We sort of enjoyed the Gears of War 3 beta - and by 'sort of', I mean we bloody loved it. We told you Epic might be on to a winner, and if pre-order figures are anything to go by; we were right. Gears of War 3 has just whistled past the one million mark, and it reached that particular number quicker than any other Xbox 360 exclusive before it.
So, Gears of War 3 is going to sell well. We all knew that. But besting the likes of Halo in the pre-order stakes is no mean feat. Sure, the 360 user-base is much larger now, but it's a testament to Epic's design philosophy - never slacking, always looking to improve - that Gears has made such strong strides forward. I sound a little fanboyish, admittedly, but the beta impressed me so much I can't really help it.
And to thank us, Epic has released some choice statistics from the beta, which according to design director, Cliff 'Cliffy B' Bleszinski, was an "overwhelming success – we can't thank the fans enough". Across the beta's four bloodsoaked weeks, eleven million multiplayer matches ensued, with 1.29 million of us participating across 145 different countries! That amounts to over 259 years worth of gaming in the beta alone. Astonishing!
Over 927 million kills were committed, with 131 newfangled executions performed and 23 million revved-up chainsaws plunged into hapless torsos. If those numbers frighten you, listen to this; over twenty-three billion bullets were fired. Twenty-three billion! I suppose I shouldn't be surprised; it is a shooter after all. Bullets are liable to be shot. But still; that's a colossal number for just under a month.
We're hoping Epic unveil more on Gears 3 at E3, hopefully on the single-player campaign which they've been keeping mostly under wraps. We all know the multiplayer is up to scratch, but what can we expect from Marcus and cos final adventure? [Eurogamer]