Battlefield 3 ships 8 million, Back to Karkand pack coming next week is reporting that Electronic Arts CFO Eric Brown has confirmed that eight million copies of Battlefield 3 have been sold since the game launched on October 25. Insert a “low whistle” here.

Not only has the DICE-developed shooter sold a lot of copies, but a lot more are available in stores for the Christmas rush. According to Brown, an additional four million copies have been shipped to retailers, which explains Battlefield 3’s discounted status (some stores sold it for as little as $30) on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

EA has also revealed that the Back to Karkand map pack will be available to download from the PlayStation Network on December 6. Gamers who purchased the Battlefield 3 Limited Edition will receive Karkand for free, while the rest of us mere mortals will have to pony up $14.99. The DLC pack will be available for the PC and Xbox 360 on December 13 for the same price.

After downloading Karkand, players will have access to four classic Battlefield maps including “Strike at Karkand,” “Wake Island,” “Gulf of Oman” and “Sharqi Peninsula.” The pack will also feature the return of the Conquest Assault mode (last seen in Battlefield 2), three new vehicles, ten new weapons, five new dog tags, five new Achievements/Trophies and “an added layer of persistence where players complete assignments to unlock items and earn rewards.”

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