Battlefield 3 pre-orders on par with Black Ops; 11m sales expected

Battlefield 3 is to sell 11 million copies in its first 12 months, analyst firm Cowen & Company expects. The year-one estimate is up from the previously expected 8 million.

Furthermore, reports (registration required), the group notes that pre-orders of the DICE shooter are on par with last year’s Call of Duty: Black Ops. “Roughly comparable” is the phrase used.

Not quite the Modern Warfare 3 competitor yet then, sales wise; the new COD has been said to be tracking “significantly” ahead Black Ops’ pre-orders.

Battlefield 3 is out this October. Catch the latest multiplayer footage from the title here (unofficial) and here (official).