Sales of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 are likely to hit 16 million units in the fourth quarter of the year, according to Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter, who believes Battlefield 3 will sell eight million copies globally during the same timeframe.
Pachter told Forbes that the two rival shooters should generate over $1.4 billion in revenue in the three month period, representing 15 percent of total packaged game sales.
He also thinks Modern Warfare 3 could sell an additional eight million copies in 2012 and Battlefield 3 another two million units, with many gamers choosing to pick up both games.
"I'd guess that around half of the console copies of Battlefield 3 will be bought by people who also buy Modern Warfare 3, so around two to three million will buy both," he said. "I don't see much cannibalization of the titles."
Check out CVG's just-published Battlefield 3 review to find out how the single player campaign stacks up on PC ahead of the game's release this week.
You can see what the rest of the gaming world thought of it here.