The physical sales of EA SPORTS FC 24 at launch are down 30% compared to FIFA 23 in the UK. However, FC 24 is still the second best-selling video game on the UK market.
Following the rebranding of the franchise, Electronic Arts saw the launch sales of its new football simulator down 30% compared to its predecessor, FIFA 23, according to head of GamesIndustry.biz, Christopher Dring.
Physical launch sales of EA Sports FC in the UK are down 30% over last year’s FIFA 23. EA had expected some short-term impact as a result of the rebrand
— Christopher Dring (@Chris_Dring) October 1, 2023
The same source reported that the debut title from the freshly rebranded football series outperformed Hogwarts Legacy in physical sales, yet couldn’t surpass The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.
Interestingly, the Nintendo Switch version observed a slight increase in sales, marking an exception in this downward trend. The distribution of sales across platforms was led by PS5 with 53%, followed by Xbox Series X/S, PS4, and Switch with 20%, 17%, and 9% respectively.
The uplift in sales for the Nintendo Switch version of FC 24 could likely be attributed to this being the first entry on the platform since 2019 with a significant upgrade thanks to the introduction of the Frostbite Engine, which might have made it more appealing to Switch gamers.