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Modern Warfare 3 Benefiting From Battlefield 3 Origin Deal

by Bill Hess on October 17, 2011


Modern Warfare 3 Benefiting From Battlefield 3 Origin Deal

One business decision that might come back to bite Battlefield 3 this year is the decision to forgo using Valve’s Steam distribution channel for their upcoming release. While Battlefield 3 is still a week away from release, the competition (Modern Warfare 3) is steadily topping the list of best selling games.

Since September, Modern Warfare 3 has been in the top ten best selling games on Steam according to Valve. Over the past few years, the Call of Duty franchise has proved to be an experience that is developed for consoles and ported to PC, but Infinity Ward has suggested that they are focused on recapturing their PC audience.  A bungled Call of Duty: Black Ops release on PC left many Steam users unable to play the game without tinkering with console commands, and the still it took Treyarch many months to get the game working properly.  These problems don’t seem to be slowing down pre-orders of the game however.  While all of this popularity can’t be soley attributed to the lack of availabilty of Battlefield 3, it’s certainly leaving Steam loyalists with limited options.

Recent rumors suggest that Battlefield 3 could be heading to Steam sometime following the game’s release on Origin on October 25th, but those rumors have proven to be unfounded at this point.  Being one of the largest digital outlets for games, EA definitely is taking a big risk without Steam, but it does give EA one more avenue to sell their game if Battlefield 3 sales turn out to be less than expected.

Battlefield 3 releases on October 25th 2011 on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC while Modern Warfare 3 heads out on November 8th.

 

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  • John

    It was kinda foolish of them to not offer it on steam, EA just wants their own digital distribution service to shine, and right now, it doesn’t.

    • Allen

      Agreed, Steam is freaking awesome, it is a very smooth running system. I tried to download the beta on PC off Origin and I just felt like it was clunky crap. Hard to navigate and just disapointing.

      Battlefield will be epic, but I chose PS3 after my dislike of Origin. I was leaning console anyways since my PC isn’t exactly top of the line and I personally enjoy battlefield with less players (console versions).

    • Drake

      why the hell would u be downloading the beta now?

    • Allen

      a couple of weeks ago dude

  • Zero Zero

    I think the biggest problem on this new platform are CHEATER´S …cuz EA has no or only few xp in that …
    in my opinion the developers and publishers are not radical enough , if only 1 time a Cheat detected = instant Bann from the Community and the Account should be disabled !

    • IHATEHIPSTERS

      hard to do on ps3 as you can make multiple accounts for free. but that would count on xbox live as they pay for the service. just another reason why xbox is going to have better online for this game.

  • That Guy

    not really sure how much it can help as the pc sales for cod are dismal anyways.as a pc player treyarch and IW can spout as much crap as they want but the pc will never be their lead platform so they automatically move down on my priority list of games to get.

  • Xjokerx

    @ihatehipsters why do xbox fanboys like you always be saying that it laggs on the ps3.i have never lagg on any game on ps3 or xbox 360 so u take BS somewhere else.

  • Bob Saget

    Is it cOLD in here or is it just me?

  • timeis$

    COD is benefiting from BF3 sucking more than any thing

  • nick

    No BF3 on steam = dumb move from EA. REALLY dumb move

  • HungGreeHypo

    I’m Batman!

  • Crownjester

    If you have a PS3, then don’t waste your money on multiplatform games period. All multiplatform game developers use xbox 360 as their lead console so really you’re buying an xbox game thats been dumbed down to xbox dvd9 level and ported. They won’t develop a game for each system because its too expensive and the xbox people will complain because their game won’t be as good so they have to make it “even”. I know they both have 3.2 GHZ power, but PS3 has a 51 billion dot production operations per second while the xbox has only 33.6 billion dot production operations per second. So yea same amount of power my ass, they produce the same amount, but the PS3 does it faster and more efficiently. As Ive always said, as long as one company makes a cheaper and lesser system then multiplatform games will always be limited. Want proof? Then look at PS3 or xbox bf3 game play compared to Starhawk both graphically and game depth. Can you fly in a spacecraft that can transform into a giant mech and use the same weapons as it does when its flying…………..NO. Can you build many different structures that can house EVERY type of weapon available in the game and then destroy them…………….NO. Can you kill enemies by dropping buildings on them that build themselves…………….NO. BF3 is another SHOOTER thats PC first as the devs have stated, 360 second, and PS3 third. Oh yea and why is Starhawk only on PS3? Because xbox CAN’T handle it. Starhawk devs have said they’re making the PS3 sweat a lot with this game on Starhawk radio. Rage and BF3 aren’t shit compared to this game. My fellow PS3 brothers use your system for it’s design purpose of zenith games that NO other system can handle. Warhawk is even way better than BF3 in terms of how much you can do in the mutiplayer, it just takes time with warhawk because it has the steepest learning curve of any online game for consoles.

    • nick

      ohhh my god.

      Starhawk definitely DOES NOT have the highest learning curve of any game on consoles. NOT AT ALL. Go play Mirror’s Edge, MAG, etc. then come back.
      Graphically its really not that impressive either. And the features you can do in Starhawk have nothing to do with the PS3’s processor. In battlefield 1942 I could drive and sink fucking full size aircraft carriers. And guess what? 1942 is hardly processor intensive.
      BF3 is going to be a great game and the fact that its the same on xbox and ps3 means jack shit. Who gives a fuck? Its going to be a good game, and letting blind console elitism get in the way of that is your loss.

      “””BF3 is another SHOOTER thats PC first as the devs have stated, 360 second, and PS3 third.”””
      Citation needed.
      “””Oh yea and why is Starhawk only on PS3? Because xbox CAN’T handle it.”””
      No because Sony signed an exclusivity deal. Based on what theyve shown so far the xbox very likely could handle starhawk.

      Fanboy.

    • That Guy

      whats a starhawk?

  • Crownjester

    Another shooter fan. drive and sink an aircraft carrier thats not impressive at all. MAG was a joke of a game. If those games are so great then how come no one plays them anymore, while warhawk which is almost five years old has tons of people playing it? Notice you can’t do anything that I mentioned about starhawk in any other game. I also notice you didn’t comment on that because you know its true. “Based on what they’ve shown” yea what they’ve shown. Its what they haven’t shown is what is interesting. All they’ve shown is the build and battle. Thats not even the tip of the iceberg buddy. And what do you mean as “etc”? Have you even played Warhawk? No probably not enough to get good. You probably got your ass kicked and your feelings hurt so you quit and went back to playing your easy to play first person shooters. That genre is finished. Citation need? What are you some bratty ass college student who hasn’t been exposed to the real world yet? Pull that shit on anyone outside of college and there goes your credibility and confirms your naive douchebag personality. I have graduated from college and employed so there goes your stupid hick argument. Its not fanboyism when its fact pal. I notice you didn’t comment on the processing power either buddy. Like I said the devs are making the PS3 sweat a lot. What proof do you have that it could? Notice player count on xbox never exceeds 24 players? It can’t handle it. Even the developers for gears of war say they hate the 360 but are locked in contract with microsoft. Please include facts like I did for my argument (processing power and developer comments) in order to be taken more seriously, rookie.

    • That Guy

      tl;dr

      fanboy wars are pointless. especially over the internet. you wont get them to admit that your way of thinking is better. and you surely wont get them to convert to what you like best. so why argue?

    • Drake

      why don’t you get lost…. i was gonna say troll but i think your retarded. Anyway fun is relative who the hell are you to tell consumers what to and what not to buy, does starhawk allow you to fling angry birds at pigs? NO and that does not determine the quality of the game. Personally I dislike the xbox too because of the fewer features, I have a ps3 and pc, and I don’t think you are a even a gamer, because a gamer would never preach to his fellow brothers of any banner to abandon their tastes in gaming, for that you have been marked by the Imperium as a heretic and shall be purged accordingly.

    • nick

      “””Another shooter fan. drive and sink an aircraft carrier thats not impressive at all. MAG was a joke of a game. If those games are so great then how come no one plays them anymore”””

      Driving and sinking an aircraft carrier with flyable planes on it in 64 player multiplayer isnt impressive? O Rly? MAG wasnt a joke, it just had a HUGE learning curve. You need a mic, a clan, and months of practice to get the full experience of MAG. Something you clearly didnt have. And plenty of people still play BF1942. MAG is dead because Zipper fucked the game up with “patches”. 1942 and BF2 both have healthy communities. Go refresh the servers if you dont believe me.

      “””Notice you can’t do anything that I mentioned about starhawk in any other game. I also notice you didn’t comment on that because you know its true..”””

      The same applies in reverse to you. Do I see any aircraft carriers in Warhawk? Or titans, or 64 player multiplayer? Oh yea, I DONT. C wat I did thar?

      “”” “Based on what they’ve shown” yea what they’ve shown. Its what they haven’t shown is what is interesting. All they’ve shown is the build and battle. Thats not even the tip of the iceberg buddy.”””

      lol how do you know these features EXIST then? Are you a developer working on Starhawk?

      “””You probably got your ass kicked and your feelings hurt so you quit and went back to playing your easy to play first person shooters. That genre is finished.”””

      Add me on PSN – airfreak13 and Ill demonstrate that I have a fair degree of competence on Warhawk. I dont own the game anymore but Ill download the demo. And put to rest all of this bullshit “you only dont like it because you suck at it” nonsense. And FPS games are finished? Tell that to the tens of millions of people who plan on buying BF3. MW3, etc. this year.

      “”” Citation need? “”””

      I meant show some proof. You say that DICE has told everyone PC is first, followed by xbox and ps3. I say, bend over, firmly grasp the ankles and prepare to suck on this: http://www.xboxdailynews.com/2011/09/06/dice-clarifies-that-battlefield-3-on-xbox-360-and-ps3-are-of-the-same-visual-level/ That is an OFFICIAL DICE statement. You have proof of the contrary? Then fucking show it to me.

      “”” I notice you didn’t comment on the processing power either buddy. Like I said the devs are making the PS3 sweat a lot. What proof do you have that it could? Notice player count on xbox never exceeds 24 players? It can’t handle it. “””

      What is there to comment on? PS3 has better processing power, 360 has a better GPU. When did I say the ps3 didnt have a good processor? Oh yeah, I DIDNT. Try reading my post next time. And guess what? Homefront and Frontlines: FOW both have….wait for it…. 32 players in multiplayer. I still have facts, and you still have assumptions. Its called google.

      “”” Please include facts like I did for my argument (processing power and developer comments) in order to be taken more seriously, rookie.””””

      Show me one link or statistic in your entire post that is true. …..*crickets*……… I rest my case.

    • nick

      I bring dat verbal rain.

  • Eddie

    Wow what a F*ckn Nerd.

  • Heavenswarrior121

    November 8th another great call of duty game will be released to the world and millions and millions of fans will be pleased

    • That Guy

      i believe you forgot to add “for a few weeks” to the end of that.

  • Allen

    So they can all run around, spawn kill die/spawn kill die like a bunch of mindless zombies. Too much of a FPS noob to understand it takes no skill to run and gun. But they will think it’s awesome.

    October the 25th: The king of 2011 FPS will be released and millions and millions of fans will be pleased. Skill required, tactics required, stratagy required.

  • John

    The best part about BF3 is that all the die hard CoD fans will buy it, try it, and get so frustrated that they will never play it. They’ll stick to same same game they have been playing for the last 3 years. think about it people… MW2 plus DLC, BlOps plus DLC and then MW2.5 brings to a total of…
    what… 120 for the games and 120 for DLC? ($15×4 for each game so far….)
    240 dollars for the last 3 years… for 3 games that are about the same… with another round of 4 DLC’s for MW2.5.

    It’s insane. And they aren’t doing anything new. I dont even know what the GAME ENGINE is called??

    Anyways, I’m a PC gamer and a BF3 fan.

    • Jason

      The engine they use since COD 2 to now, is the ID Tech 3 from 1999! I know its old lol. ID tech 4 was used for DOOM 3, and ID tech 5 was used for RAGE and DOOM 4 (to be announced) they just enhance it little by little evry game!

    • Frank

      lmao Isn’t that what BF fanboys do? Buy CoD, try it, get destroyed while they try camping thus causing the infamous rage quit? Pretty sure that thats how it works. Put it this way. Most of my friends play CoD. Only one is a BF fanboy, he played CoD, got destroyed, and now forever hates it.

    • JAV1L15

      I am a BF fan, and I played COD 4-7…. They are all A great GAME…… I enjoyed it…. But I just can’t see e point in spending $100 for a few new guns, maps and killstreaks.

  • Allen

    I was playing some Doom 3 this weekend. Scary $hit there. Lights are always flickering, you can’t hold a gun and a flash light at the same time. Next thing you know you got a zombie or some crazy creature, no gun just hitting it with your flash light. LOL.

    Seriously. I can’t drink caffeine and play that game. My heart starts pounding to hard.

    • Jason

      Dude I love DOOM 3! It scared the shit out of me, Top 3 scary games IMO in order are 1. Condenmed 2. Silent Hill 2, 3. DOOM 3!

  • Crownjester

    @ Drake- First off I am a gamer who has been playing since the NES. Nice ASSumption dip shit. I also realize that you and all the people who commented on me have completely ignored the facts I have presented. Thus everything you say is opinionated, and opinions are like assholes, so everyone has one. Telling me to go away is a juvenile and uneducated response to my argument. It tells me you are a simple minded moron who cares nothing about being challenged and making yourself better. Another useless person that does nothing but suck air and money from welfare programs to fuel their own lazy patters of existence.

    “…..it does not determine the quality of the game”. If ever there was a bullshit statement, that is it. Look at how Warhawk compares to most games in terms of a steep learning curve. its hard at first but when you get good, it beats out every multiplayer game. I guess thats why its almost five years old and still has a large community and an ever increasing player count. The rookie servers, which it has to have because a general in Warhawk is probably one of the best players online compared to any game (shooters). You have to find the depth of the game, it doesn’t tell you how to play. Anyway…………….The more a game can give in combination of depth and fun, skill in thought and not reflex. Try piloting a warhawk and see how long you last, rookie. Wait you’re not even a rookie because you don’t have the balls to play warhawk.

    Starhawk will give players who want a challenge and feel pride in the game they bought a chance to both create and destroy in an infinite amount of ways on a massive scale compared to ANY game on console. BF3 will be a great game I’m sure, at least until Starhawk is released. Creation and destruction instead of just destruction, its the missing half to games today. Starhawk is pure imagination that isn’t hindered by “military shooters that are easy to pick up”

    “…allows you to fling angry birds at pigs” no it doesn’t, it allows me to fling missles, lasers, buildings, and other awesome assortments of weapons that haven’t been revealed yet at mutants that used to be humans who were transformed by Rift energy. Yea angry birds was fun for a while and then its just that “flinging angry birds and nothing more.

    Lastly, I never TOLD anyone to not buy a game, I said “don’t waste you’re money on multiplatfrom games”. I said this because multiplatform games “should not be equal on each system”. It drives down competition and screws the consumers over. Its only equal because a certain group of people would complain and drive down sales of the game. Its an appeasement issue. If one can get away with making a lesser system thats cheaper to dev for, then gaming is heading down an “everyone’s a winner path” which is one of the most misleading statements ever.

    • Drake

      wow what a committed troll and weirdly a warhawk/starhawk troll that’s gotta be a first. Telling people “not to waste money on multiplat games IS the same as telling them NOT to buy said games artart. Telling you to go away is a good thing because it saves the visitors of the site from having thier brains stupefied by your comments. To that end your comments are hereby ignored. I will leave you with this “what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul. ”

      -p.s use the reply button next time

    • JAV1L15

      So war hawk is the neatest flight sim? Try IL-2 Sturmovik…. Came out 2000… And it’s the biggest game on hyper lobby (flight sim server client) still to date…. By at least 5x. Look for yourself.

      Oh, and the LEARNING CURVE… That seems to be your gold, try EVERY SINGLE AIRCRAFT INCLUDING PROTOTYPES FROM WW2… that also includes the “1946” expansion… Which adds EVEN MORE post war aircraft…. And EACH AIRCRAFT IS DIFFERENT…. Not just different skins.

      Don’t believe me about that either? Try flying the ME-109 like the Henkiel Lerche…. Can’t wait to see you land ;)

  • Crownjester
    • nick

      Where does the article mention BF3. And where did I say the consoles werent different.

  • Ren

    LOL actually COD fanhoes play BF, realize you require skill, and go back to their precious 5 yr old game where they can hide and get a chopper gunner camping bragging about their K/D ratio like it even matters.

  • Crownjester

    No you said show me one link that supports one stat that I posted so thats it. There’s you’re one. It’ll cost money for more.

  • abc

    i enjoy bf games because my friends are playing it too. we could easily squad up and play. in fact around 60 people on my friends list play bad company 2. i never get bored with it. in battlefield team work is the key to success. in cod one man can win it for the team. just not that really satisfying. i used to have fun with it because i used to be a lonewolf but winning is not really that fun when you dont have teammates to share it with. but if you like kdr cod will not disappoint. if you take pride in wlr battlefield will satisfy you.

  • SKILLZ

    appariently ghost is in mw3 but he died didn,t he.

    • nick

      I have a feeling he’ll return. People got so attached. Personally, I hope he’s actually dead. Because no one is going to survive getting burned and taking a shot like that.

      Maybe MacMillian is coming back o.O

  • scott

    man that queer up there who said cod is actually going to be good needs to look at the videos for it. that game look like a remake of mw2 and mw1 put in one. has he not realized that cod will never “be” good.

  • Thomas

    I for one will not buy BF3 unless it is for sale on steam. I’ve already chosen my digital distribution method of choice. If EA does not respect my decision, I simply won’t purchase their games.

  • Shanks

    I’ve always been a huge fan and supporter of the Battlefield series. It’s a shame I won’t be buying this one because of being forced to use Origin. Hopefully others that don’t want Origin will do the same.

  • JAV1L15

    If you really enjoy Battlefield on PC, just get origin.

    I did for the beta, and while yes it’s annoying to have to download another game library client, origin itself is fine, and it uses your already existing EA account which you need for BF anyway… Stop complaining about origin… Yes its irritating, but it’s quite simple to use and if you really wanted to play BF3 just put up with this minor “crack.”

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