FIFA 13 has run out onto the pitch to thunderous chants from gaming fans, as it has blazed straight to number one in the UK all-format games chart (supplied by Chart Track), joining a unique club of titles which have sold over a million in their opening week.
This year’s new footy game from EA sold a quarter more than its predecessor, and joins Call of Duty games Black Ops and Modern Warfare 2 and 3, the only other titles to flog more than a million during their debut week.
Given that FIFA 12 was a member of the top ten until a couple of months ago, we can expect FIFA 13 to be a permanent fixture in the chart for a long, long time to come.
Who knows, it might still be there when FIFA 14 is released, and could perhaps be the first game to last for an entire year in the top ten.
Chart Track noted that this week sparked massive sales, with the number of units shifted trebling, and revenue quadrupling, as we head into the busy season for games. Mind you, FIFA 13 itself accounted for 70 per cent of all those units shifted.
Borderlands 2, which was last week’s number one, dropped sales to the tune of 60 per cent, but still managed to keep the number two spot.
F1 2012 slid to number three, and Mists of Pandaria, the latest World of Warcraft expansion, was another new entry at number four (it’s PC-only, of course).
Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 languished well behind FIFA at number five, and was followed by Sleeping Dogs, and then another new entry – Rocksmith from Ubisoft. Clearly, music games aren’t dead just yet, despite the canning of the Guitar Hero franchise.
Rounding out the top ten was Skyrim at number eight, then Lego Batman 2, and New Super Mario Bros 2. Dead or Alive 5, the beat-‘em-up from Tecmo Koei, was another new entry, although it only managed number eleven.