Battlefield 3 Premium sells 1.3m subscriptions, Origin up to 21m users

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By on August 1, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Origin may have a lot of work to do to convince consumers, but EA’s Q1 financial reports are showing a continued growth in the service’s takeup. Over 21 million people now use the service, and sales of digital games through Origin contributed a substantial 60% of EA’s revenue for the quarter.

EA also revealed that the Battlefield 3 Premium service has sold over 1.3 million subscriptions. Together, both Battlefield 3 and FIFA 2012 sold over two million units.

Source: VG247

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Lost hope in humanity

 

I remember buying Special Forces for BF2, it came with 8 extra maps and 7 guns. It was $40.

BF3 Premium is $50 for 20 maps + 25 guns.

I don’t see why people have an issue with BF3 Premium.

 

$50 is a decent enough price if you ask me. My only gripe I guess is it fragments the community. But I think the days of long lasting online game communities are over. At least for AAA titles anyway.

 

There’s an interesting looking game available on Steam – I can’t remember the name of it, but it looked like a puzzle game about an alien escaping a research base. Now, one of the interesting things about it was that you could play it on Steam, but set in the terms was a part saying that you were technically buying the licence from Origin… Or something like that. I really can’t remember. But I didn’t buy it even though I liked the look of it, because I don’t approve of the way EA is operating, and I wondered whether something like that would artificially inflate the number of supposed users Origin has.

I could be completely off base with this one, but I’ll see if I can find it again and get the correct wording.

 
Toasty Fresh

snootle:
Lost hope in humanity

And why is that exactly?

Because I’m buying stuff for a game that you don’t like?

 

ehh premium is good value imo adds a ton of maps and weapons for $50 (fuck all really)

 

toastyfresh: And why is that exactly?

Because I’m buying stuff for a game that you don’t like?

toastyfresh: And why is that exactly?

Because I’m buying stuff for a game that you don’t like?

lol pretty much ay. if people wanna buy it because they like the game, power to them. I’ll prob end up getting it. Just started getting back into bf3. Forgot how bloody good it is!

 

slazza:
I remember buying Special Forces for BF2, it came with 8 extra maps and 7 guns.It was $40.

BF3 Premium is $50 for 20 maps + 25 guns.

I don’t see why people have an issue with BF3 Premium.

My issue is how much it is in advance before even seeing what the DLC is like. Also not sure I will end up playing BF3 much again anyway.

 

I like how things have changed. When Battlefield 1942 came out, hardly anyone played the expansions. The original game was so complete the expansions were more like obscure spin-offs.

 

21 million people using it is sadly, not the same as 21 million people forced into using it. Which perhaps could be the case here :S

 

9.3 million registered users from launch June 2011 to Feb 2012.
11 million two months ago after launching Mass Effect 3, Battlefield 3 and Star Wars: The Old Republic.
Not sure what they launched in the last two months that would boost users by another 10 million registered users to 21 million? Maybe they are doubling up with the 9 million mobile users, which are now included in the financial figures?

http://www.joystiq.com/2012/02/01/eas-origin-has-signed-up-9-3-million-players-since-launch/

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-05-08-ea-origin-now-number-2-direct-to-consumer-game-service

 

They’re actually keeping the community together by bundling all the expansion packs at a reduced price.

Now all the DLC has a potential playerbase of over 1.2 million, plus Back to Karkand is accessible to everyone who pre-ordered or bought the Limited Edition.

Those that aren’t particularly interested in Close Quarters for example are more likely to play it than if it was only available individually.

 
SilentWolf.AUS

slazza,

^This, I personally think it is quite a good value proposition + it isn’t a monthly payment e.g. CoD Elite.

 

slazza:
I remember buying Special Forces for BF2, it came with 8 extra maps and 7 guns.It was $40.

BF3 Premium is $50 for 20 maps + 25 guns.

I don’t see why people have an issue with BF3 Premium.

^^^^ This. Slazza has hit the nail on the head. It’s $50 for almost an extra game’s worth of content.

The other great thing is it’s forcing people to branch out in different play-styles than they’d normally take part in. I don’t normally use vehicles at all, but I’m starting to have a blast with them.

If you don’t like BF3 that much then you were never going to use the DLC anyway. For those of us who love putting the time into this game the price of premium is a small one to pay for such fantastic comment. Who else is salivating at the thought of the AC-130 in a few weeks?

 
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