FIFA 11 recorded the biggest opening week for a sports game in history, according to publisher Electronic Arts.
The game sold over 2.6 million copies and generated in excess of $150 million at retail in Europe and North America between its release on September 28 and October 2, based on internal estimates.
Sell-through is estimated to be up 29 per cent over FIFA 10's launch, with the new game off to a series best start in markets including the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and North America.
October 1-2 - the first two days after FIFA 11 launched in Europe - was the busiest two-day period for online gaming in EA Sports history, with fans registering more than 18.6 million online game sessions overall, including more than 11.3 million of FIFA 11, EA said.
"We're thrilled at how fans embraced FIFA 11 last weekend, and we are excited to be able to offer one of our most popular game modes - FIFA 11 Ultimate Team - for free this November," said EA Sports president Peter Moore.
"This is a landmark achievement for EA Sports - we've shattered sales records at retail, critics are praising FIFA 11 as being one of the most authentic and innovative titles ever, and fans are connecting and competing with other gamers around the world and have logged a record number of online connected game sessions."
Check out CVG's glowing FIFA 11 review.