Mark Rein, VP of Epic Games, has responded to what he calls a "negative rational (sic)" for Gears of War 2
sitting in second behind Halo 3
in the Xbox Live rankings.
This came in response to a poster over on the official Epic forums who said, "XBL stats are up and gears
is in second already. this means less cash and actual decline in sales now and in the future".
Rein essentially pointed out that... well, Halo 3
is Halo 3
and everyone should just learn to deal. "Wow, didn't take long for somebody to turn Halo
's huge popularity into some sort of negative rational for Gears2
but you'd have to apply that same negative rational to every single game on Xbox Live as well", Rein said.
is in second because Halo 3
has been out for over a year and a half and has probably sold nearly 9,000,000 copies by now. So when they offer reduced-priced multiplayer DLC
users come back to the game and they get a spike in their user base that drawfs (sic) ALL of the other games on Xbox Live - especially new games that have only been out for a few weeks such as Gears of War 2
and Call of Duty: World at War
. But being in second is still pretty amazing considering we've only had the time to sell a small fraction of the numbers they have sold", he continued.
The numbers in question also got a mention over on the Major Nelson podcast. “I think they’re pushing 3 (million)”, Microsoft Game Studios boss Phil Spencer said of Gears 2
. The game sold more than two million units worldwide over its launch weekend.
You can read more about Epic's latest shooter over on SPOnG's dedicated game page