Battlefield 1943 recruits 600,000

EA claims Dice's multiplayer-only WWII shooter secured day-one, week-one sales records worldwide on Xbox Live, North America on PSN.

By many accounts, EA Dice delivered on its multiplayer-only installment in the burgeoning Battlefield franchise two weeks ago, attracting a strong critical reception for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 downloadable game. However, Battlefield 1943's launch was marred by significant instability, especially on Microsoft's console, as EA scrambled to add additional play servers after drastically underestimating gamers' enthusiasm for the online title.

43 million deaths proved to be no challenge for the Battlefield community.

Today, EA put that enthusiasm into perspective, announcing that Battlefield 1943 had sold more than 600,000 copies across the Xbox 360 and PS3 editions of the game since its July 8 launch. That sales tally, the publisher notes, secures the title for "fastest selling day one and week one download-only game" worldwide on Xbox Live and in North America for the PSN. Battlefield 1943 is available for $15 (MSP1,200).

Upon its initial offering, Battlefield 1943 featured three maps, where 24 combatants could engage on land, air, and sea. EA Dice offered a fourth map--the air-combat-heavy Coral Sea--on the condition that the player community achieve a total of 43 million kills. This feat was accomplished on Xbox Live five days after launch, with the PSN milestone secured on day eight.

A PC edition of Battlefield 1943 is expected in September. For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Battlefield 1943.

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116 comments
TheDragonManiac
TheDragonManiac

I dont know about you guys but one of those buyers is me. the game rocks and its about time the a good multiplayer game hit the market

machima500
machima500

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Scorchgame
Scorchgame

They should have put it a 43 billion kills

cruandrew
cruandrew

this game is perfect!! i enjoy the start of the new maps riding to the island on the boat is awesome!!

Glen0071
Glen0071

@brock I was just pointing out a map idea with a choice to play as an Australian soldier, no need to be a stooge about it spaz!

brok
brok

Wow Glen0071, you clearly know absolutely nothing about the kokoda trail.

cjasko94
cjasko94

Game sharing is awesome. To bad you people on the 360 can't do it.

jfree79
jfree79

Really awesome game i agree...however, it would've been great if there were more classes to choose from and like others are saying; some more map packs. More classes would = more weapon variety, but for what its worth 9.99 (without demo & themes on PSN) i love it and is definitely a must have. I'll play this until modern warfare2 comes out.

Glen0071
Glen0071

It is a awesome game, though a Expansion pack would be a big plus. A Kokoda trail map would be good with sas soldiers and instead of jeeps for that particular map, have motorcycles with a side car that has a mounted machine gun included.

XanderZane
XanderZane

Haven't downloaded it yet. Will be getting this and Marvel -vs Capcom 2 very soon. I'm shocked that EA didn't expect these sales. I'm sure they were only expecting 50K-100K initially. This game will easily hit a million is sales before the holidays. I'm not surprised about the lag, as they are using EA's server to host the game and not Microsoft's.

spOOoOOn
spOOoOOn

Great game, but are they raising the player cap anytime soon? 24 player cap really is a bit low, the game is lacking epic proportions

NakedSnakeSS2G
NakedSnakeSS2G

pc gamers get screwed again... cant wait til its out for PC!

trw534
trw534

i tried the trial for this game and it is awsome,

metalkid9
metalkid9

ya I really hope they add more maps. I would even buy it.

theKOOK413
theKOOK413

Like everyone is saying. Great game, but I would like some new maps or any sort of DLC.

Lupivdaman
Lupivdaman

I contributed to most of the kills in PSN :P

DeltaSpirit
DeltaSpirit

For $15 bucks I thought it was a pretty good game, though I wonder if they will make some more maps

futbolwarrior
futbolwarrior

43 million kills? wow. that alot of game play but its all worth it. great game

THGarrett
THGarrett

I'm happy you can't control carriers. It was bad enough in BF1942 when some douche would sail the carrier off the map. I can only image how bad it would be with the 360 and PS3 community.

VGA_assassin
VGA_assassin

Good for them. Hopefully they make money, and put some back into making new maps. I really wish you could drive the carriers like in 1942. I had so much fun smashing them into the other teams carrier...

duke-nukem11
duke-nukem11

old school BF with the frostbite engne. a winning combo

Merl57
Merl57

cool but gets old not a lot of depth 2142 and 2 were far superior and included much more features

penguins227
penguins227

They skipped PC out of the competition for the new map. That's so stupid.

Decrate
Decrate

lol 8 days compared to 5 days. pwned

draco934
draco934

more maps NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

sircyrus
sircyrus

Might pick this up for PC once it's out in September. Depends on how good Champions Online beta is. If I end up picking that up, it will last me until Dragon Age easily. Between the two that'll be a couple more months before I even look at 1943 again.

JoshChambers
JoshChambers

no guests, and no split screen. its a $15 game so you dont get a lot of features but it is a lot of fun.

zakkess
zakkess

i think thats pretty cool how they made an utlimate achievment to get people to keep playing the game by 43 mil kills and u unlock a new map..they should just do that for now on instead of paying like $10 for DLC

sonynhater
sonynhater

After i'm done writing this comment, i'm going to talk my mom into buying this for me. lol BTW can you play this with guests?

Spryt
Spryt

Awesome title, don't let the fact there is only three classes and the low price fool you. Right up there with the best of today's online games

oneofthefall
oneofthefall

Buy this game its worth every penny imo 10/10

bromley90
bromley90

i play this game more than cod 4 and world at war, 1200 ms points well spent, but i have to agree they do need another game type and maybe another 2 maps, atleast within the next two months :D

FightnEmu
FightnEmu

They need to fix voice chat asap and add a few more maps. Aside from that it's a killer game.

Warnerator
Warnerator

Oh yes, let's all brag about how 360 won the race when there are overall more players and they got to play it a day ahead of PS...It wasn't even a race, it was just an accomplishment.

junglist101
junglist101

Played the demo and it was fun. I'll probably get the full version soon.

filipino_boy
filipino_boy

I just realized I've bought every Battlefield since Battlefield 2, including Modern Combat for the PS2. Curse you Dice, for making such great games!

zaqcdebgt9513
zaqcdebgt9513

Instead of just adding new maps, they should make an expansion with lots of new features and sell it for 500-800 MS points. They'd make a killing

donmega1
donmega1

i bought this damn game the day it was available. then i started making money and got on with a few women and i haven't even played the damn thing yet. :(

SnakeEyesX80
SnakeEyesX80

@ kretyn Yeah, dumping money into upgrades every 6 months is fun.

kretyn
kretyn

waiting for pc version, thats where the best fps players are at. consoles are for kids.

LightR
LightR

They should make another challenge for a new map or class, other then that you should definitly buy this game.

Expo_Smacko
Expo_Smacko

I have yet to download it. But, I have heard it's pretty good.

residude
residude

its still faulted though, they really need to sort out the voice chat problems, it ruins playing it with friends, when they cut out 5 minutes in, or you can only hear them but they can't hear you etc. Apart from that its a brilliant game.

d3emondav3
d3emondav3

When Coral Sea was announced, everyone was going "Oh, it's going to take a year to get 43 million kills, I want it now!" Hahahaha, it took 5 days.

jonnyrue2u
jonnyrue2u

I do agree with more maps. But if map packs would be a must, then make them ~$5 for an additional 3 maps, or something of the like..

Ryuketsu2043
Ryuketsu2043

I would love to see some more maps. BF1942 was and still is my favorite online game. so many good memories

daabulls23
daabulls23

Great game! More maps would be awesome! Let's just hope they don't charge 10 bucks for each!

L30KinG
L30KinG

i played the demo and its good, i might get it