Star Wars: The Old Republic exceeds BF3 and MW3 pre-order sales

By Posted 27 Jul 2011, 11:37

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?

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.

  • fsd sdf

    Most probably they mean that about PC pre-orders

  • exsturminator

    Your logic confuses me.

    “…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.”

    Wouldn’t that mean that when SWTOR gets a release date and we draw closer to it, its preorders will “move up another gear” as well?

     Also, I’m not sure its fair to call it a 2-horse race.  Why would you assume MW3 and Battlefield will outsell Star Wars?  Isn’t it just as possible that the close release date between the two will divide their sales?  Also, October and November are the months in which Batman Arkham City, Uncharted 3, and Skyrim all release as well.  A LOT of gamers are going to buy those games over MW3 and BF3 that month.  If SWTOR waits until December and has less competition, it could easily outsell both shooters I think.

    For the record, I’ll be buying all of them at one point or another…and living in a cardboard box ;P  Just wanted to say though that you shouldn’t dismiss the MMO out of hand.  World of Warcraft has broken all kinds of records over the years, and EA is hoping to copy that success.  Being the only high profile MMO release that season, it stands a pretty decent chance of coming out ahead of two shooters in an over-saturated FPS market.

  • exsturminator

    Your logic confuses me.

    “…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.”

    Wouldn’t that mean that when SWTOR gets a release date and we draw closer to it, its preorders will “move up another gear” as well?

     Also, I’m not sure its fair to call it a 2-horse race.  Why would you assume MW3 and Battlefield will outsell Star Wars?  Isn’t it just as possible that the close release date between the two will divide their sales?  Also, October and November are the months in which Batman Arkham City, Uncharted 3, and Skyrim all release as well.  A LOT of gamers are going to buy those games over MW3 and BF3 that month.  If SWTOR waits until December and has less competition, it could easily outsell both shooters I think.

    For the record, I’ll be buying all of them at one point or another…and living in a cardboard box ;P  Just wanted to say though that you shouldn’t dismiss the MMO out of hand.  World of Warcraft has broken all kinds of records over the years, and EA is hoping to copy that success.  Being the only high profile MMO release that season, it stands a pretty decent chance of coming out ahead of two shooters in an over-saturated FPS market.

  • http://twitter.com/fizbanic Chris mcdermott

    Does the person writing this actually think about what they are writing before posting it?

    “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.”

    Pre-orders have blown these 2 out of the water for a reason, not because there is no release date, but because there is more of a fan base for SWTOR then them.  As well I wonder how many people refunded their pre-orders to get SWTOR pre-order?

    Also on that subject, a game usually has a 4-6 week time frame from release announcement to release (this is based on previous game history concerning this).  As they are going to be announcing it in Sept, that makes anywhere from the beginning of Oct to mid November as their release.

  • Guest

    “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.”

    Just a few interesting facts

    “Battlefield 2 has sales of over 2,250,000 copies worldwide, as of July 2006″ — wikipedia Battlefield2


    World of Warcraft was the best-selling PC game of 2005 and 2006.[77] As of January 22, 2008, World of Warcraft
    has more than 10 million subscribers worldwide, with more than 2
    million subscribers in Europe, more than 2.5 million in North America,
    and about 5.5 million in Asia.[78]
    ” — wikipedia World of Warcraft.

    Why is it that this writer seems to think that the shooter will outsell SWTOR?  MMO’s have a larger target audience and although WoW was the holy-grail of MMO’s in the 2005/2006 times I think anyone truly following MMO’s will know SWTOR is likely to take that title after its release.  Battlefield 2 lost to WoW just as Battlefield3 will lose to SWTOR

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Douglas-Coffin/100000787608673 Douglas Coffin

    It seems more like swtor has more preorder sales because people have been building up suspense for this game for years. When it comes to mw3 and bf3 people have had black ops and other fps games to tide them over and a few year suspense hasn’t filled them with excitement. When rumors of swtor preorders were possibly happening at midnight people camped the threads and order sites for an update until midnight. Someone even posted he was at ebgames camping out to preorder. The fan base is obviously larger and more excited. I care very little when i hear another call of duty game is coming. It’s something I figure I can wait untill after it comes out to get. I have the other 7 cod games to play. When it comes to an mmo. People tend to want to get the hell off World of Warcraft and find the new up and coming mmo.