Usually one of the most popular game launches of the year, FIFA 21 has seemingly dropped its physical sales by more than 42% than last year’s release. This is based solely on the game’s physical sales, digital sales will be announced later in the week. However, even after this drop in sales, FIFA 21 still sustains its title of the biggest opening weekend of the 2021 games (so far). It is quite early to make a conclusion, but there are still a few clear reasons as to why the game’s physical sales have dropped. Let’s take a closer look at the details of the reasons for the drop in FIFA 21 physical sales.
1. Next-Gen Console Compatibility
The console gaming community is slowly nearing the release of the next generation of gaming consoles. This will see new consoles from both PS and Xbox. Obviously, the game disks from PS4 will not be compatible with game disks on PS5, this is also the same situation with the new Xbox console. This means that any people looking to upgrade to the next level on their console will find that a physical copy of FIFA 21 is practically useless. Purchasing a digital copy is of course the better option for these people.
2. Popularity of physical games as a whole
Statistics show that the popularity of physical games are gradually descending, while digital sales are rising. Many people will be looking to shift to digital downloads as the benefits of these games can be more appealing to players. With FIFA 21, it has been revealed that the physical sales have dropped, it is not yet known if the digital sales have changed from last year. However, it is likely that the digital sales are still quite high if not higher than that of FIFa 20’s opening weekend.
3. The overall quality of FIFA 21
The final reason is something that has been talked about for many years. Each year, a large part of the FIFA community talk about dropping their commitment to FIFA, while some actually do, others do not. Somehow, EA has players coming back to the game every year. However, could this be the year where a lot of players actually avoid FIFA?
The physical sales have dropped greatly from last year, could this be a symbol of FIFA’s descend on the popularity scale. This will be revealed later this week when FIFA 21’s digital sales are revealed. Then, we will found out if the overall sales have actually dropped or if it is just the physical sales seeing a decline.
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