EA announced today that FIFA 10 has sold more than 4.5 million units worldwide since its launch, resulting in a 26 percent increase over the same period last year. The game is now the fastest-selling sports game in the world with some 1.7 million units sold in Europe during its first week on the market. It’s also the top selling game overall in Europe for 2009.
The game also achieved a record for online play, averaging some 3 million games played daily, and more than 113 million games total online on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 over the past two months.
Speaking of online play, EA also announced today that it will release FIFA 10 Ultimate Team, a more authentic and dynamic game mode (originally introduced last year), that enables fans to customize the way they build their ultimate team.
In Ultimate Team, you will take on the challenge of building the best football team with the world’s top stars. You will manage one or multiple squads simultaneously, and complete against other gamers in dynamically updated online tournaments.
“FIFA 10 Ultimate Team adds a lot more authenticity to a unique game that will update with new challenges and content over time,” said Producer Paul Hossack. “We now have over 7,000 players from 27 leagues available, from which gamers will craft one or multiple squads to show their mastery of the revamped, more realistic chemistry system, and compete in tournaments with exciting requirements and rewards. On top of that, we’ll release new tournaments and other updates regularly to keep the experience fresh and exciting.”
Ultimate Team is intended to emulate the way real-world coaches and managers build the truly great football teams. You can buy, sell, trade and acquire the biggest stars to build your team.
This new game mode will be available on the PlayStation Network and Xbox LIVE in February, 2010. It will cost $4.99 USD.