Battlefield 3 sells over 5 million copies in first week

Electronic Arts decided to take a moment to pat itself on the back for a spectacular first week of sales of its highly anticipated first person shooter Battlefield 3. The publisher announced today that in its first week the game, from developer Digital Illusions, sold over 5 million copies, which EA says makes it the fastest selling game in the publisher's history.

Despite generally good reviews (you can check out Neowin's own review, based on the Xbox 360 version, right here), there have been a number of players who have encountered issues with playing the game, particularly with connecting to Battlefield 3's online servers. In its press release today, EA said, "While some players experienced intermittent disruption of online services due to high volume, internal estimates show that servers and service uptime stabilized to roughly 98.9 (percent) throughout the weekend, ensuring that players were connected and enjoying the game."

Digital Illusions also posted up a lengthy post on the game's official blog site detailing some of the post-launch issues that have been encountered by some Battlefield 3 players in its first week and what DICE is doing to solve them. They include authentication problems, Quick Match issues and, as usual, problems with cheating players.

DICE's general manager Karl Magnus Troedsson said at the end of the blog post, "We wouldn’t be here without the support and passion provided by all of our fans. Thank you again for turning up in record numbers, for being honest with your feedback, and supportive of our efforts to deliver a multiplayer experience that we can enjoy together for years to come. We’re very excited to show you what’s around the corner and truly appreciate your being on this journey with us."

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John do you do anything else but write news stories? I mean they are good. But it seems like you come out with a new one every few mins

warwagon said,
John do you do anything else but write news stories? I mean they are good. But it seems like you come out with a new one every few mins

He's a full time writer for Neowin.

warwagon said,
John do you do anything else but write news stories? I mean they are good. But it seems like you come out with a new one every few mins

I was totally thinking that yesterday when I was looking at old posts.

I surely hope he gets paid by the hour...

warwagon said,
John do you do anything else but write news stories? I mean they are good. But it seems like you come out with a new one every few mins

I was totally thinking that yesterday when I was looking at old posts.

I surely hope he gets paid by the hour...

*Merson sits down to start the campaign*

*4 hours later Merson stands back up again as he has completed the campaign*

Thank god for MP.

P.S. I also look forward to Modern Warfare's next 3 hour outing.

Battlefield 3, and Battlefield 2 before it (can't speak for the other BF outings, never played them) have always been about multi-player over single player.

And in all fairness, the campaign completion times vary from person to person. I've racked up at least 6 hours already, and I think I'm only about 2/3 of the way through. 9 hours for a modern shooter isn't bad at all, especially when there's little in the way of filler (I'm looking at you Gordon Freeman).

Well, there's not my copy there because I'm broke. Anyway, good job, DICE. From what I've seen, it's very impressive.

Shiranui said,
Will gamers ever get tired of shooting people, I wonder?

I'd wager, sometime after people get tired of shooting people. Which is, therefore, never.

Urgh, thats just sad. :\ Everyone I've spoken to describes it as BC2.5, it just has nicer graphics. :\ BC2 wasn't exactly what you'd call a beacon of excellent gameplay design...

Pc_Madness said,
Urgh, thats just sad. :\ Everyone I've spoken to describes it as BC2.5, it just has nicer graphics. :\ BC2 wasn't exactly what you'd call a beacon of excellent gameplay design...

yeah, the only reason there is hype/sales is because it's supposed to be one of those games that offers cream of the crop graphics as it seems like Crysis 2/BF3 are as good as it gets for PC games and graphics in general.

In my opinion, the same people that buy BF3 has COD as its primary first person shooter. They are playing and trying BF3 but a few of them will let COD, and much of them like me, will play only the solo campaign. BF3 is just "beauty", its gameplay doesn't make me comfortable. It's a fight like PES and FIFA. I believe COD is going to achieve a new record very soon. Guys, this is just my opinion.

Eberton Sobreira said,
In my opinion, the same people that buy BF3 has COD as its primary first person shooter. They are playing and trying BF3 but a few of them will let COD, and much of them like me, will play only the solo campaign. BF3 is just "beauty", its gameplay doesn't make me comfortable. It's a fight like PES and FIFA. I believe COD is going to achieve a new record very soon. Guys, this is just my opinion.

A good friend of mine who I play BF3 with was like this. Took a big push to get him to get BF3. He said he would only do it to hold him over to MW3, and for me not to be surprised if he still played MW2 more.....

Now everytime I hop on my XBox, he is playing BF3 and immediately invites me, "I need my medic!," so I asked him what he is going to do when MW3 hits... His response, "What's Modern Warfare?"

I'm not saying MW3 won't do great, but I'm glad I pulled my friend over from that franchise. His main reason for completely switching was the teamwork, though he himself is getting out of the run and gun mindframe, he loves relying on a good squad to achieve victories.

Personally i absolutely despise COD gameplay.... but i liked BC2 and i love BF3. Off course, there's already TONS of people using AIMBOT right now... but at least PB get them (it's very easy to see anyway)

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