The collective might of the Need for Speed franchise cannot be denied as publisher EA reveals it has screeched past 100 million sales worldwide, topping $2.7 billion revenue.
EA Games' Frank Gibeau says it's "a huge honor" to have such a franchise, and thanks the millions of fans for "driving us to this milestone." Need for Speed began in '94, and now has 15 titles.
"Few videogame franchises ever reach the 100M units mark, so this is a huge honor. We have millions of fans to thank for driving us to this milestone," said Gibeau, reports .
"With the launch of Need for Speed SHIFT and the upcoming release of Need for Speed NITRO, we hope to continue to deliver the most entertaining, action-packed racing experiences."
15 titles in total so far across 14 different platforms. Need for Speed is available in 22 different languages in over 60 nations around the world, with EA noting that gamers have sped along 279 billion miles of road and tracks.
Need for Speed has "sold more games than all new passenger cars sales in the U.S since 1994," added EA, citing data from the US Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
Need for Speed: NITRO releases on Wii and DS this November, with free-to-play Need for Speed World Online on PC entering beta in Taiwan this winter; it releases globally in late 2010.
Are you a long-time Need for Speed junkie, videogamer? Check out NFS: Shift's launch trailer.
EA: Need for Speed "best-selling racing brand", clears 100m sales
22 October 2009 | By Simon Priest