The game that has sent the competition scurrying into 2010 looks set to break all kinds of sales records when it's released next week, with Modern Warfare 2 setting a new mark for pre-orders at GameStop.

Speaking with USA Today, the chain's executive vice president for merchandising and marketing, Tony Bartel, has revealed "As of today, the number of pre-order reservations we've taken for the game is the highest for any title we've ever sold in our 6,200 store network."

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As a result, he's on record predicting the game will be "the biggest entertainment launch of all time". It's OK, Halo 3. You had a good run.

'Modern Warfare 2' invades Game Hunters [USA Today]