8 million people played the Battlefield 3 beta; preorders top 2 million

With Battlefield 3's open beta now over with, DICE has shared a few stats from the public playtest. Over 8 million players previewed the game's Metro map, and EA has preorders for the final game already exceeding 2 million. DICE puts a few of the bigger numbers into context below: did you know that the number of people stabbed to death in the beta is equivalent to the population of Shanghai? What a morbid thought.

Above: BF3's Sukhoi Su-27, which as you can see isn't made from spent ammo

47 billion shots were fired in the beta, which as DICE points out would generate enough shell casings to build just shy of 4000 Flanker jets. Ever helpful, the dev also reminds readers that none of those jets would fly, because hello, you can't build a fighter plane out of shell casings. The beta's Rush mode focused on destroying M-Com stations, an objective completed successfully around 21 million times – a number equivalent to Twitter's entire active userbase. DICE's graphic breaks down a few more BF3 figures.

Here, Fox Business' Liz Claman gets embedded deep within Videogame Land, where EA Product Manager Kevin O'Leary shares the game's impressive preorder figure. So far it looks like Battlefield 3 might top EA’s previous Call of Duty killer, last year’s Medal of Honor reboot, but we do wonder how those preorder numbers compare to Modern Warfare 3’s.

Oct 18, 2011

Source: Battlefield Blog,1up


  • DarthYo - October 20, 2011 8:26 a.m.

    BF3 or MW3. There's no question. Battlefield has always been better.
  • Y2Ken - October 19, 2011 4:17 a.m.

    I hope it sells well, and I'm certain it will. But I agree with Melam, you guys need to stop comparing it to MW3 - I understand why you do but ultimately there's no reason you couldn't play both if you are particularly into FPS games (and a lot of people are). They're both shaping up to be fantastic for very different reasons.
  • Melam - October 18, 2011 5:16 p.m.

    Okay, not to sound like i'm being a jerk to the fine folks at Gamesradar, but i'm getting REALLY tired of people comparing Battlefield 3 to Modern warfare 3. In the realm of FPS games, they are apples and oranges. No, Battlefield 3 will not sell as many copies as Modern warfare 3, but i would hope that games journalists of all people understand that GAME SALES ≠ GAME QUALITY.
  • tabuju - October 18, 2011 6:15 p.m.

    This is exactly what i hate that about people, i know, its so annoying.
  • db1331 - October 18, 2011 7:56 p.m.

    What really bugs me about the comparison is that 9 out of 10 journos are playing the console version of BF3 and then comparing that to what they've seen or played of MW3. That would be like playing Black Ops on the Wii and then comparing that experience to MW2.
  • Fiirestorm21 - October 18, 2011 4:40 p.m.

    It's almost certain to beat Medal of Honor. Bad Company 2 (upwards of 6 million) beat Medal of Honor (upwards of 5 million), and BF3 will likely do even better of course now that EA is throwing all of its weight behind it and it's getting tons more attention. Question is how good. In a perfect storm, 10 million isn't unrealistic.
  • TheZigMan - October 18, 2011 7:02 p.m.

    BC 2 sold 9 million, so I think that between 10 and 20 million would be very realistic

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