Nearly 1 million Commander Shepards
were activated in North America on Mass Effect 3's launch day. This
is according to EA CEO John Riccitiello, who yesterday announced (via VentureBeat) that BioWare sold over 890,000 copies of its space
faring sequel in the first 24-hours of its Western release.
Sharing Shepard's success with
attendees at the Wedbush Technology, Media and Telecommunications
Conference in New York, Riccitiello said EA felt “awfully good”
about Mass Effect 3's debut, adding,"We anticipated it doing
well, so we're happy."
He added 40% of players who picked up
their copy from GameStop also laid down extra cash for Mass Effect 3
DLC, noting, “The tie ratio at the register is the highest in their
Turns out fans weren't all that furious with the “From
Ashes” day-one DLC after all. And if they were, they had a funny
way of teaching EA a lesson.
Mass Effect 3 was first released in
North America on March 6 (earlier if you count the space drop promotion).
Read our review to see why we think it's a fight worth joining,
and increase your Galactic Readiness with our Mass Effect 3 walkthrough, weapons and armor guide, and planet scanning "how-to".
Remember, it's the fate of universe we're talking about here – you
can never be too prepared.