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Dragon Age: Origins ships over 3 million units

By Kath Brice

Tue 09 Feb 2010 11:07am GMT / 6:07am EST / 3:07am PST

Expansion to game coming in March; EA lists fiscal 2011 releases

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BioWare's Dragon Age: Origin has now shipped over 3 million units, according to EA data.

The game has also won over 30 industry awards, and holds an average review score of 91 on aggregate review site Metacritic. An expansion pack for the game, named Origins - Awakening, is due to launch on March 16.

"This is a tremendous start for the Dragon Age franchise and we are extremely pleased with the great reception the game has already received from critics and fans worldwide," said Dr Ray Muzyka, co-founder of BioWare and group general manager of the RPG/MMO Group of EA. "Our team is dedicated to crafting high quality, engaging new adventures and stories in the world of Ferelden for our fans!"

The Dragon Age figures come just days after it was confirmed BioWare title Mass Effect 2 had shipped over two million units in its first week on release.

As part of its Q3 2010 financial results, released yesterday, EA also revealed part of its release schedule for fiscal 2011.

Among them is a new Dragon Age title for console, handheld and PC, expected to be released in Q4 2011 - so between January and March 2011.

Other games listed for that quarter were Dead Space 2 on console and handheld, an unnamed shooter from Epic, a Need For Speed title and new Sims and Spore titles.

Q3 2011 games, which will account for this Christmas, include Crysis 2, FIFA Manager 11, The Sims 3 on consoles, two EA Sports Active titles and a new Harry Potter game.

All Points Bulletin (APB) is down for a Q2 release on PC, and other Q2 releases listed are a Medal of Honor title, FIFA Online, FIFA 11 and a MySims title.

Q1 lists Skate 3, Need for Speed World Online, 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11.

EA reported a 25 per cent fall in revenue in its latest Q3 financials, but also a reduction in profit losses from $641m to $82m.

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