The new FIFA 17 The Journey mode had a lot of people excited about its release last month.
And now, after a month of being on the shelves, it has been announced that FIFA 17 The Journey was played at a rate of more than 178,000 matches per hour from September 24, 2016 to October 24, 2016 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.
That equates to an incredible 124million matches in that month, with Alex Hunter scoring more than 164million goals (not even Marcus Rashford can do that!) over the course of those matches.
The Journey inspires fans to live their story on and off the pitch as Alex Hunter, the Premier League’s next rising star. Alex’s story is impacted by performance in matches and decisions made by fans off of the pitch, like selecting which of the twenty Premier League clubs Alex signs with to begin his professional career.
Unsurprisingly, with a record 20 League titles, Manchester United has been the fan favourite with 18% of players selecting the Red Devils. Liverpool FC (11%), Leicester City Football Club (11%), Arsenal (10%), and West Ham United (8%) round out the top five. No matter the club, there’s been no shortage of silverware for Alex Hunter, with fans winning more than 560,000 Premier League titles (beat that, Sir Alex!) and more than 1million FA Cup titles.
“It’s absolutely incredible to see the number of people engaging with The Journey,” said Adetomiwa Edun, the lead actor who plays Alex Hunter.
“The social media response has been phenomenal – to have fans shouting out for Alex during big football matches has been surreal – I can’t wait to see where Alex’s journey leads next.”
The Journey helped to engage 20% more players in FIFA 17 in its first week than FIFA 16 did in the same timeframe last year, and other modes are also seeing high engagement.
See the infographic below for more interesting stats about Alex Hunter’s journey so far…