EA Feign Surprise
We all know FIFA 12 was a phenomenal if expected success for EA, shifting over 3.2 million units in its first week on sale. It wasn't always the case that FIFA would sell so well, as Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer once ruled the roost. Once. In this week's charts, PES 2012 debuted in fifth, a very disappointing position for the new release which couldn't even compete with FIFA 12 despite its plummet in sales. And according to a pretty chuffed EA, their take on the beautiful game outsold Konami's by 25 to 1.
"When you look at Pro Evolution Soccer versus FIFA, only five years ago in the UK PES was outselling FIFA," EA's Europe VP Keith Ramsdale told GamerZines. A lot has changed in half a decade. "On its first weekend like-for-like we've just outsold PES by 25 times," Ramsdale reveals, probably with a grin so wide it'd impress the Cheshire Cat.
"It's unbelievable," he went on to explain. Even though it's not, really. FIFA's dominance had been assured from 09, where PES' sales sagged so far behind and the divide in quality suddenly shifted sides so suddenly. FIFA 12 raked in colossal numbers, but we knew this. PES disappointing sales, however, were a little more surprising. "That's a sign of the momentum and the fanbase and community behind FIFA, and let's be clear, an absolutely kick-arse game."
We've contacted Konami for their take on the matter. It'll be interesting to see how PES 2012's numbers stack up next to FIFA's on the worldwide scale, where in the likes of Japan and Europe the competition is far more fierce. [GamerZines]