Game publisher Electronic Arts announced on Monday that Battlefield 3, its latest first-person shooter, has sold five million copies worldwide in just a week.
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The 5 million copies sold include retail and digital sales, making Battlefield 3 the fastest selling game in the company’s history.
“We had a spectacular first week,” said EA Games Executive Vice President Patrick Soderlund. “The quality is actually trending up. We’ve seen an uplift in Metacritic on the console 87 on PS3 and 85 on 360. We are holding at 90 on the PC. So we are more pleased with the quality of the product and the perception of it. I think the word of mouth from gamers is really strong. People are saying, ‘You have to go in and play this multiplayer. It is like an addiction.'”
Investors are monitoring how the game, which was released on October 25, matches up against Blizzard and Activision’s Call of Duty franchise during the holiday period. The newest addition to the franchise, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, will be released on November 8th.
Battlefield 3 puts players in the role of United States Marines who fights the Resistance and The People’s Liberation in Paris, New York and Tehran. The game is powered by DICE’s Frostbite 2 engine, which allowed the developer to create huge, destructible environments, impressive animation and dynamic audio.
Electronic Arts noted last week that it had shipped 10 million copies of the game to retailers around the world to prepare for its release.