'Star Wars Battlefront' has already shipped 13 million copies

Electronic Arts announced Thursday that it has already shipped more than 13 million copies of Star Wars Battlefront since the game's launch in mid-November, exceeding expectations.

The publisher initially projected 9 million to 10 million copies, but later raised its forecast to 13 million copies by March. Note that those are games shipped to retailers, not necessarily purchased by consumers, but it's an impressive feat nonetheless.

VentureBeat notes that of those 13 million copies, about 1 million were bundled with a PlayStation 4 console.

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. Developer DICE announced just this week that it plans to add expansion packs featuring the Outer Rim, Bespin and the Death Star.

As we reported last month, Star Wars video games generated more that $1 billion in sales in 2015, led by Battlefront.

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