Brown: Battlefield 3 sells 8 million, ships 12 million

Wednesday, 30th November 2011 01:06 GMT By Brenna Hillier

EA chief financial officer Eric Brown told the Baird Technology Conference yesterday that Battlefield 3 has been purchased 8 million times.

As reported by GameInformer, Brown also revealed the publisher has shipped 12 million copies. 10 million units were shipped to retailers in the game’s first week.

During the same period, 5 million copies of the DICE shooter had been sold, EA’s largest launch ever.

While the sales probably don’t approach those of rival Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, EA didn’t expect them to, being content to take some of Activision’s market share.

Battlefield 3 is available now on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.



  1. DSB

    Hopefully those numbers will serve as extra motivation to patch the game. Chop chop, Swedish.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Erthazus

    Amazing. Now bring me some Karkand and it’s perfection. Half of the current maps need a redesign for 64 player.

    but Operation firestorm is an instant classic.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. LethalKi11ler

    Good to see Battlefield being sold this well! Will really encourage the DLC. Can’t wait for Karkand!

    #3 3 years ago
  4. John117

    Good for EA, It really feels like they have the balls of Activision now. They will soon launch a new MMO which might take it’s share of WoW players. They also have a new developer “Respawn” who by trial may be allowed to use the name Modern Warfare in their games, or atleast EA can put a huge “By the makers of Modern Warfare franshice”.

    Man, aint games buisness exciting atm? :D

    #4 3 years ago
  5. OrbitMonkey

    ^ All EA are trying to do is beat the Activision branded games, with the exact same kind of games, all be it with a different skin. Not that exciting tbh.

    Same old shit, different wrapper.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Ireland Michael

    @5 A wrapper of far higher quality and durability.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. StolenGlory

    “exact same kind of games, all be it with a different skin.”

    Except that in multiplayer, Battlefield and CoD are as different as two shooters can be.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. LOLshock94

    RIP DICE ive known you well :,(

    #8 3 years ago
  9. ManuOtaku

    I think in the long run Battlefield 3 will be close to MW3 selling numbers, the GAP will be not that big IMHO, many MW3 players can still buy Battlefield 3 game and viceversa, a gamer can enjoy both, because they are very different in nature, i prefer battlefield 3 cause i relly suck at call of duty, dont know the reason, but iam more competitive in battlefield, maybe iam better at team work but i have finished MVP a couple of times in some matches, while on call of duty i came on the last places, i hope that this change with MW3 as i heard in some reviews that it is more friendly with newer players with the poinstreak instead of killstreak choice and that it has a little slower pace than previous games, iam waiting my copy of MW3 to know if this is true cause i hope i can be better at it.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. YoungZer0

    @7: That’s the reason why the singleplayer of BF3 sucks so much. It tries to be CoD, instead of building on the strengths of the franchise.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. StolenGlory

    @10 You’ll have no quibble with me on the single-player.

    @8 I don’t understand. They sell the most that they ever have and its time of them to close down?

    #11 3 years ago
  12. sg1974

    SP is stunningly, achingly bad. But MP more than makes up for it. And the latter is why most people buy BF, isn’t it?

    #12 3 years ago
  13. DSB

    @6 By what standard? The multiplayer is a gem, but it’s a seriously rough gem, and not one that I’d associate with quality just yet.

    It takes them weeks after release to finally patch in queueing for servers? How is that not in there on release?

    Ultimately there’s a lot of fixing and patching to do before it becomes a truly rounded game. I’m not impressed with the balance. I might force myself to try different weapons than the ones that may suit me the best for the sake of challenge, but that certainly doesn’t go for the majority of the players.

    I’m starting to think that core BF3 was somehow a half-finished version that was simply meant to preempt Activision, to be followed up by a proper build once Karkand comes around.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. sg1974

    I and everyone I know who plays it enjoy the MP – despite its numerous and well-documented flaws. That’s a good enough standard for me.

    #14 3 years ago

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