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Need for Speed reboot sold 417k in US during November

Hot Pursuit performs well but boxed EA sales drop 25% year-on-year

Electronic Arts' reboot of the Need for Speed series, Hot Pursuit, sold 417,000 units in the US during November.

The title was developed by Burnout team Criterion and received very positive praise when released in the middle of last month - NPD data shows the game was the seventh best seller during a month dominated by Call of Duty: Black Ops.

But according to analyst firm Cowan & Company, the strong performance of Hot Pursuit wasn't enough to lift boxed sales across Electronic Arts during November, with total sales down 25 per cent for the publisher.

Activision Blizzard sales were up 14 per cent on the same period last year, Take-Two up 2 per cent and THQ up 29 per cent, with uDraw selling 190,000 units in November.

Overall software sales in the US were up 3 per cent during November, helping to reverse a seven month slump in the region.

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Latest comments (3)

Terence Gage Freelance writer 5 years ago
Just as a side note, for anyone in the UK interested in NFS: Hot Pursuit, Gameplay are selling the vanilla and limited editions on PS360 for 23 at the moment. An utter bargain.

I enjoyed the demo and have been very impressed by the reviews, but I'm terrible at 'completing' racing games so am trying to resist buying it until I've finished either Burnout Paradise or MotorStorm: PR.
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Nick Ferguson Sr. Business Development Manager, Amazon5 years ago
I love NFS Hot Pursuit. It has deposed NFS Hot Pursuit 2 on PS2 as my favourite NFS game.
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Olivier Leonardi Art director, Splash Damage5 years ago
I really recommend this game, presentation is stunning, game modes are fun and the 2 career modes are different enough to keep you hooked for hours. A beautifully crafted game. Kudos to criterion on this one
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