File:256px-Gow offbox.jpg Gears of War is a tactical third-person, over the shoulder shooter video game developed by Epic Games and published by Microsoft Game Studios exclusively for the Xbox 360. It is the sequel to the critically acclaimed best-seller Gears of War and the predecessor to Gears of War 3. It was announced by lead designer Cliff Bleszinski during the 2008 Game Developers Conference on February 20, 2008. It was released on November 7, 2008 and uses an updated version of the Unreal Engine 3. Its slogan is "Hope Runs Deep." Gears of War 2 sold more than 2 million copies during its debut weekend.