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Gears of War hits the 3 million-sold mark, so why aren’t more people getting the free maps?

Posted on 08/04/2019 | in 杭州龙凤 | by

Yesterday I took a look at how Gears of War has stood up since its release, and I was pleased with what I saw. Free maps, a strong community, a good patch, and the game is still a blast to play. Microsoft has now announced in a press release that the game has sold an astounding 3 million copies; that certainly makes Gears of War one of the biggest franchises on the market right now. Let's dig a little deeper at these numbers though and see if we can find anything interesting. HangZhou Night Net

Expanding on its reign as the fastest-selling title of 2006 and the fastest-selling original exclusive Xbox ® game of all time, "Gears of War" has captivated gamers across the globe with its action-packed single-player campaign, thrilling online modes and recently released multiplayer maps, Raven Down and Old Bones. Since the downloadable content's release via Xbox Live ® Marketplace less than two weeks ago, the new maps have garnered an astounding 750,000 downloads. There have been more than 1.5 million total downloads of all "Gears of War" content currently available via Marketplace, including the maps, themes and video walkthrough, by gamers who can't get enough of Delta Squad and the Locust Horde.

One of the reasons why Gears of War was such an important title was that it helped to sell the hardware and to get people online. But look at those numbers: only 25 percent of gamers who have Gears of War have downloaded the free maps. I'd be very curious to know why that is, although it would be hard to find out why unless you wanted to go around and ask 2,250,000 people why they didn't download the free maps. This is why we need interns.

Are that many people not online with their 360s? Do they not know the maps are out there? Have they simply stopped caring about online play already? Overall these numbers are great; Microsoft and Epic must be ecstatic. But still, why would 75 percent of Gears of War owners turn down free maps?

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