FIFA 12 Summary
It has been announced through Chart-Track that the FIFA franchise is the first video game series to collectively attain £1bn at UK retail. It did so spread across 40 released FIFA titles. FIFA 12 and FIFA 13 alone contributed around £200m to the staggering figure. The second and third top video game grossing properties are Call of Duty and Mario respectively.
The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of FIFA 13 combined to sell over 350K units 24 hours after launch, surpassing FIFA 12's sales by 42%.
Ball dribbling and red cards are atop the UK all format chart once again as EA Sports' FIFA 12 moves past Max Payne 3 and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. Grasshopper's Lollipop Chainsaw entered 4th, while Diablo III suddenly rockets up 6th from 22nd. Gravity Rush debuted 11th. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 goes from 7th to 14th.
Jon Murphy, Konami's European team leader for PES, has said that while there was a "period of dissatisfaction" with PES for good reason, now it's because EA marketing has 'duped us'. The PES franchise hasn't been "given proper respect" for returning to quality, said Murphy, because "so many have bought" into EA's PR. Also EA 'copy' the PES formula.
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier from Ubisoft maintains its lofty 1st position in the UK all format chart for its third consecutive week. Max Payne 3 remains static as well in 2nd. FIFA 12 inches closers to the Rockstar action though, but remains 3rd. Battlefield 3 climbs 4th while Cyanide's Game of Thrones RPG debuts 6th. Dragon's Dogma falls back 12th.