FIFA 11 first-week sales hit 2.6 million

EA's second soccer sim of the season becomes "fastest selling sports game ever," generates $150 million from NA, Euro regions alone.

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FIFA 11 may be EA's second soccer sim to see release this year, but that hasn't stopped the game from achieving blockbuster sales. Five months after releasing the highly regarded 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa edition, EA has again struck success, announcing today that internal estimates indicate that FIFA 11 has sold more than 2.6 million units in Europe and North America through October 2.

FIFA 11 is the series' best outing ever.

FIFA 11's first-week haul secures it the title of "fastest selling sports game ever," according to EA. It was also a lucrative one, as the publisher noted that the game generated more than $150 million at retail between September 28 and October 1, with sell-through up 29 percent from last year's title. EA went on to note that the latest FIFA franchise entrant is having its best start ever in a number of markets, including the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and North America.

Gameplay also spiked this year, as the publisher called October 1-2 the "busiest two-day period for online gaming in EA Sports history." During that window, the entire EA Sports online collection accrued more than 18.6 million play sessions, 11.3 million of which were from FIFA 11.

FIFA 11's key new feature is Personality+, which distinguishes individual footballers from one another by using a database that evaluates and grades each player's skill set over 36 attributes and 57 traits. This means a footballer's real-life skills will be reflected in the game. EA has also introduced a new Pro Passing system, which determines pass accuracy directly from a gamer's ability on the controls.

For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of FIFA 11.

Discussion

128 comments
nyranasaurus
nyranasaurus

I would normally agree with you but the changes on teh PC version is definately dramatic enough to warrent a high score for the PC version only. its finally a next gen title on the PC. thats worth a good score for most people that have a PC.

supersonikk
supersonikk

It's weird how everyone who hates football here calls it 'soccer'.

ferrarienzo2
ferrarienzo2

Dont understand how an updated FiFA 10 roster and a personality can get a review score the same as an epic or commercially successful game like God of War 3,LBP,CoD4/MW2,AC:2.It beggars belief,years of developement go into such games but mere 1 year cycle with small changes(most taken from previous games)can score similar scores?

PresidentDman
PresidentDman

PES, I'm with FIFA now, but you will always be the "ex" I could never fully get over........

MidbackMan
MidbackMan

I blame Gamespot's shining review.

yuri19
yuri19

can't people like both? I love football to death but i recently started watching american football and its okay(i randomly picked miami as my team the year they were the worst team lol), why all the hate people?

Maxynator
Maxynator

What is so special about a new FIFA game? All that changes is the roster and the character models. This applies to almost every sport game

p2250
p2250

Forcing someone to watch a game of soccer could be considered 'torture' in many sporting event circles. It's just so boring, most games end nil-nil with hardly any shots on goal.

laptop12
laptop12

that why my local gamestore has the fifa 11 out of stock

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

lol at the Butthurt hand egg fans

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

@japanesegoth.... I agree that the bickering is silly, however, I do still think it's funny how American's will insist that "their" Football, is real Football, and "our" Football is soccer. Considering virtually the rest of the entire world calls "our" Football, Football, or at least an equivalent word in their native language (Voetbal, Futbol, Futebol etc etc), I find it humorous that American's have the audacity to presume they're right... team that with the fact that "our" Football was invented first by a long shot. But, whatever.... being British I automatically prefer "our" Football, but I still enjoy "their" Football. Two very different sports that are fun to watch in their own ways....

Noformation
Noformation

I bought FIFA 10 and ended up breaking the game in frustration. I just got FIFA 11 and after playing it for a while, there are many subtle differences that make it so much better than last years. It seems like the engine has been retooled, which is a nice change cause most EA sports games are just new cover designs and thats it.

japanesegoth
japanesegoth

i like how whenever soccer comes up, someone always has to find a way to bring up how they think americans are stupid for calling football "soccer". grow up. and spelling and words change over time. do you think the english you speak now is the same as it was 1000 years ago?

michelle_moraes
michelle_moraes

Hehehe even I got a copy this year since the last football game I had bought was Fifa09.

theslimdavylp
theslimdavylp

I'm not even a big soccer fan but FIFA is so much fun to play, I just played this demo and it was awesome

wmc540
wmc540

If you guys hate American Football so much why did the game in London sell out so quick???

olgert56
olgert56

There really isn't anything that makes this game greater than any other fifa game ever...it's just that last year's was bad so everyone wants a good soccer game this year...

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

I never thought I'd see the day that Fifa football was better than PES, but it has been so for the last 2 games (3 if you count the excellent world cup title this year too)... I loved the really early Fifa games with 96 and the great Mega CD version being real highlights of the 16 bit days... :)

sephirothsfan02
sephirothsfan02

I`ve been a die-hard PES fan since I can remember but now Fifa`s just too good to ignore, EA`ve really done a great job this year.

drummerdickens
drummerdickens

I bought FIFA instead of PES. I'm sorry PES, but you haven't nearly put in enough effort the past few years. Although at times you're amazing (best gameplay, great passing and realism in movement), you simply let me down too often (rubbish online play, inept goalkeepers, stupid referee decisions). FIFA will treat me right (no online lag!)

cameio
cameio

I tried Fifa 11 and PES 11 Demos and of course i'm still getting PES 11 as usuall Fifa 11 is so simple PES 11 for hardcore of course in my opinion :)

blankzy01
blankzy01

The technicality of football is significant throughout all the 90 minutes of it. Unlike gridiron there are no continuous stoppages to choose which play to use, whats going wrong or analyse what play the other team is using. The continuity of the game forces players to adapt and read each other for a full 45 minutes a half and not a couple of seconds. By no means am I putting gridiron down, however I really do not see the relevance of people coming to here and displaying their ignorance about football. Lets enjoy both games for what they are

Tarfang2
Tarfang2

i have come up with an amzing solution (mainly cuz brits are gunna lose this fight soon) If you call it soccer buy PES if not get FIFA. Sometimes i think that i should be a diplomat but as a final note i agree that not having Us in most words is wierd but it was americans that moderanised old english replacing ks with cs such as in the word music used to be musik

p2250
p2250

Look up the etmology of the word 'soccer', and you'll find out that it originated in England, not America. On another note, I really enjoyed Fifa 08 but have yet to buy another Fifa game. I mean, c'mon, who cares if the rosters change, nobody knows any of these players anyways. And I heard Fifa 11 has a lot of bugs, so I'll pass. I'm going to buy either Fifa 09 or 10 used and save myself money.

Microwin
Microwin

can I have like $1 million? You're not gonna miss it EA, that's pocket change for you. but it would help a whole load for me.

mude
mude

Swet, can't wait to get this on my hands:-D

Muhaas
Muhaas

DeadManRollin Posted Oct 6, 2010 9:52 am GMT Soccer is a retarded and irrelevant word that needs to die. You can simply call the other football "American Football", although I doubt how much of it is actually played with the feet ---actually most sports are played with feet if running or even skating is invovled

drummerdickens
drummerdickens

@Kabaro No. It's called Soccer because of "You Americans". A small region in England called it Soccer because of the original term "Association football"; roughly 0.1% of the population. It is not our fault that a word that was used by 0.1% of the country and has since died in England is now used by 99.9% of Americans. You chose to adopt the word Soccer merely to be different from the rest of the world and for the simple reason that your pride got in the way of renaming what you call Football. Despite the fact you don't use your god damned feet! Football 1-0 American Football / Soccer

shkar
shkar

this or PES ??? I'm kinda confused...

CrashOV
CrashOV

@ Sirbobislost: actually the word "soccer" was invented by british people. Look it up. But personally I dont really care. it's just a word. just thought I'd say it for debae purposes. I dont have the game. I dont really like soccer that much anyway. I just hope that it looks and plays better then the one from last year because that looked like a half assed created game.

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

@ Kabaro "you british people" Orly? That's rather a bold statement from a country that has difficulty placing the U in the word colour (take note of the spelling please) and for reasons the rest of the world don't understand over pronounce most words that start with an I for example why is it I-raq or I-talion or I-ran? But ofc it must be our fault that our own sport got renamed outside our own country (sarcasm by the way)

Shardz7
Shardz7

Those are some pretty nice figures for a sport that is rigged!

DeadManRollin
DeadManRollin

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DeadManRollin

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DOF_power
DOF_power

Kabaro, 1] What do you mean "you British people" ?! Only a few 19th century Oxford rich kids people called it soccer (and called rugby rugger), the British masses called it football, and had no knowledge/ recollection of this "soccer" word. 2] Lots of countries ?! Meaning USA, Canada, Australia (at times), (at times) S. Africa and New Zeeland is only 5 countries, that's not a lot. 3] Read the above.

Kleeyook
Kleeyook

I see monopoly can destroy a franchise. While NHL and FIFA improved so much every year, Madden is always more of the same. :(

BlackSquare
BlackSquare

All you British people are completely ignorant. 1) Its called soccer because of you British people (look it up). 2) Lots of countries call it soccer. 3) Lots of countries call different sports "football" (and not just gridiron football). 4) Gridiron football used their feet a lot more in the past than it does now. Thats why its called football. The game changed but the name didn't. 5) So before you start hating on the word "soccer", go hate yourself. It's your fault we have it.

DOF_power
DOF_power

God I this "soccer" word nonsense. It's called football or association football to correct, soccer is the nickname for AMATEUR upper-class (association) football, not for professional (association) football.

badtaker
badtaker

@anwar1998: but it looks like Egg not ball. Handegg is proper name imo :P

anwar1998
anwar1998

@amaan4ever:maybe American football should be called arm ball,because it is always carried using your arms right?

Ray2259
Ray2259

If you get past the lackluster defending for User AI Teammates this game is fairly good. The unrealistic jostling and shoulder grabbing is an eyesore though. Very nice numbers for this title. Now onto Black Ops next Month and then Finally Gran Turismo 5. Oh.. i can't wait. :D