According to analysts from Cowen & Company, Battlefield 3 pre-orders are “roughly comparable” to those of Call of Duty: Black Ops, which was previously one of the most ore-ordered games in history. However, it is unknown how well Battlefield 3 stacks up against its main competitor, Modern Warfare 3. According to several industry sources, Modern Warfare 3 pre-orders have already eclipsed those of Back Ops, with three months left until release.
Cowen & Company also reports (via GamesIndsutry.biz) that they expect Battlefield 3 to sell 8 to 11 million units during its first year. Previous estimates from the same analyst have put Battlefield 3 sales at 10 million during its lifetime, with Modern Warfare 3 sales topping 20 million.
Which leads us to an interesting question to our readers: How many of you have pre-ordered Battlefield 3? And how many are waiting to see if it appears on Steam?