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Battlefield 3 tops 1.5 million pre-orders

Bonus map pack "a big incentive for customers to pre-order", analyst reckons

Pre-orders for Battlefield 3 have surpassed 1.5 million units, according to Sterne Agee analyst Arvind Bhatia.

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That's 250,000 more than the 1.25 million EA CFO Eric Brown reported earlier this month, which he said was already "well ahead of its predecessor title, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, in regards to pre-orders in the same number of weeks till launch".

Bhatia suggested Battlefield 3 will eventually sell more copies than Bad Company 2's 9.5 million, Gamasutra reports.

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"Note that BF3 will include a map pack if the game is pre-ordered," he added. "This $15 to $20 value should be a big incentive for customers to pre-order BF3."

EA said yesterday that the Battlefield 3 beta will be open to all Xbox 360, PS3 and PC gamers from September 29.

[ SOURCE: Battlefield 3 ]

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