Microsoft and EPIC Games have announced that their newest entry into the Gears of War franchise, Gears of War 3, has sold more than 3 million units in its first week on-shelves, also pushing entire franchise sales over 1 billion dollars. Way to go, Delta!
“‘Gears of War’ was the first killer app for Xbox 360, and the series has continued to contribute directly to the overall success of the platform ever since,” said Microsoft Corporate Vice President Phil Spencer. “‘Gears of War 3’ kicked off the biggest Christmas period in Xbox history, setting the standard for the kind of amazing, action-packed experiences gamers should expect on Xbox 360 this year.”
Blockbuster has announced a deal where gamers who purchase Gears of War 3 will get a month of free in-store rentals of games and movies. The promotion will run until October 7, 2011.
“We want to get back on gamers’ radars with a promo that packs a punch,” said Randall Baker, Blockbuster’s Senior Buyer of Video Games. “Gears of War 3 is certainly one of the biggest games of the year, but players may want to take a breather from fighting alongside Delta Squad every now and then. We’re giving them nearly unlimited entertainment options for those spare minutes.”
Microsoft and EPIC Games have released a new trailer for their upcoming shooter, Gears of War 3, titled “Dust to Dust”. The trailer is set to the music of Mazzy Star’s “To Dust” and features a look at the heroes of Delta Squad as the game nears its September 20, 2011 launch date.
EPIC Games has released the official beta test schedule for their upcoming Gears of War 3 beta program. The program begins on April 18th with team deathmatch and wraps up on May 15th. Gears of War 3 is due out on the Xbox 360 platform on September 20th, 2011.
As we near the full Gears 3 beta release on April 25th, many fans are curious what maps and game types will be unlocked and when. See our full schedule below and let us know what you’re most looking forward to in the comments!
April 18th – April 24th: TDM on Thrashball and Checkout.
April 25th – May 1st: TDM and KOTH on Thrashball, Checkout, Trenches and Old Town.
May 2nd – May 8th: TDM, KOTH, and CTL on Thrashball, Checkout, Trenches, and Old Town.
May 9th – May 15th: TDM, KOTH, and CTL on Thrashball, Checkout, Trenches, and Old Town.