GAMES DEVELOPER Electronic Arts (EA) has announced that Battlefield 3 has become its fastest selling game.
Based on 'internal estimates' the game, which launched on 25 October, has sold five million copies globally. The game is available on the Xbox 360, the Playstation 3 and for PCs.
Patrick Soderlund, EVP at EA said, "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."
EA believes that the outstanding sales have been due to high review scores and word of mouth from gamers. The game's Facebook page has over 2.5 million 'likes'. Gamers have been enjoying millions of kills, revives and vehicle explosions with 98.9 per cent uptime on servers, according to EA.
Battlefield 3 is the third installment in the series that began in 2002 with Battlefield 1942. It is one of the big rivals to Activision's Call of Duty (CoD) series of first-person shooters.
CoD Black Ops launched last year and, in comparison, sold 5.6 million copies in its first day on sale. The next CoD title, called Modern Warfare 3 is due to tip up on 8 November and will no doubt sell extremely well too.
"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," Soderlund added. µ
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