EA Sports FC 24 has emerged as a standout success in the UK gaming landscape, securing the title of the second-largest boxed game launch of 2023. However, this achievement is accompanied by the noteworthy fact that physical sales for the game have dipped by a substantial 30% when compared to the previous year’s FIFA 23.
This rebranded edition of FIFA has not only outperformed its predecessors but has also managed to surpass Hogwarts Legacy, the formidable game giant, to claim the third spot in the rankings of the biggest physical game launches in the UK for 2023. The only title to surpass EA Sports FC 24 in terms of sales is The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.
It’s essential to recognize that physical sales across the gaming industry are on a gradual decline. Nonetheless, juggernauts like FIFA and Call of Duty continue to maintain a significant, albeit shrinking, portion of physical sales. The extent of the decline in boxed sales this year, amounting to a 30% drop, has taken many by surprise.
As reported by GamesIndustry.biz, the transition from the widely recognized FIFA branding to the new EA Sports FC label has likely contributed to the drop in sales, despite extensive marketing and promotional efforts.
This year’s edition of the game introduced several notable changes, including the integration of women footballers into the Ultimate Team mode for the first time. However, Eurogamer’s review of EA Sports FC 24 noted a sense of familiarity, stating, “With the license gone, this is the beginning of a new era, but it feels like business as usual – for better and for worse.”
While the physical sales landscape is evolving, EA Sports FC 24’s strong showing in the UK market highlights the enduring appeal of this annual sports gaming franchise, even as it adapts to new branding and introduces exciting gameplay innovations.
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