Battlefield 1943 Fastest Selling Download Title Ever

Battlefield 1943 Fastest Selling Download Title Ever

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WW2 Pacific shooter Battlefield 1943 took gamers by storm, becoming the fastest-selling download-only title of all time on both Xbox Live and PlayStation Network, EA announced today.

We already knew there were lots of people playing Battlefield 1943. First, it was the game's success that crippled it out of the gate with server issues and lag. After the server problems were fixed, though, we began to see exactly how many people were playing the game: A whopping five million kills were scored on the first day alone, and Xbox owners had amassed a whopping 43 million kills within less than a week, unlocking the Coral Sea map. That's as many deaths as conservative estimates attribute to the entirety of World War II.

So yeah, we knew that BF1943 was popular. How popular? The most popular, actually - EA DICE announced that the game had sold over 600,000 copies on Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network since its launch on July 8th, making it the fastest-selling download-only title of, well, all time.

While the game was undoubtedly bolstered by critical acclaim and the power of the Battlefield brand name, there was another selling point - at just $15 a pop, it's pretty damn affordable. With the economy what it is, getting a fun multiplayer experience for less than twenty USD is a pretty good deal, and the sales of the game reflect that.

The full press release is below:

Stockholm, Sweden - July 23, 2009 - DICE, an Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) studio, today announced that Battlefield 1943™ is the fastest selling day one and week one download-only game worldwide on Xbox LIVE™ Marketplace. It is also the fastest selling day one and week one download-only game on the PlayStation®Network in North America. Overall since its launch on July 8th, Battlefield 1943 has sold over 600,000 copies on Xbox LIVE Marketplace and the PlayStation Network.

"We are honoured by the reception that the game has received so far," says Gordon Van Dyke, Producer on Battlefield 1943. "Watching and participating in this non-stop multiplayer action has been a real treat for us and we can't believe how fast our fans reached 43 million kills. We can now truly say that we have set a new standard for what can be done in the downloadable games category and gamers recognize the endless value that Battlefield 1943 provides for just $15."

Battlefield 1943 is an award-winning First-Person Shooter multiplayer game that G4tv.com says is "...a steal. Great sound, great graphics, great fun, and great price." IGN even says that "Battlefield 1943 is an impressive package that sets a new standard for digital titles."

Battlefield 1943 is an all-new download-only multiplayer action game that brings DICE's first-class WWII action to gamers. The game introduces two thrilling modes where 24 players can compete across four classic WWII Battlefield maps: Wake Island, Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima and Coral Sea. These maps are inspired by the award winning Battlefield 1942™ game, and have been redesigned and reengineered from the ground up using the DICE Frostbite™ engine allowing players to wreak havoc and destruction via land, sea or air.

After the worldwide community challenge officially began on Friday, July 10 at 19:43 CET, the Coral Sea map is now unlocked for both the Xbox LIVE and PlayStation communities. The Xbox LIVE community reached the goal of 43 million kills in just 5 days, with the PlayStation community hitting the mark in 8 days.

Battlefield 1943 is now available on Xbox LIVE Marketplace and the PlayStation Network for 1200 MS Points or $15. Gamers who already played the trial and their time expired can access the free 30-minute trial version again on both Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network as of July 18.

For more information on Battlefield 1943 please visit www.battlefield1943.com. Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/OfficialBF1943.

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Figures, it's a fantastic game.

Does anyone know what the previous "Fastest Selling Download Title Ever" was? I'd just like to know.

Good game for the money, im guessing the price tag had a lot to do with these figures.

castle crashers ftw!
I tried the demo and didn't really like it. one mans opinion though.

it is a good game and the price is affordable to everyone.

Games like this at 15 dollars tend to sell well.

It is a brilliant game, I've only played it once at a friends house though, but I think by next year it will be trumped.

My only request is that they add more maps. Apart from that everything is perfect.

It isn't perfect... DICE need to remove the red dots above the enemies (which can even be seen through terrain) and make your team mates markers larger and more informative (i.e. neutral, firing, just killed). It would also help if you could scan the spawn area you had picked before committing to that location.

This is better then COD4 in my opinion. I also heard rumors from the developers that they were going to end the game in like 30 days or so anyone able to confirm this?

HardRockSamurai:
Figures, it's a fantastic game.

Does anyone know what the previous "Fastest Selling Download Title Ever" was? I'd just like to know.

Counterstrike source probably : P every time i look at steams top seller list its there.

It'll top Steam's as well once it comes out on PC.

o0pwnman0o:
This is better then COD4 in my opinion. I also heard rumors from the developers that they were going to end the game in like 30 days or so anyone able to confirm this?

Doubt it. EA do state that they CAN shut off the servers 30 days after release, but I am yet to hear of them actually doing so. They also give about a months warning before they close them down anyway.

D_987:

o0pwnman0o:
This is better then COD4 in my opinion. I also heard rumors from the developers that they were going to end the game in like 30 days or so anyone able to confirm this?

Doubt it. EA do state that they CAN shut off the servers 30 days after release, but I am yet to hear of them actually doing so. They also give about a months warning before they close them down anyway.

Thanks I was pretty upset reading the 30 day notice thing.

Why would EA close the servers?

Man, if only I didn't experience such massive lag in the game, I'd go get some Microsoft Points for it right this moment. Instead I'll wait a week or two.

Good going with the sales DICE, makes me proud to say I'm a swede! :D

toasterslayer:
castle crashers ftw!

CCFTW!

it may have been the previous betseller, i dont know

 

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