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EA reveals mixed numbers for Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit

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Fresh off the NPD Group's November 2010 report, EA has made public its sales results for arcade racing title Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit.

According to a report from GamesIndustry.biz, EA's critically acclaimed Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit sold 417,000 units in the U.S. during November 2010. The Criterion developed racing game was previously featured in HULIQ's regular "Week in Games" roundup and is currently earning high-80's Metacritic scores for its Xbox 360, PS3, and PC versions.

Compared to the 8.7 million units sold by Call of Duty: Black Ops in the same period, Hot Pursuit's sales seem mediocre but the game has performed one admirable feat: it outsold Sony's long-awaited Gran Turismo 5 in the month of November. Granted, it was available for nine more days than GT5, but Sony's racing simulator surely benefited from very strong pre-order sales. Moreover, racing titles typically have a longer "tail" to their sales curve than other titles considering their longer intervals between release dates and greater emphasis on offline content.

That said, it's worth noting that retailers such as Amazon.com are already cutting the game's price from $60 to $40, which is not a terribly good sign for a game that's been out for less than a month. According to HULIQ's own tracking data, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit most popular version (for the Xbox 360) is currently positioned around 25th in software SKUs - something rather poor for a AAA title with such a recent release date.

HULIQ will continue to monitor sales data for the title as it becomes available, but all indications point to Gran Turismo 5 overtaking Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit in next month's NPD report, despite the latter being multi-platform.

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