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Battlefield 3 ships 10 million copies

Battlefield 3 ships 10 million copies

Electronic Arts has said it is unlikely to bin singleplayer and focus just on online for Battlefield.

Electronic Arts has shipped 10 million copies to retailers across the world, many of whom are already requesting more stock.

Three million copies of the game had been sold as pre-orders before the game was released, confirmed Electronic Arts' COO Peter Moore in an investor call yesterday.

Despite Battlefield 3's successes, however EA says it is unlikely to return Battlefield to it's multiplayer-only roots and plans to keep the singleplayer component for the foreseeable future.

'The single play experience is important. It's a great way to get fans into the experience, have them train up and get ready for multiplayer,' EA's Frank Gibeau told Eurogamer. 'A lot of fans just enjoy having that single player experience. So I think you have to have both.'

'Remember as well that single player is often how new players ramp into the game,' added EA CEO John Riccitiello. 'It's a way for new players to get exposed to a franchise.'

One of the few that hasn't bought the game yet? Read our Battlefield 3 PC review to see if you should.

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Blazza181 28th October 2011, 11:21 Quote
Holy jebus. That's a lot of shipping requests. Imagine what kind of figures Origin will get.
yassarikhan786 28th October 2011, 11:22 Quote
Amazing success. :).
Parge 28th October 2011, 11:32 Quote
If only I could get online!
xaser04 28th October 2011, 11:43 Quote
Received my retail copy today from Play. Can't wait to get home and give it a whirl.

I would have ordered it through Origin, but my Internet connection (at home) has been a little intermittant lately so thought it best to get a retail copy.
TheKrumpet 28th October 2011, 11:48 Quote
That's... impressive. That being said, wait and see how many copies MW3 sells in the same period.
modfx 28th October 2011, 11:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by xaser04
Received my retail copy today from Play. Can't wait to get home and give it a whirl.

I would have ordered it through Origin, but my Internet connection (at home) has been a little intermittant lately so thought it best to get a retail copy.

I went play for mine too but it hasn't turned up yet, I just get:

Processing in warehouse

Delivery estimate: 3-5 working days

:<
VeNoM JaCKaL 28th October 2011, 11:55 Quote
Same here @modfx I had per-ordered mine from Amazon and I am still awaiting for it to be shipping. I feel so left out of this immerse warfare :'(

All I want to do is get in there and get my frags on!
Marvin-HHGTTG 28th October 2011, 12:09 Quote
Damn it, Amazon shipped mine yesterday, the postman rang the doorbell too - rushed downstairs, to find out that it was a package for my brother. Damn I was pissed. Oh well, can't play much this weekend anyway.
kingosticks 28th October 2011, 12:12 Quote
Mine was shipped from amazon yesterday and arrived this morning. If you paid the extra £2 shipping you really should get it on release date....
V3ctor 28th October 2011, 12:12 Quote
Amazon just shipped my BF3 just 2h ago... With luck I'll get it on the 31st. If not, I'm only playing 2nd of Nov... 1 Nov, is a holiday in Portugal :(

I hope I'm lucky... I very anxious to play it...
runadumb 28th October 2011, 12:14 Quote
I pre-ordered from amazon and went free shipping. Then my mates copy arrived on wednesday, mine hadn't even been dispatched so I logged back in, paid the extra £1.61 and here I am installing it right now.

So to the guys above that don't have it yet, don't feel too bad, I will play it plenty for all of us ;)
*quickly runs away*
Spraduke 28th October 2011, 12:15 Quote
My disc from play turned up last night but everytime i tried to install it launches origin and then the "Authenticating BF3" part just results in page request failure (i.e. the auth servers are overwhelmed).

Not a particularly reasurring start to my use of Origin, especially as it then wouldn't continue on to install the files anyway. It would be nice if it installed first then requested auth but never mind!
yassarikhan786 28th October 2011, 12:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by Spraduke
My disc from play turned up last night but everytime i tried to install it launches origin and then the "Authenticating BF3" part just results in page request failure (i.e. the auth servers are overwhelmed).

Not a particularly reasurring start to my use of Origin, especially as it then wouldn't continue on to install the files anyway. It would be nice if it installed first then requested auth but never mind!

Unlucky mate. I logged into battlelog at around 11 last night and there was a message at the top saying something about some servers being overwhelmed.
barny2767 28th October 2011, 12:54 Quote
pre-orderd from origin and took 45mins to activate but with the amout of people all trying at once with such a demand its not that long. My friend told me about when he got half-life 2 on 1st day and took him 8 hours to play from getting home and his friend 6 hours. so i think it went smooth for EA/DICE
runadumb 28th October 2011, 13:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by barny2767
pre-orderd from origin and took 45mins to activate but with the amout of people all trying at once with such a demand its not that long. My friend told me about when he got half-life 2 on 1st day and took him 8 hours to play from getting home and his friend 6 hours. so i think it went smooth for EA/DICE

Difference being that was 2004. Steam no longer has such issues, even with massive releases.
The huge sales slow things down though.
damien c 28th October 2011, 13:49 Quote
Well I bought just a key, from a website and redeemed it using Origin, downloaded the game in 15 minutes and was playing 10 minutes later, and that was on Wednesday night (UK).

I bought the Russian code that came with the map pack and other bit's for £25.99 :)

Redeemed using a VPN, downloaded and installed it without the VPN, then ran the single player 1st with the VPN on and hey presto worked but, was in Russian so downloaded the stuff from where I bought it and now it's in English and play's perfectly.

Can't believe though that they shipped 10 million copies and places are saying they need more stock, that is just amazing for a game that does not have Call Of Duty in the name I think in such a short period of time as well.

Then there is all the download's from Origin and other places, so I would not be surprised if up to now they have sold around 12 million copies, with the expectation of them selling a further 3 - 5 million copies giving a total of between 15 and 17 million copies over say, the next 12 month's but I may be wrong and maybe they will sell more than that within the next 2 month's who know's really.

Anyway I am enjoying this game allot and looking forward to a weekend full of shooting people and getting some practice using those snipers.
Redbeaver 28th October 2011, 13:53 Quote
youch! no wonder all the lags! :)
the_kille4 28th October 2011, 14:13 Quote
played two levels of single player than jumped straight to multiplayer... and now i'm lovin' it!
TWeaK 28th October 2011, 14:23 Quote
I was one of the fools who pre-ordered on Origin. The game unlocked at 12:52 last night (after issues with the authentication system) and I had a good long play.

The multiplayer is good fun, but all the stories about the single player are spot on - it's rubbish. I think I'll be switching the difficulty to easy (if I even bother to finish it) and just sit back and try to enjoy the set pieces, because as a game there's just no pleasure in being told what to do and when to do it all the time.
yassarikhan786 28th October 2011, 15:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by TWeaK
I was one of the fools who pre-ordered on Origin. The game unlocked at 12:52 last night (after issues with the authentication system) and I had a good long play.

The multiplayer is good fun, but all the stories about the single player are spot on - it's rubbish. I think I'll be switching the difficulty to easy (if I even bother to finish it) and just sit back and try to enjoy the set pieces, because as a game there's just no pleasure in being told what to do and when to do it all the time.

If you used a proxy switcher you could have been playing on the 25th like a lot of people :).
fingerbob69 28th October 2011, 15:55 Quote
10 million plus people all trying to authenticate/download and play ...all at midnight/the sametime.

And people wonder why EA's systems struggled.

I ain't buying this til nearer Christmas... when it's patched proper and the servers are less over loaded.
Gunsmith 28th October 2011, 16:14 Quote
im interested to see how much of that 10 mill was on the pc
Spraduke 28th October 2011, 16:25 Quote
Went home for lunch today and managed to get it to unlock and started the install from CD. When i get home it will need disc 2 and no doubt a reasonable patch too.
hexx 28th October 2011, 16:40 Quote
i just hope that my copy is waiting for me at home, amazon says it was dispatched yesterday so fingers crossed
hexx 28th October 2011, 16:52 Quote
this is crazy month, i still want Arkham City, Skyrim and Uncharted 3
edzieba 28th October 2011, 18:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by TWeaK
The multiplayer is good fun, but all the stories about the single player are spot on - it's rubbish. I think I'll be switching the difficulty to easy (if I even bother to finish it) and just sit back and try to enjoy the set pieces, because as a game there's just no pleasure in being told what to do and when to do it all the time.
That's a shame, I was only interested in the single-player. Guess I'll hold off until the inevitable holiday price-drops and DLC-bundling.
Sloth 28th October 2011, 18:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by fingerbob69
10 million plus people all trying to authenticate/download and play ...all at midnight/the sametime.

And people wonder why EA's systems struggled.
Kind of. The few million NA players (and sneaky EU players with proxies) got a bit of a head start and even now with the full release in all zones not everyone has actually recieved their copy yet as evidenced by this thread.
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Originally Posted by Gunsmith
im interested to see how much of that 10 mill was on the pc
I'd also be interested in what kind of figures digital distribution sources sold to see a total sales record.
kol 28th October 2011, 19:36 Quote
amazon call it expediated delivery, i call it ****.

10million copies christ, is that retail only? m
ssj12 28th October 2011, 20:17 Quote
most of those sales are probably console.
fingerbob69 28th October 2011, 21:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by Spraduke
Went home for lunch today and managed to get it to unlock and started the install from CD. When i get home it will need disc 2 and no doubt a reasonable patch too.

I believe there is a 200mb patch straight off.
Farfalho 28th October 2011, 22:09 Quote
I admit that I had made a pre-order but since it isn't from Origin, I doubt I contributed to the statistics.

Waiting for mine to arrive
Vo0Ds 29th October 2011, 14:26 Quote
I don't know why people are hating on the single player? You're a soldier, your job is to follow orders lol.

Can't comment on Multiplayer, even though I've been playing the game since Tuesday evening, I haven't been able to connect to a game server due to errors connecting to Battlelog and the EA server :-\
GravitySmacked 29th October 2011, 16:39 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gunsmith
im interested to see how much of that 10 mill was on the pc

Me and you both.
rogerrabbits 29th October 2011, 23:36 Quote
I'm having so much fun with this. I think the single player campaign is pretty dull, but I reeeeally am enjoying the co-op and the multiplayer. I hope they add more co-op missions sometime because I've already completed 3 out of 6 on hard in the first few nights.
Anfield 30th October 2011, 00:38 Quote
Nope, not going to buy it, Origin can kiss my a**.
Star*Dagger 30th October 2011, 03:32 Quote
Downloading is what Real Gamers do to get their new game.

Carry on!
aLtikal 30th October 2011, 14:42 Quote
Im glad to see it wasnt only me that got my delivery a day late from amazon...I ordered it 24 days before it was released with 1st class....you would expect them to atleast get it on release date ffs
DriftCarl 1st November 2011, 13:55 Quote
That is exactly why I dont order the cheaper hard copy of the game from play, amazon ect.
Whenever I did that I got the game late. It may cost a few pounds more, but atleast with digital copy, you get the game on time, in my case i unlocked it last monday, 5 days before UK release, and didnt have to wait for the installtion.
yassarikhan786 1st November 2011, 14:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by DriftCarl
That is exactly why I dont order the cheaper hard copy of the game from play, amazon ect.
Whenever I did that I got the game late. It may cost a few pounds more, but atleast with digital copy, you get the game on time, in my case i unlocked it last monday, 5 days before UK release, and didnt have to wait for the installtion.

Yep, I agree. Digital Download = more convenient = less stress :).
Mighty Yoshimi 2nd November 2011, 07:57 Quote
I was going to get it, Until i found out it wasn't on steam! No thanks!
impar 2nd November 2011, 11:38 Quote
Greetings!
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Originally Posted by Mighty Yoshimi
I was going to get it, Until i found out it wasn't on steam! No thanks!
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Battlefield 3 On Steam? All Signs Point To ‘Maybe’…
...
The first piece of evidence is this competition, found on the Sapphire Select Club website. One of the prizes in this competition is “[o]ne (1) PC Game code for Battlefield 3, redeemable for the game on Steam”.
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But there’s also this. One user found that the PBSetup.exe file, which is used to install Punk Buster for Battlefield Installs, has been updated with the following install files…

C:\Program Files (x86)\Electronic Arts\Battlefield 3\
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\battlefield 3\
C:\Program Files\Steam\SteamApps\common\battlefield 3\

C:\Program Files\Electronic Arts\Battlefield 3\
...
mikeyandrewb 4th November 2011, 20:13 Quote
Just ordered mine, late I know. Ordered the Limited Edition from Amazon.
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