Battlefield 3 Preorders Already Over 1.5 Million – Modern Warfare 3 in trouble?

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We are in for quite a fight this year as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3 go head to head in their attempts to capture one of the most popular and lucrative markets in gaming.

Modern Warfare 3 is definitely arriving with force, but EA and DICE aren’t going to be waving their white flag anytime soon.

Reported on IGN, Arvind Bhatia of financial services firm Sterne Agee – who’s name you may have seen in gaming news before – has said that EA revealed their figure this week, confident in their titles success.

He also says that he thinks that Battlefield 3 has the ability to actually keep up with Modern Warfare 3 and while I think that the Battlefield franchise is hugely popular and the game itself is looking amazing, that’s still a tall order when going up against a titan like Call of Duty.

This is what he had to say:

“The combined marketing dollars for BF3 and Call of Duty: MW 3 could reach $100 million this year. The two week head start for BF3 versus CoD will facilitate a big launch for BF3,”

“Once CoD launches, there would be a natural slowdown in sales of BF3. Then, at holiday, momentum for BF3 should rebuild. BF3 is expected to have a long tail as more digital content is introduced over time.”

The report does bring up a very good point risen by Bhatia, in that Battlefield 3 pre-orders will be graced with a map pack for free, which if not pre-ordered, will have to be bought separately. It also doesn’t hurt that it includes one of the most popular Battlefield 2 maps of all time, which has undergone a major facelift for the new title.

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EA are obviously hoping to beat out the sales of Battlefield: Bad Company 2, which has made a whopping 9.5 million sales over its life and with Battlefield 3 looking so much more impressive and having a massive amount of resources going to marketing, I don’t doubt that it will.

Is Modern Warfare 3 in trouble though? Of course not, it’s going to sell kajillions.

Have you pre-ordered Battlefield 3? Are you going to or have you already promised yourself to another? It’s out for PC, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 on October 25.

Last Updated: September 22, 2011

Nick De Bruyne

Video games writer, editor and critic since '08. Living and breathing video games, movies and cars since the 80s. Follow me on Twitter if you love tons of gaming talk, and @pennyworthrevs for fun stuff and links.

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