by Mai Tao
The most anticipated video game of the year arrived last week with the worldwide launch of Gears of War 3. Following more than 22,000 midnight madness launch events, Microsoft and Epic Games today announced that the Xbox 360 exclusive sold more than 3 million copies worldwide in its first week since release, cementing Gears 3 as the biggest game of 2011 and catapulting the franchise beyond one billion dollars in lifetime sales.
In just one week, Gears 3 has already grossed more than any 2011 video game to date. In addition to topping this year’s sales charts, the Gears of War franchise joins the elite ranks of only a select few game franchises to surpass $1 billion in sales.