Battlefield: Bad Company 2 console demo downloaded over three million times

Electronic Arts has tweeted that over 3.5 million people have tried out the Battlefield: Bad Company 2 demo on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The number did not include figures from the game’s PC beta.

The announcement comes as Electronic Arts has once again challenged Activision’s Infinity Ward and Treyarch studios by claiming that Battlefield: Bad Company 2 developer DICE is on top when it comes to online multiplayer.

According to Will Graham, Electronic Arts’ Product manager, there isn’t a developer out there now that can compete with DICE.

“DICE is at the forefront of defining the multiplayer and online vehicle warfare space and has substantial pedigree in this area following many years of success,” Graham told MCV. “We genuinely believe there isn’t a developer out there that competes with DICE in this space, and Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is going cement that.

“The use of vehicles in Battlefield: Bad Company 2 sets it apart from the competition and no one else in the industry does this better.

“This is also something the core are very excited about: DICE’s history of delivering a multiplayer experience utilizing vehicles is something that sets it apart from anything else in the market. It’s also an element that fits with the increasing emphasis on multiplayer for gamers in general.”

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is set to hit store shelves on March 2 in North America and March 5 in Europe for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.

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Too bad the game is going to be filled with hackers like MW2 if not more. There are people already exploiting bugs in the beta already if its not fixed for final release already. My issue is they haven't really shown the commitment on repairing the beta as they mentioned so i'm skeptical about the final release as a whole. Yeah I know its just a beta, but its patchable as they've already done twice.

BFBC2 is a more of a team based type game, MW2 was good for about a month - which was about the time it took for everyone to find, exploit and boost every glitch possible.

I am sure this game will have similar issues but the gameplay and physics are far superior than any of the COD games combined. I give COD4 its props but MW2 was a mass market campaign to get more people playing and even out the playing field pitting bad players against good and still standing a chance to win.

In the end I dont really care, it all comes down to personal opinion and choice of game. I bought and played MAG for about 15 minutes - wont play it again. Now my personal opinion... BFBC2 BETA is better than the released game of MW2..hands down!

Not bad numbers....nearly everyone I know is getting the pc version so id be interested what the total figures are ? 4.5 - 6 million ?

BC2 is by far the best multiplayer as was BF2....COD MW2 is ok....but if you put them head to head BC2 blows it to pieces IMO

Baked said,
Not bad numbers....nearly everyone I know is getting the pc version so id be interested what the total figures are ? 4.5 - 6 million ?

BC2 is by far the best multiplayer as was BF2....COD MW2 is ok....but if you put them head to head BC2 blows it to pieces IMO

I played it for a few hours. I'll never touch it again unless there are some major changes. MW2 would still blow it away.

dogmai said,

I played it for a few hours. I'll never touch it again unless there are some major changes. MW2 would still blow it away.


major changes such as?

I have high hopes for this game (on the PC). I played the PC beta for awhile now and it's fun. I find it more enjoyable than Modern Warfare 2. This is coming from someone who loved Call of Duty 4 with a passion. I can't wait to play this game on the 2nd of March. It's only 10 days away!

Anaron said,
I have high hopes for this game (on the PC). I played the PC beta for awhile now and it's fun. I find it more enjoyable than Modern Warfare 2. This is coming from someone who loved Call of Duty 4 with a passion. I can't wait to play this game on the 2nd of March. It's only 10 days away!

After playing and loving CoD4, you like this???

miguel_montes said,
The PC beta is really good. I have had a great time playing it. Isn't the demo good on the consoles?
I have both the demo and beta for PC and 360. I find the demo on the consoles to be more stable then the PC regarding graphics and overall gameplay but there is a lot that still needs to be added and fixed in both. Although it is just a demo and beta but if you loom on EA's forums they have made a list of what they will add and fix which is very good since they always ask for feedback.

Edited by AJC., Feb 21 2010, 9:31pm :

xendrome said,
In Other News, 3 million people disappointed in Battlefield Bad Company 2 Demo.

+1 billion

The game sucks. I didn't like it. Too laggy and seems like you're almost floating around. Both CoD4 and MW2 still blow this away. I was looking forward to this. I've always been a fan of CoD but wanted to see this beat them. It looks and feels way too much like MAG. I hate that one even more than this but they have a similar feel in terms of that feeling of floating when you're running around and the turns and aiming just doesn't feel right.

Joshua Seed said,

There will be no PC demo, just a beta for those who pre-ordered the game.


look around for Beta Access, i got onto it, and i did not pre-order the game.

http://www.gamespot.com/event/codes/battlefield-bc2-beta/

gamespot has the beta key, and you need to be a member with them, to get one.

Gabe3 said,
wheres the PC demo?

No demo, no purchase. Sorry EA, yet another PC game I'm forced to skip over for now. Too bad too cause I enjoyed the PS3 demo.

3 Milions, huh? When I see those big numbers I always wonder why there are ppl searching for life in another planets when there isnt on our...

ThePitt said,
3 Milions, huh? When I see those big numbers I always wonder why there are ppl searching for life in another planets when there isnt on our...

3 million is a tiny proportion compared to the number of LIVE/PSN accounts out there.

ThePitt said,
3 Milions, huh? When I see those big numbers I always wonder why there are ppl searching for life in another planets when there isnt on our...

Definitely the most stupid post ever. What are your qualifications for life?

This isn't really related, but I think it's relevent.
I blame EA entirely for piracy, it's because of them that I'd never buy a single product they made. Bullfrog did good things until EA came along, same with Westwood. Now they're just an uptight snotty company that doesn't care for games or people, just profit.
Now you can argue that they're the best example of a company because the only goal of a company IS to make profit, but still.

And as manofmystery quite rightly said, multiplayer lasts a year (if you're lucky). So I thank EA for opening my eyes and for saving me money that I might otherwise have wasted on their junk!

n_K said,
And as manofmystery quite rightly said, multiplayer lasts a year (if you're lucky).

That's not right. People still play Battlefield 2. And it's almost five years old.

miguel_montes said,

That's not right. People still play Battlefield 2. And it's almost five years old.


Consoles games don't last anywhere near as long as PC games though.

miguel_montes said,

That's not right. People still play Battlefield 2. And it's almost five years old.

this is true i do, and i know alot of other people that do also.

what said,

Consoles games don't last anywhere near as long as PC games though.

God bless mods. Where would the Battlefield series be without Desert Combat?

battlefield shows exactly whats wrong with COD:MW2 in the multilayer. this is gonna be a great game when it comes out

+ 1.
EA are taking this whole saving money thing way to far, its stupid and ruins the experience and is basically scamming the people who save up and buy the game.

ManOfMystery said,
Oh do not worry, EA will shut down the servers in a year's time anyways so why bother paying for it?

Because EA can't wait to to shut off servers for games a whole bunch of people are playing.

ManOfMystery said,
Oh do not worry, EA will shut down the servers in a year's time anyways so why bother paying for it?

Good reason to get the PC version, the best servers for BF are the non-EA ones anyway.

Viper217 said,

Good reason to get the PC version, the best servers for BF are the non-EA ones anyway.

It is required to go through the EA servers to log in. Nontheless, EA has mainly been focusing on console games to shutdown, if you notice, BF1942 and BF2 still have servers. As long as people play the game EA will probably support the servers.

ManOfMystery said,
Oh do not worry, EA will shut down the servers in a year's time anyways so why bother paying for it?

lol wow, Bad Company 1 servers are still up and going. It's the games that didn't have a lot of people playing them that got taken down. They can't compete with IW if they take them down after a year.

Viper217 said,

Good reason to get the PC version, the best servers for BF are the non-EA ones anyway.


just to add to what Omen said, the server list also uses EA servers. so if EA shuts down their servers, no servers will show up in the server list.

ManOfMystery said,
Oh do not worry, EA will shut down the servers in a year's time anyways so why bother paying for it?

Wrong. Battlefield 1942 servers are still up and ea supported and the game came out in 2002. BF2 is still going strong thanks to the vast modding community.

Edited by whodoyouthinkyouare, Feb 21 2010, 8:39pm :

Viper217 said,

Good reason to get the PC version, the best servers for BF are the non-EA ones anyway.

Just my idea :)