Epic Games has confirmed that Gears of War 3 has seen over a million pre-orders, faster than any other Xbox 360-exclusive to date. Additionally, over 1.29 million people have participated in the multiplayer beta so far.

“An overwhelming success we can’t thank the fans enough,” said Epic design director Cliff Bleszinski. “While the beta was a fun way to give players an early taste of our game, it also provided us with invaluable feedback to help us refine and polish Gears of War 3 to ensure it’s truly the culmination of the trilogy we promised to the fans.”

Gears of War 3 will release for Xbox 360 on September 20, 2011.