Electronic Arts Launches FIFA Soccer 13

[Techtaffy Newsdesk]

Electronic Arts (EA) has launched the next version of its popular soccer game FIFA Soccer 13 in retail stores. The game is also available as a digital download.

More than 1 million games have been pre-ordered worldwide, says EA,while over 4.6 million fans in 123 countries—the most ever for an EA SPORTS game— have played the demo version, marking a  42 percent increase year-over-year in demo users worldwide. In North America, over 875,000 fans have played the demo, driven largely by 294,000 first-time FIFA Soccer fans in the United States.

The videogame, currently available in North America, will release to the rest of the world beginning September 28.

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