Over the past month, gamers have had the opportunity to walk, run, and seek cover on the battlefields of Sera as they took part in the Gears Of War 3 beta. Now that it’s over, the long wait until the game’s September release begins. With E3 2011 right around the corner, at least we have new information about the game to look forward to in the near future. To make the wait until launch day a little easier though, Epic Games has sent the game’s beta participants a little gift.
For anyone who took part in the wonderfully violent Gear Of War 3 beta, an email has been sent out which not only details some impressive stats regarding player activity, but also includes a downloadable set of desktop wallpapers and a printable poster. While Epic hasn’t specified why they chose to give the beta participants a target practice poster, it may be an indication that gamers should brush up on their skills a bit before the game launches at retail.
Interestingly enough, on the target practice poster, gamers may recognize the targets as bearing more than a passing resemblance to Halo’s grunts, the Covenant’s comical cannon-fodder. It’s great to see companies like Epic poking fun at a fellow Microsoft exclusive sci-fi shooter, as it’s these sort of crossovers that act as little treats for gamers who are attentive enough to take a second look at things.
In terms of the beta’s statistics, some truly impressive numbers were recorded over the past month. Check them out below, proving just how successful the beta was:
- Total Participants: 1.29 Million
- Total Countries Playing the Beta: 145
- Total Kills: 927 MillionTotal Executions: 127 Million
- Total Deaths by Chainsaw: 23 Million
- Total Bullets Fired: 23 Billion
- Total Match Time Played: 249 Years
It’s no wonder that Gears Of War 3 has already become the fastest selling pre-ordered Xbox 360 game in history. Not only does it come from an acclaimed company like Epic Games who are already looking to the future and the features like dynamic difficulty that they would love to implement, but it has some of the most rewarding gameplay and multiplayer action around.
Having been given a taste of what they can expect in the coming months when Gears Of War 3 launches, it will be a long wait for gamers who are itching to get their chainsaws revving. Even more so, gamers everywhere are anxious to see how Epic is planning on bringing the series’ story arc to a close with their signature storytelling. As the final game in the story arc, gamers are expecting closure for the characters that they have been following for years. As a result, it would not be surprising for their send-off to be something that gamers will talk about after the final credits have ended.
It may seem like a brutally long wait for gamers, but when Gears Of War 3 launches on September 20 for the Xbox 360, there is no doubt that it will be one of the years most impressive titles.
Did you get a chance to participate in the beta? Are you impressed by the stats that it managed to rack up?