it should stay that way. The quicker it avoids the comic books and mini-series crap, the better. Although, who wants some incredibly detailed action figures? Im definately up for that!

USmellLikePoopy
USmellLikePoopy

Gears of War is awesome. I think with this many sales Epic should make a Gears of War 2.

GoltanaZerg
GoltanaZerg

GoW is a great game, just 'hype' wouldn't keep the sales coming after initial launch, nor the continual rise in xbox live action. At any rate, I'm glad to see it's success continue, not everything in the game was purely original, but all of it was well done, better than some of the places they borrowed ideas from. Once you start comparing your personal life to others on a forum you lose any credibility to your argument. You could have a life and a girlfriend yet still be a fanboy, but that's neither here nor there. You're entitled to your opinion, but don't just brazenly bash people for supporting a game they enjoy, under a discussion with the topic being how incredible Gears has sold.

azizrulez
azizrulez

cid67 you sure showed camisadoblue and i bet he is a sony fanboy he just doesnt wanna admit it and yeah GOW is absolutely fantastic i know some might not agree thats cause everyone is entitled to an opinion but it gets irritating when they force their own opinion on others

cid67
cid67

Im no sony fan boy, neither am i a 360 fan boy, that's because I have a life and a girlfriend... something none of you fan boys will ever likely see. So, as the only non-bias person to speak in a while I can say, Gears of War sold on hype alone.... the multiplayer can keep you amused for a while if you can get over the fact that it's so damn buggy and the solo story mode is so bad it makes me want to cut my own eyes out. One path through each level? five levels?! completed it in less than 4 hours.... that's got to be my new record. This game is nothing more than average, carried into the mainstream by massive hype and flashy graphics. The sooner you Sony Fanboys and 360 Fanboys grow the **** up and stop bickering like girls the sooner we can all get together and demand some decent games from these so called 'games' designers. =========================================================== camisadoblue, I am so sick of people like you calling people fanboys just because you happen to like a game or have an opinion that you dont agree with. thats grate that you have a girlfriend so what. I have a wife and 2 children and i think you are inccreadably nieve for passing judgment on people you have never met's personal lives. funny how you can say how you are the most unbiased person to post here in a whyle yet you go on to say the singlplayer campain is so bad you want to cut your eyes out. thats pretty harsh and hardly the kind of statement that an unbiased person would make. as for story, I will say that it isnt exactly the stuff of legend but i for one dont have to have a great story with this type of game to apreciate an entertaining experience. come on , you dont watch a good action movie just for a riviting story do you. I for one watch it for the action as well as the story and i would say the same thing applys to GOW. the riviting action far outways the laps in storytelling and i'm sure most will agree with me. I think if you beat this game in 4 hours that may explain your disapointment with this game. GOW should be played at a slower pace using duck and cover to truly apreciate it. if you hurry through you missout on much of the magic .you should have increased the dificulty level and stoped to experience this game. i actualy feel bad for you. if you dont concider this game to be even a decent game I have to wonder what you would concider to be a great game. I'm sure you will bash me as that is what fanboys who pretend to not be fanboys like yourself do. and as far as growing up,look in the mirror and reflect on your first statement about fanboys having no life and girlfriends and such and then you yourself perhaps should concider growing up. GOW is great . late!!! oh and dont bother comenting on my spelling . I already know it sucks and dont need your opinion on it.

jc_tkml
jc_tkml

I want the second one to come out Q1 or GoW's first anniversary

xronc
xronc

I contributed to that figure, I dont regret it one bit, keep the maps coming

AHDOAH
AHDOAH

Even though I dislike shooters... I have to agree it is best looking game so far

Cloud737
Cloud737

And it`s gonna grow even more. It`s a great game, after all!

fastpunk
fastpunk

You know what would be great? A port on the PC, it should be even better with a keyboard and mouse.

DarqFlare
DarqFlare

A lot of people want to see Gears 2 come out... I don't. Not yet anyway. I want to have as much time as possible to enjoy the first one. Great stuff.

cjnwo4life
cjnwo4life

I agree this game rocks. a ton of fun and great replay value. Great game.

blackace
blackace

More FREE Maps is always a good thing. They may even hit 4 million sold if the hype doesn't die down by summer. There will definitely be a GEoW 2 & 3. M$ will support Epic in anyway possible for them to make two more of this games. They may even purchase Epic. Who knows. They did it with Bungie. Unlike other companies who purchase game studios (cough EA.. cough), M$ won't rush them to get the game out at a set time/date. They've allowed both Rare and Bungie to get their games out when the were done.

Waskallywabbit
Waskallywabbit

Is there any doubt that Gears is one of the top games on the market right now?

chiefmegadeth
chiefmegadeth

This game is king of all games!!!! The master of all shooters!!!! Love ya Epic i had 1 mate buy 360 just for GoW! and 2nd mate give up WOW and bought 360 and GoW!

imortiferus
imortiferus

Wow!!! Now how about more free maps and Gears 2

Re_ensurer
Re_ensurer

This has sure been one heck of a money maker.

tmorri603
tmorri603

One thing is for sure, developers will take notice of how well some games can sell on the 360 and start to put even more game on it. The 360's future is looking so sweet it will give you tooth decay.

milnet
milnet

Enjoyed the game a lot. Playing co-op is a major blast.

anamnawshad
anamnawshad

Great job M$ & Epic!! I can see why Cows are whining ;)

chicken_123_pie
chicken_123_pie

If that's the case, how many is GoW2 going to sell? Or even Halo3 for that matter. How many 360's have been sold worldwide? Multiply that by 1.25 and I think you will have your answer. So there's been 10,228,076 according to www.nexgenwars.com. That multiplied by 1.25, as you would've done if I wasn't about to put in the answer, is 12,785,095. I believe that they can do it. There will be around 15million 360 units sold by christmas this year and I would say that the amount I've stated will be getting those games within the time period that GoW has surpassed 3million.