First person shooter Battlefield 3 has become the fastest selling game in Electronic Arts' history after the company revealed it has sold five million copies in its first week.
The PS3, Xbox 360 and PC title went on sale on October 25th and was greeted with largely positive reviews and currently tops the UK gaming chart.
EA send out a press release heralding the game's retail performance saying that the strong reviews and word of mouth had convinced hard-up gamers to part with their cash in record numbers.
"Based on internal estimates, Battlefield 3 has sold through five million units in the first week globally, making it the fastest-selling game in EA's history."
That record is quite an achievement, all things considered. It makes Battlefield 3 a bigger initial hit than FIFA, Madden, Tiger or any of its key franchise titles.
Server problems resolved
The company also says that the server disruption experienced by some online gamers was largely resolved over the weekend.
The official release added: "Consumers have logged-on in unprecedented numbers to team up and join the battle. Server stability was solid in the first weekend, delivering EA's highest-ever usage rates.
"While some players experienced intermittent disruption of online services due to high volume, internal estimates show that servers and service uptime stabilized to roughly 98.9% throughout the weekend, ensuring that players were connected and enjoying the game."
EA's sales figures will come as a massive boon to the company, with its chief rival, the all-conquering Modern Warfare 3 title set for release on November 8th.
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