Battlefield 3 & Star Wars TOR break pre-order records

Both the shooter and MMORPG poised to shift some serious units
Matthew Turner

July 28, 2011

EA has revealed record breaking pre-order figures for two of its forthcoming titles.

Battlefield 3 and Star Wars: The Old Republic are performing “extremely well,” with the latter only becoming available to purchase last week.

DICE’s first-person shooter, aiming to rival Activison’s Modern Warfare series this autumn, is set to be released in October.

John Riccitiello, CEO of DICE, has claimed that the pre-order numbers for Battlefield are at more than ten times the amount that they saw for its predecessor, Battlefield: Bad Company 2.

Pre-orders of Battlefield will see consumers given access to a DLC pack called “Back to Karkand,” which will grant users the opportunity to play with a number of maps, vehicles and weapons from Battlefield 2.

However, pre-sales have not been as strong as its competitor Modern Warfare 3.

According to analyst Doug Creutz, the sales figures “indicate that Battlefield 3 pre-orders are roughly comparable to those of Call of Duty: Black Ops last year, which has gone on to sell over 20 million units.”

Star Wars: The Old Republic, meanwhile, has apparently broken EA’s pre-order records since it became available.

The MMO, developed by BioWare, has three separate editions available that were detailed in an announcement last week.


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