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Battlefield 3 sells five million units in its first week

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You may be hearing from frustrated gamers who are having difficulty enjoying Battlefield 3 online and off, but that hasn't stopped the game from selling like hotcakes. Electronic Arts announced today that according to internal estimates, Battlefield has sold through five million units in its first week of global availability. That's enough to make it the fastest-selling game in EA's history.

Ever so carefully, Electronic Arts has positioned Battlefield 3 as a Call of Duty killer. Critics responded well too, with the game enjoying an average rating of 85 on consoles and 90 on the PC platform (according to Metacritic as of October 31, 2011). It's clear that hype has been on the game's side.

"From Tokyo to Los Angeles, Sydney to London, millions of fans have been playing all weekend long -- we are overhwelmed by the global response to Battlefield 3," said Patrick Soderlund, Executive Vice President of the EA Games label. "It is extremely gratifying to deliver an entertainment experience that delights our fans, and to have the opportunity to introduce new people to the franchise. Already, we are seeing unprecedented play times and online activity which is very rewarding. This launch solidifies Battlefield as a leading entertainment brand."

Electronic Arts has a lot riding on Battlefield success. The company has tried numerous times to dethrone Call of Duty, including an attempt with last year's Medal of Honor that fell disappointingly flat. This time around, the stakes are potentially even higher as EA looks to excite the world with its "state-of-the art Frostbite 2 game engine."

Battlefield has existed as a franchise since the 2002 launch of Battlefield 1942, and the brand arguably enjoyed its previous peak with the remarkable Battlefield 2 for PC. If sales of this newest installment are any indication, the franchise will be around for another 9 years to come.

It will be interesting to see how Modern Warfare 3 performs in comparison. We don't have long to wait; Activision's newest war epic is scheduled for release on November 8th, one week from tomorrow.

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Staff article by Jason Venter (October 31, 2011)

Jason Venter has been playing games for 30 years, since discovering the Apple IIe version of Mario Bros. in his elementary school days. Now he writes about them, here at HonestGamers and also at other sites that agree to pay him for his words.

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zigfried posted October 31, 2011:

Do hotcakes really sell that well? I've never bought a hotcake.

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Masters posted November 01, 2011:

I have not heard of frustrated gamers having difficulty enjoying the game. What's going on? I played the demo, and while I was impressed with the sights and sounds, it didn't feel like anything special. As is the case with many FPS-ers, I'm waiting for MW3...
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zigfried posted November 01, 2011:

It's been tough for people to get online to actually play, due to overcrowded servers.


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