Selling 10 million copies of Gears 3 would be “phenomenal”

With the first two installments of the Gears of War franchise selling in excess of 12 million copies, it probably would be safe to say that Gears of War 3 will be a solid hit. However, Cliff Bleszinski, the game’s designer, has hopes for more than just a hit. He wants sales to reach the “phenomenal” mark.

“Definitely over six million, obviously,” Bleszinski said, when asked what sort of sales he would like to see Gears of War 3 reach. “But deep down, just to be perfectly candid and honest, I would die if we hit ten – that would be phenomenal. But I can only pray and hope. It’s up to the gamers to vote with their wallets.”

Not a horribly impossible aspiration, with Gears of War 3 reaching over 1 million reserved copies already, becoming Xbox 360’s fastest pre-ordered title, and a slick custom console bundle to sweeten the deal.