Dead Space 3 pre-orders are "tracking almost five times higher than Dead Space 2", EA Labels president Frank Gibeau has revealed.

The figure was announced during EA's Investor Relations call last night, where it was also revealed that Battlefield 4 would release during FY14 and Star Wars: The Old Republic would be going free-to-play.

The figure is based on pre-sales from the equivalent time-period in 2010.

Dead Space 3 has attracted criticism from some consumers for its apparent focus on action-packed co-op shooting.

Gibeau, however, doesn't see it that way.

"We believe the new co-op gameplay feature is attracting a lot of attention and a broader audience," he said.

But Dead Space 3 isn't the only EA game tracking higher than its predecessor.

Crysis 3 pre-orders "are roughly three-times what they were for Crysis 2, at this time in 2010," EA confirmed.