EA has said that one of the reasons sales were up compared to last year was the introduction of the new story mode, The Journey, which nearly 2/3 of all FIFA 17 players, spanning 183 countries, have engaged in. As a result the publisher says that The Journey has helped bring 20% more players into FIFA 17 during its first week than FIFA 16 managed.
The Journey has proved to be extremely popular with over 178,000 matches being played per hour between September 24th and October 24th on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, equalling more than 124 million matches played in total for that time period. During the course of that month, 164 million goals were scored by players in more than 180 countries. That’s some pretty impressive stats.
Revenue generated through another of FIFA‘s popular game modes, Ultimate Team, has seen an increase of 23% year-on-year making it an extremely profitable game mode for EA. Over 366 million matches have been played in Ultimate Team in FIFA 17 across all platforms.