Madden NFL 25 sales cross 1 million units

First-week sales for EA Sports' gridiron game down year-over-year, though game is also coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Madden NFL 25 sold more than 1 million units during its first week at retail and was the top-selling game of August overall in North America, Electronic Arts has announced.

Gamers have played nearly 6 million hours of Madden NFL 25 since launch. A Seahawks vs. 49ers matchup was three times more popular than any other contest during the first week, EA said.

Madden NFL 25's Ultimate Team has gotten off to a quick start, EA said, noting players have opened more than 3.3 million packs, the most in any single week since Ultimate Team was introduced in Madden NFL 10.

In addition, Saturday, August 28, marked the highest day for net revenue in Madden Ultimate Team history, EA said.

Madden NFL 25's sales of 1 million units is down from 1.65 million for last year's Madden NFL 13, but the full picture won't come into focus until later. The game will be released on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 as launch titles for the next-generation platforms in November.

Sterne Agee analyst Arvind Bhatia said first-week sales of Madden NFL 25, though down year-over-year, are in line with the company's guidance. He noted that the $10 upgrade offer from current- to next-generation versions of the game will also boost sales.

"In any case, we think the true picture of EA's overall sports business this year won't emerge until the arrival of the next-gen version of its games this holiday," Bhatia said.

Robert W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian echoed Bhatia's comments, saying the "softness" in sales of Madden NFL 25 reflects the nature of the console transition.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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mcautoman1
mcautoman1

Okay I have to add a comment about the game called madden. I am one that will get this game every year but I trade games I don't play so I can save some cash. Well this year I  will be waiting for the PS4 version. I will not fall for the banana in the tail pipe trick and give up my cash or games for a roster update and a few rb moves. I also hope that EA does get some comp which will make them up there game. Hope the new gen version is worth it or that will be the last Madden game for a while for me. From what I have seen about the new gen version looks like they put more work into that version. We can only hope!!!

sadscooterpipe
sadscooterpipe

The game is absolute sh*t (my opinion you fanboy gods to gaming/Madden). Spent time getting all gold coins in the training to get a feel for the game only to be absolutely mauled by the Browns with difficulty set to Rookie in my first game while going with mainly suggested plays and defensive calls......right.  Yes, this is the first, only, and last Madden game I have ever bought (see below) but I've been gaming since the Atari for god sakes.

Laughed the whole time watching the AI being completely unable to catch a cold on offense or defense.  Overly complicated, not fun, and impossibly frustrating. Should have a divorce warning on the box next to the sticker that implies you must have an instantaneous ability to read a formation AND make the appropriate digital reactions via your controller on both sides of the ball.  Not accessible and not going to happen.  Good luck running the ball and stopping a running back check-down in the flat that seems like it goes for 15yds every time against you.  Sh*t I tell you...

Cheers to those of you who are better and enjoy it more than I, but my copy will never see the light of day in this house again.  It was bought for the Sunday Ticket, and for that reason alone, was money well spent.

FU Madden.  FU indeed.

hastati4
hastati4

It's not a real NFL experience if they don't throw flags for every tackle that touches the helmet or the sidelines.

NicoD313
NicoD313

Why did they do this to Barry,first he doesn't get a super bowl and now he's on the cover of the worst Madden game yet.Hasn't he suffered enough?

2Black2Strong
2Black2Strong

Those sales are horrible considering it used to do that DAY ONE back in the day. It was camp out just like COD is today. Now gamers could care less.

Lostat
Lostat

All aboard the cash-cow!  ;)

Vodoo
Vodoo

I'm curious to see how good this will look on the X1. With the X1's tv features I can have Madden and a real NFL game playing split screen, side-by-side. That'll be cool.

digits52
digits52

Maybe because its always the same game, with some new animations thrown in, and a updated roster. For the luv of what is NFL gaming, will NFL2K please come back! The National Football League needs to realize not having a competitor to compete with Madden is not doing Football justice plain and simple. The Madden team has gotten to lazy and to money hungry to actually care about the product that they have repeatedly put out.

Pi
Pi

I used to be a HUGE Madden fan and bought every iteration from the first Commodore 64 release all the way through the first PS3 release.  Unfortunately, I felt the series stagnated and actually regressed at that point, and despite keeping my eye on it each year, have refused to spend any further money on it until the features they had REMOVED (like proper franchise and owner mode) were at least restored.


This year, I see that they appear to have actually restored the feature set to pre-PS3 status and am thinking about purchasing a Madden for the first time in quite a few years either on the PS3 or waiting for the PS4 version.  Any thoughts from other long time fans who had become disgusted with the game?  Any of you break down and purchase a copy this year?

Tennies07
Tennies07

Played this at a friend's and thought the run game was tuned in a way that gave me a good sense of differentiation between an elite running back and a middling running back.  Where I think this game flopped, however, is passing the ball as well as playing defense.  Still the same old stupid issues that have always plagued the franchise.  It's time for some competition to keep things fresh.

Oaken-shield
Oaken-shield

I will be getting this for next generation : )

Findy37564
Findy37564

im not sports game player so its confuse me, beside the rooster change what else they do? 

rahmie0789
rahmie0789

lol so the same people that complain and bitch about EA are the main ones supporting them. Irony... 

bigmikeOK
bigmikeOK

Ok folks I usually am very reserved with my comments but WHAT THE HELL? I mean, I'm admittedly more a baseball fan (which unfortunately has been ruined in the gaming industry by the monopoly licensing) but I still watch a little football as well. I understand that football fans want to play their football videogames. The problem is I don't understand playing them for a full $60 a year for roster updates and slight changes in ball and running mechanics. The problem is the absolute monopoly owned by EA over the NFL but the biggest problem is all of us. As long as we keep buying a full $60 for slight changes they'll keep churning them out. Please talk to your friends, neighbors, and co-workers if you have any care for the quality of your football game and tell them to stop the madness.

dentaldamboy
dentaldamboy

It is the best football game ever. Roster updates makes this for a fun experience. It's unique.

JKeyz90
JKeyz90

Played the 360 version....Ballhawk sucks I hope it's not the same for Xbox One version or I will be breaking a lot of controllers this year smh...or sending it back lol 

jimbothef
jimbothef

Like others, I'm hoping we see some competition again between EA and another dev (2K or whoever else) although it seems unlikely.  Madden '13 was a good improvement and I didn't feel bad about buying it, but Madden 25 looks like a cash-in, and I can't imagine the next-gen version will be any better (remember how bad Madden NFL 06 was on the 360?).  I think the glory days of Madden (04 and 05) are gone and never coming back, unfortunately.....

wEEman33_IV
wEEman33_IV

Well, I guess this confirms that there's still at least 1 million idiots in America.

Karjah
Karjah

Who keeps buying these year after year?  

nissanmaxima
nissanmaxima

well, I'm not part of the 1 million. the last nfl game i bought was NFL 2K5. I refuse to buy a Madden EA football game.

DFray919
DFray919

i wont be getting madden 25. unless so one give it to me. :-) i would rather play fifa14 or NBA2k14

Williams0907
Williams0907

Wow really, I didn't buy this year because the game IS THE EXACT SAME EVERY YEAR. Thanks for buying over a million copies so they know to keep doing it. Idiots.

GSGuy321
GSGuy321

Next Gen Versions coming, with slightly better lighting, and same crappy gameplay engine. At a retailer near you !

northArrow
northArrow

I don't know why they can't just make a DLC for roster changes.

Oh wait I do know why, because people are stupid enough to shell out $60 every year

XbotSlayer221
XbotSlayer221

As long as idiots that have no self control keep buying this garbage rehash we will never see another better football game..

jeremyc99999
jeremyc99999

@bigmikeOK I'm a HUGE football fan, but I totally agree with you. I'll buy a football game once every 4 years, but there is no way in hell I could buy the same crap every year. Although I do have to disagree with your baseball and the gaming industry comment, because I'd say The Show is the best sports game probably ever made, but even then I don't buy it every year.

digits52
digits52

@JKeyz90 why do i have a feeling its gonna be the same tired engine with a graphics upgrade... I hope i'm wrong.

2Black2Strong
2Black2Strong

@wEEman33_IV We can say the same about those UK suckers that play a boring sport like soccer. That shit's not even televised and no one cares who won

Dissentioncc
Dissentioncc

@wEEman33_IV No, it's just the people like football and don't have a choice. I'd say boycott entirely for a year, but people won't do that.

JKeyz90
JKeyz90

@nissanmaxima yea 2K5 was the best I wish they did bring back 2K for football I mean they did for Live....

nickpeck36
nickpeck36

@nissanmaxima Wow I forgot about that game, so I did buy ONE sports related game in the last 10 years.  NFL2K5 was a great football game and I remember how people held out against madden for years by sticking with NFL2K5.

Bugermeister
Bugermeister

@northArrow It's not just roster changes. Better physics. Better running game. New Owner mode. Etc

Tigerbite2
Tigerbite2

@XbotSlayer221 And you know what, those real sucky football teams that can't even win half their games...yeah, they're still making money, too.  Even when they can't fill half their stadium 8 days a year.

BigT232
BigT232

@jeremyc99999 @bigmikeOK  

Same, I've got Madden 11 and it's my first and only Madden for this generation.  It pisses me off that they shut down the servers to the older games after only 2 years or less.  I bought all my sports games the same year (NHL, NBA, Fight Night) except for Fifa World Cup 2010.  I'm not a huge soccer fan but I enjoy Fifa.  So when I want to play a soccer game I want to play world cup due to it being nations instead of leagues.  Sadly I'll probably have to purchase sports games every other year this next generation due to my brother moving out if I want to play against him.  Hopefully consoles get some dedicated servers.

digits52
digits52

@Dissentioncc @wEEman33_IV remember how that worked out with the back up officials ( if only the fans would not watch they wouldn't have a choice but to come to an agreement with the Officials) ... Like u said, i don't see that happening.

nickpeck36
nickpeck36

@northArrow @WantYouBad How about that touch down!! oh wait he tossed it on the ground a tad early.  That made my day this morning lol, what a fool.

WantYouBad
WantYouBad

@XbotSlayer221 @Tigerbite2 Perhaps he is saying that they will continue to be churned out because they cost so little, even if the audience drastically shrunk.