While FIFA 18 may have risen to number 1 over in the UK sales charts, all is not well on the physical sales side of things.
According to Chart-Track, physical sales of FIFA 18 have dropped by 25% when compared to FIFA 17 numbers. Is this the beginning of the end of physical copies of games and should EA even care if it is?
EA probably don’t. The game is still selling incredibly well and is a lot cheaper to not have to produce physical copies of the game. If you don’t have a fast Internet connection then it may be bad news for you in the near future. If Devs see games like FIFA not selling physical copies then they may decide to focus on digital sales.
Big games like the FIFA franchise and Call of Duty series have been one of the few series to not see a drop in physical sales; until now.
Sony will certainly be happy with the FIFA 18 sales figures. The PS4 earned a total of 60% of total sales which is an increase of 7% on FIFA 17 figures.
Of course, a version of FIFA 18 has been made for the Nintendo Switch. According to Eurogamer, The Switch, PS3 and Xbox 360 accounted for just 3% of total sales. Those sales figures don’t justify releasing it on past-gen consoles. It’s a bit of a money grab from EA in my opinion.
The top 10 can be seen below with GTA V still managing to outsell that vast majority of games, four years after release.
- FIFA 18
- Destiny 2
- Forza Horizon 3
- NBA 2K18
- Crash Bandicoot
- Project Cars 2
- Uncharted: Lost Legacy
- Lego Worlds
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
If you want to have a look at Elitegamer’s thoughts on our first playthrough of FIFA 18, then just click here. Or if you’re on the side of Pro Evolution, then check out our review of Pro Evo 2018 here.
Which series do you prefer? Are you like me and need to have the real team and player names to fully enjoy the game or does Pro Evo’s fluidity win out for you? Let us know in the comments.