Published on November 13th, 2008 | by Deejay Knight, Editor/Founder
Gears of War 2 Chainsaws Retail & Breaks XBL Records
What do you call it when a game completely lives up to it’s expectations?
You could call it “Pulling a Gears of War 2” starting now, because the recent Epic Games launch sold over 2 Million units over the weekend.
Beyond selling large amounts of retail titles, Gears 2 helped to set a new Xbox Live record of concurrent users logged into the service. Here are just a couple of the things Gears of War 2 accomplished this past weekend:
- Over 1.5 Million users logged in, setting an Xbox Live record.
- Over 15 Million hours of gameplay logged.
- 19 Million+ Achievements unlocked!
Sounds like Gears of War 2 did a bit of damage, and I haven’t even gotten my copy yet. It’s okay, I’ll see you all online soon!
For the full official Press Release, check below.
Gears of War 2 Sales Top 2 Million Units in its Blockbuster Opening Weekend
One of the biggest entertainment events of the holiday season has arrived. With weekend sales topping 2 million units worldwide, Gears of War 2 is well on its way to becoming one of the biggest releases of this console generation.
Over 20,000 retail locations opened their doors at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 7 to celebrate the worldwide release of Gears of War 2. After months of anticipation, throngs of eager fans in 20 countries were finally able to get their hands on the Xbox 360 exclusive title.
“We were so excited to launch Gears of War 2 on the same day all around the world, something virtually unheard of in the games business,” said Cliff Bleszinski, design director at Epic Games. “We wanted our fans, no matter where they live, to have a shared experience on day one, and that’s exactly what’s happened.”
More than 1.5 million people logged into Gears of War 2 on Xbox LIVE during the weekend, racking up a total 15 million gameplay hours and helping set a new record for concurrent LIVE players. These players also collectively unlocked more than 19 million Achievements.
Gears of War 2 provides an epic, adrenaline-fuelled rollercoaster ride that expands upon the original game’s themes of loss, hope and survival. Gears of War 2 sees COG heroes Marcus Fenix and Delta Squad fighting to save the last cities on Sera from an engulfing Locust threat, while the mission turns personal for Dominic Santiago as he uncovers clues in the search for his missing wife, Maria.
Gears of War 2 is rated “M” for Mature by the ESRB and is now available exclusively on Xbox 360 with an ERP of $59.99 (U.S.) for the Standard Edition and $69.99 for the Limited Edition.
Gears 2 Kicks Off with Two Million Copies Sold [GearsOfWar.Xbox.com]