Microsoft released a host of figures today related to the recently completed Gears of War 3
Beta. While many of them are impressive, perhaps the most impressive is the sheer number of participants. Care to hazard a guess? No? Well, here it is:1.29 million
That's right, 1,290,000 people logged into the beta at some point over its 4 week run. Those participants, who represented 143 countries, logged in a combined 249 years
worth of gameplay during the Multiplayer Beta period.
Perhaps these stats make it unsurprising that Gears of War 3
also became the fastest-ever Xbox exclusive title to surpass one million pre-orders.
Several other stats were also made available:
· 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
Are you not amongst the million who have already pre-ordered? Then be sure to check our coverage
on the game's Limited Editions before deciding which edition of the title best suits you.Gears of War 3
is scheduled to release worldwide on September 20th, 2011, with the Japanese release following on September 22nd.