Battlefield 3 first week sales are in

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The world may be on the brink of yet another financial crisis, but that hasn’t stopped legions of faithful gamers from spending their hard-earned cash on the latest titles. Developers and publishers have been raking in the cash, with the most successful games selling several million copies in their first week of release.

In the race for best-selling game of 2011, it seems that EA has come out on top again this year, beating themselves with a staggering amount of sales for their new wartime shooter, Battlefield 3.

While Gears of War 3 set a record this year with first week sales of over 3 million copies sold, it wasn’t long before EA surpassed that with over 3.2 million copies of football simulator FIFA 12 being sold in their first week.

Now, it looks like Battlefield 3 is going to blow that record out of the water, with sales edging close to 4 million copies of the game being sold, more than double the amount of titles sold in the previous Battlefield game, Bad Company 2.

Granted, the EA sales are pulled from games being on multiple platforms, but the sales figures are still impressive nonetheless. EA still have one more obstacle to pass however, and thats Modern Warfare 3, which just might blow the competition out of the water, with some analysts predicting that the Activision take on contemporary war could reach first week sales targets of over ten million units.

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Whatever the case, there’s still going to be a lot of boardroom executives swimming in piles of cash near the end of the year.

Last Updated: November 1, 2011

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