There seems to be some confusion over pre-order sales for three games, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Battlefield 3 and Modern Warfare 3. It seems that the former exceeds both BF3 and MW3, which is in contradiction to what we have reported in the past. However, we might have an explanation. The recent figures that we gave you saying that the latest Call of Duty game broke all pre-order sales was for the UK, where this latest news is for the US.
GamersBook reports that it was EA’s President who said that their MMORPG was outselling these rival games, and there is no reason why he would lie, as fans of the other two franchises would slate him if this were incorrect. This is not only a surprise to EA but us as well, who would have thought that SWTOR would be more popular than the big two FPS games?
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However, we might have a theory on this. Star Wars: The Old Republic still has no release date, whereas Battlefiled 3 and Modern Warfare 3 do. So it makes sense that the game with no release date will be pre-ordered more, as to avoid not getting the game on its first day of release. As we draw closer to the other two releases then their pre-orders will move up another gear.
Talking of the release date for SWTOR, EA is set to announce something in September, which is a little annoying due to the fact that I will be on vacation. The game will be with us before the year is out, but it would be suicide to launch it during October or November, which is when BF3 and MW3 will come to the market respectively.
There are three versions of the latest Star Wars game, Standard, Digital Deluxe, and Collector’s Edition; the price for these are as follows $59, $79 and $149. There are currently a few promotions for the Battlefield 3 pre-order. The Limited Edition of the game will come with a free DLC pack called “Back to Karkand.” The UK will get a different version called “Physical Warfare Pack.”
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will get a special “Hardened Edition,” it is these kind of specials and promotions that help with pre-order sales. The reason why is because we are often told that they will run for a limited time only, which is the case with EA and SWTOR.
When all three games are on the market it will become a two-horse race, as EA’s MMORPG has no chance against the big two – but stranger things have happened.