Battlefield 3 sells 5 million in the first week

Despite numerous launch problems, DICE's Battlefield 3 appears to have been worth the absurd marketing budget EA put behind it. EA is reporting that the game has sold five million copies in the first week alone which, beyond simply being an absurd number of games, make it the fastest-selling game in EA’s history. And yes, that includes Madden.

“From Tokyo to Los Angeles, Sydney to London, millions of fans have been playing all weekend long -- we are overwhelmed by the global response to Battlefield 3,” said Patrick Soderlund, Executive Vice President of the EA Games Label. “This launch solidifies Battlefield as a leading entertainment brand.”

While these sales are indeed impressive, they still pale in comparison to launch numbers of the last Call of Duty game. Black Ops, despite being released by the less-popular Treyarch, still managed to sell 5.6 in the first day, making Battlefield 3's sales look meager in comparison. Granted, it launched against EA's Medal of Honor, which had much less buzz than Battlefield 3 has, and for the franchise's first proper landing on consoles, 5 million copies is definitely worth being excited over. It proves that Call of Duty isn't unbeatable, and gives EA the proper shooter franchise they've been looking for since Call of Duty took out Halo for the top spot on Xbox Live. We'd be shocked if DICE wasn't already hard at work on downloadable content for the game, as well as a sequel (sorry, Mirror's Edge 2). 

Now, it's time to wait and see what effect it has on Modern Warfare 3's release numbers. Maybe this time it will take them two days to hit 6 million. Who knows?


  • Balaska - November 1, 2011 10:39 a.m.

    CoD is kiddie's first shooter. Battlefield is where the adults go to play.
  • UberNoob - November 1, 2011 4:50 p.m.

    Unfortunately, not all of us have time for video games, regardless of whether child or adult :( Yes, it's ironic how I say that on a gaming-based website...
  • elppa284 - October 31, 2011 6:49 p.m.

    so uh....does that mean DICE will have enough monetary support to make mirror's edge 2 now? >.>
  • RedOutlive10 - October 31, 2011 10:11 p.m.

    It's not up to them, EA owns their soul right now.
  • D0CCON - October 31, 2011 3:47 p.m.

    Just got Battlefield 3 (something to do while I'm taking care of my pneumonia, grr). I love it (the multiplayer at least, singleplayer is meh) and it makes me wonder if it could beat COD. I imagined myself as somebody interested in MW3 and thought that even then I might not get it because after getting this, my modern shooter wants have been thoroughly fulfilled. I don't think I'd need COD. Of those 5 million, I'm sure there are people that can't get enough military shooter action and will get COD too, but I wonder if there were people considering getting both, but won't since they don't see a need for another one of these.
  • sweetchiliheat - October 31, 2011 3:38 p.m.

    I dunno, two days for MW3 to reach 6 million...i doubt it.
  • TheZigMan - October 31, 2011 3:31 p.m.

    Still have to buy this. University has me workin so hard, I've had no time for video games
  • tisom - October 31, 2011 2:46 p.m.

    I wonder if I am the only one who can read Arabic and realized that DICE doesn't know that Arabic is read from right to left...
  • UberNoob - October 31, 2011 5:10 p.m.

    I know a little bit of Arabic since I have a bit of Middle Eastern blood. I'm not very good, so I honestly didn't notice.
  • dhom25 - November 1, 2011 1:09 a.m.

    You're not alone my friend, I mean look at the picture posted. instead of "فندق" its spelled as "ق د ن ف" =.= That's quite the fail right there. I guess they didnt really consider arabic readers, huh...
  • UberNoob - October 31, 2011 2:30 p.m.

    Congrats to you DICE. Go to hell, EA...
  • joemama - October 31, 2011 1:52 p.m.

    Out of all my freinds on xbox360, PS3 and Pc I was the only one who baught it and played the demo. I guess it did better than I thought.
  • nash1991 - October 31, 2011 2:09 p.m.

    I guess you're the only on amongst all your friends who recognizes a game that requires team work and skill... not just twitch and reflex skills :/

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