PR just out - thanks CPaladino. I thought this deserved it's own thread.
Gears of War Hits 1 Million Units Sold and Shoots to #1 on Xbox Live
More than 85 Percent of Players Connect to Xbox Live, Driving New Gold Memberships by 50 Percent
As Gears of War continues to emerge throughout the world ahead of the holiday sales rush, the Xbox 360 juggernaut has sold an impressive 1 million copies world-wide in just its first two weeks of releaseelevating the game to the fastest-selling title of 2006 and fastest-selling original Xbox game of all time.
The battle continues to rage on Xbox Live as well, as more than 850,000 unique gamers have engaged in 10 million gameplay sessions while unlocking an impressive 7 million Achievements. On top of being the #1 title on Xbox Live, Gears of War has also driven new members to the network, as paid registrations per day have skyrocketed more than 50 percent since the games launch.
Propelling its rise to popularity, Gears of War has been crowned the best next generation game of the year by over 45 publications, earning a 95 percent average review score as tracked by www.gamerankings.com. Critics everywhere overwhelmingly agree and have united to make Gears of War one of the best-reviewed games of all time.
From the very beginning, we knew Gears of War would be an industry-defining hit, said Shane Kim, corporate vice president at Microsoft Game Studios. As we watched both the game and its hype grow, it became obvious that Gears of War was the rare title that could live up to such incredible anticipation, and judging from the reaction of critics and fans, its done just that.