EA Sports Confirms Next-Gen FIFA World Cup Title as Digital Revenues Soar to $145m
Written Wednesday, October 30, 2013 By Lee BradleyView author's profile
EA Sports is developing a FIFA World Cup title, Electronic Arts has confirmed.
The game was mentioned during last night’s EA investor call by CEO Andrew Wilson and CFO Blake Jorgensen, suggesting that perhaps the company will not go down the route of releasing the content as an expansion, like it did for FIFA 12 with UEFA Euro 2012.
"In the last 2 weeks, you've also seen several announcements about our product slate for the remainder of this year and into FY '15," said Wilson. "We are refining our focus on our biggest brands and great new IP in development, including The Sims 4, EA SPORTS UFC, FIFA World Cup and Dragon Age: Inquisition."
The investor call also revealed that FIFA generated $145 million in net revenue from digital sales during the six months between April and September, a 25 per cent rise over the same period last year.
The rise is being put down to the popularity of FIFA’s Ultimate Team mode. "On a year-to-date basis, FIFA Ultimate Team, NCAA Football Ultimate Team, Madden NFL Ultimate Team and NHL Hockey Ultimate Team each grew year over year and drove digital net revenue growth," said EA.
Despite this, however, EA still recorded an overall loss of $273 million for the period.
You can read our preview of next-gen FIFA 14 here. The game is out at launch for Xbox One.