FIFA 22 celebrated its release last week and it marked one of the biggest launches of the year for not only EA but for console makers too. The football game sells like hotcakes and its partnership with Sony PlayStation helps drive hardware sales across the board. However, FIFA 22 showed a massive slump in retail boxed sales in comparison to FIFA 21. According to GfK, sales for the game at retail were down by more than 35% compared to FIFA 21.
Keep in mind that FIFA 21 also saw quite a substantial drop in boxed sales at launch. Compared to FIFA 20, boxed sales were down by more than 42%.
This doesn’t mean FIFA 22 is selling badly. In fact, given its positive reviews, the game might actually perform better than its predecessor. However, the sales dip shows that gamers are moving away from boxed copies more than ever before. Especially when it comes to annual releases that are “games as a service” related. FIFA and Call of Duty being two franchises that are expected to drop significantly in boxed sales this year.
When it comes to the platforms, 41% of FIFA 22 sales were on PS4, 27% on Xbox One, 23% on PS5, 5 % on Switch and 4% on Xbox Series X/S. FIFA 22 has also entered the UK game charts at No.1 knocking Mario Kart 8: Deluxe off of the top spot. Sony also had quite a big week in retail last week due to new PS5 consoles entering the market. Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart and Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut all saw a huge sales spike due to this.
FIFA 22 is available now on all supporting platforms. Make sure you check out our review of the game below and read it here.