FIFA 12 sells 3.2 million in one week - EA

Publisher estimates football simulation's sell-through as "the most successful launch in EA Sports history," calls it the biggest launch of 2011 so far.

The world's most popular sport has produced EA Sports' biggest game launch to date. Electronic Arts today announced that FIFA 12 sold through an estimated 3.2 million copies in the first week after its September 27 North American debut, enough to be dubbed "the most successful launch in EA Sports history."

FIFA 12 hurdled the launch performances of every prior EA Sports game.

EA says that total--based on its own preliminary estimates--qualifies FIFA 12's launch as the biggest of any sports game ever, and the biggest of any game released in 2011 to date. The publisher also revealed a few other stats from the game's launch, saying sell-through is up 23 percent year-over-year, with the iPhone and iPad versions combining to sell 879,000 copies. It also pushed EA Sports' online servers to their busiest day ever, with players logging 10 million sessions in the label's games, nearly 8 million of those accounted for by FIFA 12.

Among the headline features in FIFA 12 are the new Player Impact Engine and new dribbling mechanics in an effort to deliver a more realistic touch on the ball. Defense has likewise been tweaked, with a greater emphasis being placed on position play and ball interception. The publisher is also introducing the EA Sports Football Club feature, a free service that offers news and updates on the real-world sport.

For more on the sim, check out GameSpot's review of FIFA 12.

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39 comments
DaWarthog
DaWarthog

PES 12 is better. That's why FIFA is trying to bite off its game play. FIFA just has better graphics and EA is a marketing machine.

Soothsayer42
Soothsayer42

hey man... americans dont need to act like an ape in this football-soccer stuff. If u guys dont like it, ignore it... u make ur country look bad seriously (no offense)

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

So this is one of those times where "EA its in the game" the company slogan makes sense. Soccer or football as the European peoples call it is the worlds most popular sport. Even though in America no one gives a Rats Arse about soccer.

ThursdayFc
ThursdayFc

where can i change to Legacy, I like playing FUT 12 even I lost most of the time.

CTR360
CTR360

amazing numbers go fifa

daabulls23
daabulls23

FIFA and NHL are the best games by EA Sports by FAR.

H-Revolver
H-Revolver

I'm getting this as soon as possible for my PS3. Best football game ever!

vega13mv
vega13mv

"The world's most popular sport" ^ This

michalito20
michalito20

@LondonGamer986 You can take it back.. they have this on options menu! they call it legacy defending which is excactly like the previous games but you can't use it in online matches!! btw love the new fifa although i too have some trouble with tactical defending but i suppose i'll get used to it eventually!! Great work EA ;)!!

LondonGamer986
LondonGamer986

Hate what they have done with the new defensive system, can't get along with it at all. Wanna take it back.

mercutio665
mercutio665

@ bonzibuddyxxx Actually the new FIFA has a totally new physics engine. It's pretty awesome.

Carlos161
Carlos161

It's selling very well but I think Gears of War 3 sales would've surpassed if it was multiplatform

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

Very surprising...I wonder what the European to the rest of the world ratio of who purchased it is ;)

adrian10000
adrian10000

It has nothing to do with advertisements. This was caused by the fact that the cracked version of Fifa 12 is useless without the lan mode and a lot of those fans were forced to buy the game.

footballracer
footballracer

effect of brain washing advertisements on young gamers is undoubtable!

4610383no
4610383no

Yay!! i got 1 of the 3.2 million!!!!!!! =P

Triton
Triton

I would like to get this, but really to many other great games coming out this month. somethings got to give...

jollybest1
jollybest1

I've stoped playing FIFA in 2002 :D......Nice to see that football/soccer (for USA) games are big sellers, personally I don't see the point but what the hey keep it gooing

steelmouth
steelmouth

wow september was a prety awesome month for publishers Gears3 did 3mil and now FIFA12 did 3.2mill, not being a big soccer (sports) fan am not too excited about this but am get it way way later (i hav plenty of soccer fans friends)

svdbygrce02
svdbygrce02

the Madden team could stand to learn a few things from FIFA

charlieboomboom
charlieboomboom

would liked to see more teams/leagues every year. but that is sadly not a focus-point

bonzibuddyxxx
bonzibuddyxxx

like i said for madden people must love their roster updates

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

Getting FIFA, NHL, and NBA 2K11 at Christmas. Gonna be my first sports games since '09, and I figure waiting a couple years before an upgrade is better then buying yearly like a tool.

BDNiner
BDNiner

I am surprised it has sold this well

nousername66
nousername66

Fifa 08 was the first game I bought when I got my PS3. I enjoyed that game for about 2 years non-stop. I might just buy '12, but only if the online is much better, 08 was a lagfest all the time.

PseudoElite
PseudoElite

I love the game personally, and I am a fully proclaimed soccer/football fanatic. Glad to hear it's doing well, the developers really did put some hard work into it and it shows.

hippiesanta
hippiesanta

I never enjoy soccer games....or any sport games, but I may get this for my brother and friends who visit my house

kozzy1234
kozzy1234

Good to hear, this is the best soccer game ever, the improved defense is a HUGE addition imo. Glad to see a good game sell well.

Stonecutters908
Stonecutters908

I got this at launch and as a life long FIFA fan (I've played ever single one of them) this is probably the best FIFA game ever. Maybe some of the ones in the later 90's made larger jumps in quality but there was a lot of room to do that. FIFA 12 is a near dead on soccer sim and a robust package of game modes done at a very very high quality. It takes some getting used to but this game is much better than FIFA 10 or 11.

josecer
josecer

ohhh.....so excited to get it....... :D "VIVA REAL MADRID" 777 7CRISTIANO RONALDO7777

ivanfred
ivanfred

I don't own any soccer games. If this game is as good as advertised I might buy it.

gfantini
gfantini

Well done, EA! When it seems Fifa cannot get any better, you nail it again! And again!

syahirkhai
syahirkhai

AWESOME. Damn EA Sports' is effing rich. :/

Okplay
Okplay

Best soccer game ever,no wonder why it sells so good :)

Evilbunz
Evilbunz

the best fifa game ever....... what a game love it.

Yathoom
Yathoom

they deserve the recognition and the crown of Soccer games.