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Gears of War 3 sells more than 3 million copies in first week

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Posted on September 26, 2011 AT 04:57pm

THE BUZZ: Online sales-tracking website VGChartz is proclaiming that in its first week of release, Gears of War 3 has sold over 3 million copies. If true, this would not only be a 50% increase from the sales of Gears of War 2, but would mean that Gears 3 outsold the first-week sales of both previous Gears of War titles combined.

This would also put Gears of War 3 as the biggest launch of 2011—above previous top seller Pokemon Black & White—and would chart it as the 6th biggest Xbox 360 launch of all time worldwide (behind Grand Theft Auto IV).

EGM’s TAKE: VGChartz isn’t always known as the most reliable sales-tracking outfit out there, but it wouldn’t be surprising if their numbers on this one turn out be true. Back in May, Gears of War 3 had already hit 1+ million pre-orders, and there are no doubt more gamers out there who purchase games without pre-ordering versus those who do.

Source: VGChartz

Eric L. Patterson, Executive Editor
Eric L. Patterson got his start via self-publishing game-related fanzines in junior high, and now has one goal in life: making sure EGM has as much coverage of niche Japanese games as he can convince them to fit in. Eric’s also active in the gaming community on a personal level, being an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming and consumer rights. Stalk him on Twitter: @pikoeri. Meet the rest of the crew.

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