The FIFA franchise has come a long way in recent years. It always sold through the nose, but it has now become the game of choice for the soccer connoisseur, displacing the Pro Evo franchise and sending sales through the roof. This, and we suspect the rising popularity of soccer in new regions has contributed to the FIFA franchise selling its 100 millionth copy.
It's a fair old number. If you need a point of reference, that's more than Final Fantasy, GTA, Madden and Zelda. It's almost double the lifetime sales of the Pro Evolution franchise.
Apparently FIFA 11 is also riding World Cup fever to higher sales this year, pushing 20 per cent more units compared to last year's sales.
So, good news for EA, but the good news for consumers is that for the first time Australians can download the FIFA Ultimate Team online mode for free.
"Few video game franchises ever reach the 100 million units mark and we have millions of fans around the world to thank for helping us to this milestone," said Matt Bilbey, vice president of football, EA Sports. “It is a wonderful tribute to all of these fans playing FIFA 11 that our most popular and played DLC is now available for the first time ever for free.”
Any FIFA fans in here? Personally I think FIFA 11 slowed things down just a smidgeon too much over FIFA 10, but I've always been a huge fan of the series, especially in recent years. Plus, it's the only venue where my beloved Glasgow Rangers have a chance of winning the Champion's League!