Mass Effect 3 ships over 3.5 million units to retailers worldwide

As was pretty much expected, Mass Effect 3 is doing extremely well in its first few day of availability, and EA and BioWare this morning announced that the game has shipped over 3.5 million units to retailers worldwide.

The announcement does not touch on the success of the digital versions, but we expect that when actual sales figures come int, EA will also include those.

Read on for the press release.

USA Today proclaims it is ?the first true blockbuster game of the year.? Game Informer says BioWare delivers ?one of the most intricately crafted stories in the history of the medium.? Already having earned over 30 perfect scores and an average review score of 95*, enthusiasm for Mass Effect 3, the latest title from BioWare, a Label of Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA), is at an all-time high. Over 3.5 million units of the award-winning game have already shipped worldwide in its first week of release, making Mass Effect 3 the first pop culture event and the biggest entertainment launch of 2012.

?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.?

Mass Effect 3 was released earlier this week to incredible hype amidst high expectations. Critics around the world have heaped praise on the game, awarding it with over 30 perfect scores from a wide variety of outlets including MSNBC, USA Today, Game Informer, G4TV, the New York Daily News, Eurogamer (UK), The Guardian, PlayStation: The Official Magazine (UK), Official Xbox Magazine (UK) and more. The game has been lauded for delivering both the satisfying experience longtime fans have been yearning for while also being the best entry point to the series for players new to the franchise. GameSpot, who awarded Mass Effect 3 with one of the many Editors? Choice awards the game has received, declared ?whether you possess a storied history with the series or come in with a clean slate, Mass Effect 3 expertly entangles you in its universe and inspires you to care about its future.?

Mass Effect 3 thrusts players into an all-out galactic war to save mankind from an ancient alien race known only as the Reapers. Players will assume the role of Commander Shepard, a war-torn veteran who?s willing to do whatever it takes to eliminate this nearly unstoppable foe. With a team of elite soldiers at their side, each player decides how they will take Earth back, from the weapons and abilities they utilize to the relationships they forge or break. Mass Effect 3 also features the Galaxy at War** system, where players will have the option to fight the galactic war on multiple fronts. The system includes the franchise debut of co-operative multiplayer, as well as the latest iOS exclusive app, the cover-based, third-person shooter, Mass Effect Infiltrator. Progress made in each of these components will directly link back to the player?s main campaign, helping Commander Shepard rally the forces of the galaxy to eliminate the Reaper threat once and for all.

The Mass Effect series is one of the most highly decorated series in the history of games, having earned over 200 international awards to date. Mass Effect 3 is available now on the Xbox 360 videogame and entertainment system, PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system and PC. The Mass Effect Infiltrator App is available for $6.99 from the App Store on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch or at For more information on Mass Effect 3, please visit, follow the game on Twitter at or ?like? the game on Facebook at