Microsoft Games Studios and EPIC Games have announced that their upcoming shooter, Gears of War 3, has already topped one million pre-orders worldwide, making it the fastest-selling pre-order title in the Xbox 360’s history. Gears of War 3 is due out on September 20th for the Xbox 360 platform.

“An overwhelming success – we can’t thank the fans enough,” said Epic Games Design Director Cliff Bleszinski. “While the beta was a fun way to give players an early taste of our game, it also provided us with invaluable feedback to help us refine and polish ‘Gears of War 3’ to ensure it’s truly the culmination of the trilogy we promised to the fans.”

Over the course of four weeks, fans played more than 11 million multiplayer matches, earning ribbons and medals, unlocking weapon skins and finishing off enemies with countless new execution moves, among other incredible feats:

·         1.29 million people participated in the beta
·         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
·         460 million ribbons and 294 million medals earned
·         435 thousand people earned the beta exclusive Thrashball Cole skin to use in the retail game when it launches in September
·         234 thousand people earned the beta exclusive Gold Retro Lancer to use in the retail game when it launches in September

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