Gears of War Sells Two Million Copies

Posted on December 26, 2006

Microsoft Game Studios and Epic Games, Inc., have confirmed in a press release that Gears of War, an Xbox 360-exclusive title, has sold more than 2 million copies worldwide since its release just six weeks ago. 1 million copies were sold here in the U.S. alone.

"Gears of War clearly has won the battle for the title of the must-have game of the year," said Jeff Bell, corporate vice president of global marketing for the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft Corp. "Its phenomenal success is one of many reasons why Xbox 360 is the ultimate place to get together with friends to play this holiday."

"We've always held high hopes for Gears of War, but we never expected such an overwhelmingly positive response from critics and gamers all over the world," said Michael Capps, president, Epic Games. "I can't describe how stoked our team is right now. Our fans can absolutely count on Epic to keep delivering new gameplay through Xbox Live."

In addition to being the must-have video game of the holiday season, Gears of War continues to rage on the Xbox Live battlefield as well, with more than 1 million unique gamers engaging in 10 million online gameplay sessions and unlocking an impressive 7 million achievements.* On top of being the No. 1 title on Xbox Live, Gears of War has driven new members to the network; paid registrations per day have skyrocketed more than 50 percent since the game's launch.

Gears of War is a third-person tactical action/horror game that puts you in the middle of the story of the human races battle for survival against the Locust Horde, a nightmarish race of creatures that surface from the bowels of the planet. The game has been making news all year -- even the launch party was a big deal. Gears of War also won four awards at the Spike TV Video Game Awards.

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