Have you picked up your copy of Mass Effect 3 yet? If so, have you left your recliner yet? Still wringing every little drop I can out of GDC GOTY Skyrim, I've not had the chance to progress any further than the demo. But according to my friends, I'm sure missing out.
EA and BioWare are pleased to announce that the game has already shipped 3.5 million copies worldwide. BioWare GM seems pretty happy with that number:
"We have been truly humbled by the amazing response from fans and critics for Mass Effect 3," said Dr. Ray Muzyka, Co-Founder of BioWare and General Manager of EA's BioWare Label. "The game is a gripping, engaging experience where the decisions and choices you make will truly stay with you for the months and years ahead. We are all incredibly proud of Casey Hudson and the teams in Edmonton and Montreal for delivering the best game BioWare has ever made."
Note that the 3.5 million figure is shipped, not sold. But that's just in a few days (the game released in North America on Tuesday).
At the Wedbush Technology and Media Conference in NYC, EA's John Riccitiello elaborated on the sales figures from the launch. As far as North American sales, Mass Effect 3 sold 890,000 units in the first 24 hours alone. "We anticipated it doing well, so we're happy," said Riciitiello as quoted at VentureBeat.
Another thing about the Mass Effect 3 launch: Apparently, the DLC tie ratio for the game was the highest in their history. At the GameStop chain, 40% of ME3 buyers also purchased the download code for the already-available extra content as they purchased the game itself.
What do you think of the game so far? Is it living up to the hype? Let us know in the comments.