Battlefield 3 week 1 sales are in...

Seb Parker: "A mere 5 weeks ago Epic and Gears of War 3 set the 2011 record for the highest debut of the year with over 3 million copies sold in its first week on sale. One week later and EA announced that Fifa Soccer 12 had toppled that with 3.2 million in its first week. Well, with Battlefield 3, they have reason to celebrate yet again."

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princejb1342235d ago

congrats dice, buying my copy soon

StanLee2235d ago (Edited 2235d ago )

Makes Gears of War 3's launch number seem even more impressive. Battlefield 3 is multiplatform, excessively hyped and launched on all 3 major platforms. Hope EA and DICE take the time to stop gloating and fix the game.

EVILDEAD3602235d ago

'Makes Gears of War 3's launch number seem even more impressive'

Yup, I called it back then. There were people trying to downplay Gears' first week sale when nothing still has topped it.

Gears-3 million+ sales in one week only on the 360

Fifa 12- 3.2 million multi-platform

Battelfield 3 - 3.5 million multi-patform

Either way, ALL of these first week numbers will be shattered next week when Call of Duty:MW3 drops.


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nintenflo2235d ago (Edited 2235d ago )

Bought it already, it's an excellent game!
@evil dead 360 I expect mw3 to sell between 10 - 15 mill in it's first week!

Bf3 sales are a little lower than I expected but I think that's because they released it a little too near to mw3, they should have released it 3 or 4 weeks ago then it would have sold better imho!

darthv722235d ago

activision is watching these numbers really closely. MW3 comes out soon and the die hard MW fans are gonna be all over it like dust on a wii.

Perjoss2235d ago (Edited 2235d ago )

"because xbox owners dont have other games to play"

If multi platform games didn't exist then your comment would be correct.

MW3 will probably sell a lot more copies than BF3, but Lady Gaga sells really well too but it does not mean she makes great music.

Jamzluminati2235d ago

Who cares? Uncharted 3 is going to sell 10 million in one day.

Anon19742235d ago

Ah, seems like only yesterday, VGChartz was admitting that MGS4's sales figures included no actual sample data from Europe and just guessed for the whole region.

AntBoogy902235d ago


I agree with you about the whole "stop gloating and fix the game".. because of MW3, they released it early and right now it's pretty damn buggy.

I would've preferred to buy my retail copy later on, so they would have time to fix the issues.

Nevertheless, great game.. and great sales.. and now we wait for the huge patch coming soon :)

Lord_Stark2235d ago (Edited 2235d ago )

@ Stop

I'm assuming you're referring to the stellar exclusives for the PS3 this fall like Reistance 3 (mediocre, flop), Ratchet and Clank All for One (rubbish, flop), Payday The Heist (utter rubbish, massive failure) and Uncharted 3, the only real exclusive of note. While, Microsft has released Gears of War 3 (critical and commercial success) and Forza 4 (critical and commercial success) and will release Halo CE Anniversary in a couple weeks which is expected to be, you guessed it, a critical and commercial success.

EVILDEAD3602235d ago (Edited 2235d ago )

@ Nintenflo

'Bought it already, it's an excellent game!
@evil dead 360 I expect mw3 to sell between 10 -15 mill in it's first week!'

I agree with you 100% in that BF is a great game. I'm still at the early in the campaign, but I don't see where the SP hate is coming from.

But, in regards to the BF sales, I feel like EA could have done so much more had they not spent the early portion of the year in bashing Modern Warfare.

I'm not even going to predict MW3 sales, because in short, it's going to break every record in the book.

Battlefield 3 did 5 million in a week and is EAs biggest seller ever.

In comparison:

Call of Duty: Black Ops reportedly sold 7 million in the first 24 hours on sale.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3? It's going to be ridiculous what's about to happen. This isn't a knock at BF, just keeping it real.


Gamer19822235d ago

@stanlee as much as I agree with your multi platform remark your saying Gears wasn't excessively hyped? Where you been living before its launch? A box perhaps?

Denethor_II2235d ago

"Yup, I called it back then. There were people trying to downplay Gears' first week sale when nothing still has topped it.

Gears-3 million+ sales in one week only on the 360"

One could argue that Gears 3 sold well, and most would probably agree. But I would put forward the argument that when it comes to games to look forward to on the XBox, Gears is the only one.

Aloren2235d ago

@Denethor_II Maybe you should put forward the argument that it is an excellent game.

ljh2172235d ago

Everyone forgets that Trials HD is an XBLA exclusive. Arguably the greatest downloadable game ever created.

gamingdroid2235d ago

Doesn't matter to me, because I know Gears of War 3 has not only a huge community online, it is one of the best I have ever participated in.

You can spin the numbers any way you want, but Gears is a huge exclusive franchise only toppled by a few. Many multi-platforms can't match up.

I think the test of time and the continued size of the community tells me if a game was really well received.

No amount of marketing and/or hype will make me enjoy a game more or less.

badz1492235d ago

"I'm assuming you're referring to the stellar exclusives for the PS3 this fall like Reistance 3 (mediocre, flop), Ratchet and Clank All for One (rubbish, flop), Payday The Heist (utter rubbish, massive failure)"

I kinda agree that Payday is kinda mediocre but

Resistance 3 = mediocre, flop?
All 4 One = rubbish, flop?

let me ask you something; have you played all these games? I don't think so! so STFU TROLL! you don't have the rights to comment on games you don't play!

miyamoto2235d ago

If there isanything note worthy that Microsoft has made is...making a lot of gamers into sales whores courtesy of Aaron Greenberg MS PR man. sales zombies for that matter. destroyed.

DaTruth2234d ago

Unlike MS, Sony doesn't just release games in the holiday season! They release half of all their exclusives before June!

Sony3602234d ago


People like myself who own all platforms can have all the games they want. I bought Gears 3 with all of the other games available on platforms and it's still one of the best out of all of them.

Bitter fanboys like you are the real losers, and your point is completely moot.

SWORDF1SH2234d ago

I agree with da truth
Sony spread their exclusives.
MS have blown their load of exclusives in one go.
Whats left for next year for MS?
A few years of Kinect pushing games while MS focus on XBOX 3.

And yes 360 exclusives sell more because MS markets everything aggressively, at a price, while sony spends less on advertising and not having to sell more games to recoup the loss.
PS3 exclusives dont have huge first weeks but they sell at a steady pace.

You get a lot of people claiming things are a flop but using vgchartz data 14 ps3 game published by sony have sold over 2M
17 360 sold over 2M.

Trebius2234d ago (Edited 2234d ago )

Its easy to get 3mil 1st week sales with a 360 exclusive because 360 players have to wait a full year just for 1 decent exclusive.

If ps3's only exclusive game was Uncharted, then that game would sell WAYYY more copies, but since ps3 gamers have so much CHOICE when it comes to exclusives, theres something for everyone and eveyroen doesnt have to settle on 1 overhyped title every year.

To call Resistance 3 and Ratchet and Clank a flop just shows how out of touch some ppl are with the gaming

lMHl2234d ago


very funny comment bro

lMHl2234d ago


I have played all of those games apart from Ratchet and Clank and I can say that they were all really bad games uncharted and twisted metal are the only good games on the ps3 in my opinion gears is a great game by the way but the best games ever made were the halo series

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bayport2235d ago

Why do people keep using the SOCOM:Confrontation guy as the a "battlefield 3" picture

n4gisatroll2235d ago

I was just about to ask that myself! For a second, before reading the article I thought I clicked on a confrontation 2 announcement lol

Ulf2235d ago (Edited 2235d ago )

SOCOM: Confrontation had really great cover art. People love to re-use it.

JANF2235d ago

congrats to EA!! those are some excellent sales.

trancefreak2235d ago

WOOT lets throw a party for them Woot Woot /s

JANF2235d ago

WOOt you're so cool Woot Woot /s

ATi_Elite2235d ago

BF3 sales will top 10 million after Christmas and maybe 12 million if the Steam rumors are true.

Batman, BF3, MW3, Uncharted will be the big time Christmas games this holiday.

DiRtY2235d ago

Uncharted won't be as big as the ones u mentioned. No exclusive game will. And if there will be an exclusive game it will be Gears of War 3. On consoles that is. The 3DS games will be big as well.

MW3, BF3 and Skyrim will be the really big ones this year.

y0haN2234d ago

Don't forget Zelda Skyward Sword and TES: Skyrim.

awi59512235d ago

There is no way they can tell how much the digital version sold so i dont trust these numbers.

awi59512235d ago

I also bought my digital version from amazon i was going to buy from direct2drive but amazon was 10 bucks cheaper. Most of these digital download sites dont announce their sales because brick and mortar stores threaten to retaliate against their partners buy pulling their products off shelves.

JsonHenry2235d ago

I bought it for PC. A FANTASTIC FPS. I rate it at the top of my list with the likes of its more complicated brother Red Orchestra 2.

ATi_Elite2235d ago

Hey 3 cheers for another Red Orchestra 2 fan.

It's a pain in the butt playing BF3 all week then having to play RO2 all weekend.

the first hour i end up getting slaughtered until i get the BF3 out my system. lol

finbars752235d ago

Very impressive indeed but if you read the the new numbers just announced 30 minutes ago they actually got the total amount in it's first week and it's actually 5 million copies including downloads.That to me my friends is good news for Dice and the fans who are playing it.Well go check out the info if you don't believe me.Got to get back to playing BF3

showtimefolks2235d ago

and within a year 12-15 million

Ea can not beat COD this time around what they can do is take a big part of FPS market

BF3's MP will take months to complete so its a game with huge replay value

congrs dice

zeddy2235d ago

does vgchartz have a reliable source or are they just guessing?

aksmashh2235d ago

"Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 in a couple of weeks, a title which is expected to top a mammoth 12 million units in its first week"

Thats crazy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

chriski3332235d ago

very nice but im wondering how much did the game cost to make ????????

Kos-Mos2235d ago

Is it impressive that 3 million teens buy a shooter?

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fluffydelusions2235d ago (Edited 2235d ago )

Great news for DICE! I'm sure they are happy.

BeardedGamerShow2235d ago

I expected great sales, but this exceeds my expectations. This game may hit 10 million lifetime.

hiredhelp2235d ago

it go beyond 10mil i reckon. If this game gets to ontinued support on all formats i can see this game being played for quite some time.

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