The franchise has had its fair share of ups and downs, but there's no doubt it's one of the most successful in industry history.
According to Videogamer , EA has just revealed that the revered and immensely popular Need for Speed series has topped 100 million units sold worldwide to date. It was the latest release – Need for Speed: SHIFT – that allowed the franchise to hit this lofty plateau and overall, these titles have brought in over $2.7 billion in sales. Said EA Games president Frank Gibeau:
"Few video game franchises ever reach the 100M units mark, so this is a huge honour. We have millions of fans to thank for driving us to this milestone. With the launch of Need for Speed Shift and the upcoming release of Need for Speed Nitro, we hope to continue to deliver the most entertaining, action-packed racing experiences."
We saw the first Need for Speed way back in 1994 and since then, gamers have enjoyed 15 total entries on 14 different platforms; the titles have been released in 22 languages in over 60 countries, and for ridiculous numbers, players have raced over 279 billion miles of roads and race tracks (have no idea how EA knows this), and there have been 17 trillion user-generated vehicle customizations. …that sounds like one of those made-up numbers NASA likes to use. Over the years, the series has also locked down some major star power; the likes of Brooke Burke, Christina Milian, Maggie Q, Kanye West, Emmanuelle Vaugier, and Josie Maran have all been involved with NFS at some point.
Wait, wait, there's one more funny one: if you laid out all the NFS boxes that were sold, that line of copies would stretch across 173,609 football fields. That's just plain amusing.