Gears of War 3 breaks all pre-order records

Just spotted this over at Major Nelson’s blog but it seems that Gears of War must be a pretty popular game franchise for Microsoft because the next version of the game by Epic Games has broken the 1 million mark of worldwide pre-orders. This makes the Xbox exclusive release of Gears of War 3 the fastest release to reach this milestone in the history of the platform.

When it comes to the beta version that lucky testers have been playing Major Nelson has some interesting tidbits of information.

- 1.29 million players played more than 11 million multiplayer matches
- 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

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