FIFA 14, the follow-up to the best-selling sports game of all time, has launched in the UK today.
Last year FIFA 13 sold more than one million units in 24 hours – and some 4.5 million in its first five days on sale.
And FIFA 14 is expected to continue the series’ popularity, with some UK stores including GAME and Tesco branches opening at midnight across the country to please eager fans.
Some top footballers, however, including Premier League players such as Rio Ferdinand, are worried about their in-game stats. Today is the day many discover how good their virtual selves are.
A spokesman for EA Sports said: “Players love to play as themselves, so their ratings are important. Whenever we speak to players the first thing they ask is: ‘What are my stats like?’
“We’ve even had Rio Ferdinand tweet us in the past complaining about his pace stats and that we’d made him too slow.”
Rio Ferdinand said last year: "@EASPORTSFIFA before it goes LIVE at 6pm my Pace better have been upped to the rightful 70’s!!"
The title is available for games consoles including Xbox 360, PS3, 3DS, Vita, Wii as well as PC. It will also arrive on PS4 and Xbox One.