NHL 12 sets franchise sales record

EA Sports' latest hockey sim sells more than 450,000 copies in first week, tops $27 million in retail receipts worldwide; Facebook version of franchise launching next month.

Electronic Arts put the biscuit in the basket nearly a half million times last week. The publisher today revealed that it sold 451,000 copies of NHL 12 in the game's first week on sale.

NHL 12's sales were top shelf (where momma hides the cookies).

The hockey sim posted franchise-best retail receipts of more than $27 million worldwide for its launch week, with the number of copies sold up 19 percent year-over-year. The publisher also said gamers posted 6.9 million online game sessions during the launch week, the most in the series' history.

EA Sports updated this year's version of the series with a new "Full Contact" physics engine. The publisher aimed to increase realism in the game, adding in such features as goalies that can be interfered with more realistically, as well as net battles. It also revamped the Be a Pro career mode and added a handful of legends to the game, including Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, and Gordie Howe.

EA's plans for hockey don't end with NHL 12. The publisher also today announced NHL Superstars, a free-to-play Facebook game that will launch early next month. In Superstars, players will cobble together a team of pros and pit them against their friends' squads in head-to-head matchups.

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36 comments
zkotti
zkotti

This is partly due to EA's decision to make NHL12 region lock-free on the xbox.

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

This or FIFA....I must choose :|

munchlax99
munchlax99

@suprsolider: you obviously haven't played the nhl series games? :P

Ellipsis667
Ellipsis667

That's cool. I'm glad to here it's had success. It's the first hockey game I've bought in 10 years or so. It's friggin' great.

minivirus2
minivirus2

Winnipeg says you're welcome (Is from Winnipeg)

Archangel3371
Archangel3371

Nice. I need to get myself a copy real soon. This series has been quite stellar for the last few years.

suprsolider
suprsolider

Stop buying these games, it's the same game over and over again. Seriously people.

FlyingKoopa
FlyingKoopa

I really like to watch hockey, but where I live, people are so much focused on soccer that there's no space for other sports. I don't know the teams and the leagues, but I like to watch the world championship, Winter Olympics... wish I could play someday.

ZoTrAcK
ZoTrAcK

I have read an article last week with an interview from someone of high-level at EA... They don't rely that much on real sales anymore, they make the big money in ad placement in their game... Sick isn't it?! So they don't need customers to buy their game if the game is well-known, it will pay for itself... That's why they pee on our heads. This company is so disrespectful, you can't even close an EA account, their system is not made to do that I've been told yesterday! EA is truly the devil reincarnated... Boycott them if you still want competition in the game industry in 5 years! @MOwens9512...By the way, others companies don't need the NFL license, there is plenty of place for a good game of football on the market. If it is well done, and without online code, I'm buying it!

Qirexian
Qirexian

NHL is a great example of "if it works, make it even more awesome". These people have been perfecting the game with each iteration.

MOwens9512
MOwens9512

Well, NHL (and FIFA) have tended to be the solid sports franchises for EA Sports, so the sales are well deserved. At least they don't just make their money because EA Sports shut out the competition like Madden or NCAA does. They've actually built good equity, even if they hit a snag in progression along the way. Can't wait until their contract with the NFL expires soon. Hopefully we'll get a decent football game from someone when that happens.

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

Feels like the same game as the last few years. Wish they'd fix the controls so the poke check actually moved towards the friggin' puck instead of stabbing at nothing. I don't care about checking people into benches and breaking glass.

mamelon2012
mamelon2012

Record breaking sales?... could it be coincidental that it just so happened the year the Bruins won the cup? I think NOT!

Son_of_Bmore
Son_of_Bmore

@nitroRCman If I read it right they just skipped this year cuz they didn't like what they where doin just the same way EA Sports did wit the NBA which I applaud both companies 4 doin

RFmyrddin
RFmyrddin

Haven't seen anything buggy online so far. Not so much to be fixed on my side, maybe stats in BAP is a disappointment, nothing else than club stats shows up in the game...

bonzibuddyxxx
bonzibuddyxxx

people must really love their roster updates lol ea sports

deano34249
deano34249

Online is great, get a better connection

glennvolio
glennvolio

Since I have no faith in the online in this game not being buggy and crappy, I will not be getting this one. Or any other EA hockey game for that matter, until they fix the online.

munchlax99
munchlax99

awesome, i think im getting this soon, and im so playing that facebook game :D

bizuit
bizuit

We get a Madden review before the game even comes out but we still don't have a review for NHL a week after its release

bluezy
bluezy

Damn, I'm totally gonna play that Facebook game, too.

KingOfOldSkool
KingOfOldSkool

A strong positive for both the franchise and the sport.. well deserved.

Colin1192
Colin1192

one week later and still no review, but Gears 3 was reviewed a week in advance HMMMMMMMMMMMM

nitroRCman
nitroRCman

@Son_of_Bmore 2k discontinued their NHL series

nitroRCman
nitroRCman

Yea it's still a tad buggy, but what do you expect with so much going on at such a fast pace? Definitely worth $60 and much faster than NHL 11 (froze a couple times which was annoying, but other than that I think it's a huge step up)

Pikdum
Pikdum

Great game, but its insanely buggy.

Son_of_Bmore
Son_of_Bmore

If 2K spent as much time on there NHL & MLB games they b awesome

holtrocks
holtrocks

It seems like everyother sports games published by EA besides Madden are awsome so basically F*** EA TIBURON LAZY B@$TERDS

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

I'm really not into the hockey games, or the soccer games for that matter, but I know a lot of friends that really enjoy these hockey titles. They say the team sport in the game is unrivaled, so I may have to check it out!

paulsifer42
paulsifer42

And still gamespot has not reviewed the game... Weird.

legokid3000
legokid3000

Brendan Sinclair, you are THE best punster I know. Never change. I aspire to be like you! Sincerely, Kevin Pennyfeather Oh yeah, NHL12 is pretty fun too.

freestyler_85
freestyler_85

its gotta be because of all the Winnipeg Jets fans!

mercutio665
mercutio665

Say what you will about EA's stranglehold on NHL hockey game rights, this game is damn near perfect.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

For an annually released sports game, that is impressive.