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'Star Wars Battlefront' expected to ship 13 million copies

Early response to Star Wars Battlefront has been so positive that Entertainment Arts now expects to ship 13 million copies of the game by March, up from initial projects of  9 million to 10 million.

According to The Wall Street Journal, analysts were expecting the game publisher to raises its forecast to somewhere between 10 million and 12 million.

EA said in a conference call Thursday that it was guided, at least in part, by the 9.5 million people who signed up for beta testing across Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC platforms. That's the largest turnout in the company's history.

Debuting Nov. 17, Battlefront allows players to immerse themselves in epic Star Wars battles, firing blasters, riding speeder bikes and even piloting TIE Fighters and the Millennium Falcon in locations ranging from Hoth to Endor to Tatooine.

For some recent comparison, Mortal Kombat X and Batman: Arkham Knight reportedly have sold more than 5 million copies each since their respective debuts in April and June. LEGO Jurassic World, which also bowed in June, has sold about 4 million copies.

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