The currently on-going beta testing of Battlefield 3 has proven to be massively successful for EA and DICE. In the second beta update on the series official blog, general manager Karl-Magnus Troedsson says that DICE is seeing “6 times the number of simultaneous players in the Battlefield 3 Open Beta compared to the Beta for Battlefield: Bad Company 2!”
The public beta kicked off less than a week ago.
To give some comparison, the Bad Company 2 sampler early last year was downloaded 2 million times in its first 5 days of availability.
The blog post also reiterates that the main purpose for the beta is to stress test the servers and backend, and that the game on show is based over a month old code, so bugs are to be expected; “the code you are now playing is actually quite early and not representative of the final game.”
“The final game will look, play and sound better than the Open Beta. You have helped making sure of that.”