EA has announced that EA Sports FC 24, the first game in its long-running soccer series to ditch the FIFA name, hit a pretty impressive player count during its launch week.
According to an EA press release, EA Sports FC 24 managed to reach 11.3 million players during its first week on launch, which isn't too surprising considering its dominance over the UK boxed sales charts last week.
Still, it'll come as another comfort to EA, who must have been at least a little bit worried that the lack of the FIFA name might hurt the game's performance.
That figure seemingly includes players who picked the game up at retail and those who downloaded it, as well as EA Play subscribers who checked the game out via that service's early access trial perk.
As well as EA Sports FC 24's impressive numbers, EA also announced that 2.2 million people downloaded EA Sports FC Mobile on its launch day.
Since its launch, that number has jumped to over 11.2 million, so the soccer franchise is going strong on mobile devices as well. Of course, it helps that EA Sports FC Mobile is free to play, but them's still some good numbers.
If you missed out on the EA Sports FC saga, EA announced that the long-running FIFA series would change its name to EA Sports FC back in May 2022, with FIFA 23 being the final FIFA game developed by EA.
The reason has never technically been officially disclosed by EA, but prior to the official announcement, rumors swirled that FIFA was asking for an exorbitant license fee from EA, prompting the studio to go it alone, so to speak.
EA Sports FC 24 is the first EA soccer game to bear the new name, but it seems the licensing issue extends to past games too, as EA recently removed the entire FIFA series, including FIFA 23, from digital storefronts.
You can pick up EA Sports FC 24 right now on PC, PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch.