The FPS scene will see a true heavyweight battle this November, as the two biggest shooter franchises will go head to head: Battlefield 3 vs Modern Warfare 3. Game industry analysts have predicted that Modern Warfare 3 will outsell Battlefield 3, but EA doesn’t share that opinion. According to EA’s senior vice president Jens Uwe, Battlefield 3 will outsell Modern Warfare 3. When asked if Battlefield 3 will outsell Modern Warfare 3, he said:
“Certainly. The only question is when that day will be. And for me, the sooner the better. With Battlefield 3 we have a superior games engine and a top notch product. We are convinced that we will, in fact, have a better product than our key competitor in the space. We think this is the perfect year to gain back market share.”
Of course, this is nothing unusual, as EA, like any publisher, needs to sustain consumer and investor confidence. The last Battlefield game, Bad Company 2, sold 7 million units, while the last Call of Duty game, Black Ops, sold twice that: 14 million. Most expect Battlefield 3 to top 10 million units sold, and Modern Warfare to sell north of 15 million.
However, Call of Duty has never had any real competition, something Battlefield 3 will most certainly provide this November. It’s a safe bet that both games will do really well, but who comes out on top is still up in the air.