Battlefield 3 emerged at the end of last week, and promptly blazed to some record sales figures for EA.
In fact, shifting 5 million copies in its first week led to EA declaring that it was their fastest selling game ever.
Chart Track stats placed BF3 as the ninth best debut week of any video game in the UK when it came to the money generated. And Battlefield 3 also outsold the entire cumulative first week sales of the whole Battlefield back catalogue.
Not everyone was impressed by Battlefield 3, however, particularly on the PC format. True, these days that’s a gaming medium which is totally eclipsed by the big consoles, but it still matters.
Some would-be PC buyers of the shooter were put off by the requirement to install Origin, EA’s digital delivery service, in order to purchase Battlefield 3.
And now a bunch of particularly angry hackers have been fiddling with the BF3 executable, and have cooked up a version which bypasses the need for Origin to be installed.
According to Gamasutra, the group which calls itself Razor1911 issued a statement to say: “This release is dedicated to our fans worldwide who bought this game [the] legal way and don’t want to install the trojan from Electronic Arts to play online.”
No doubt there will be a few takers, and perhaps a few more sales of Battlefield 3 on the PC now a method of swerving EA’s store is available.
The question is how will EA respond to this – will those who have been detected as using the crack have their serial key banned from the online battlefields? It’s a distinct possibility, as we certainly can’t see EA taking a softly, softly approach…