EA Sports has done a fantastic job of delivering one of the most immersive, authentic football experiences in the world, and with this year’s FIFA 16, EA Sports is taking a major step forward. Yesterday, EA Sports revealed FIFA 16 will mark the first time in the series’ history where players can play as women.
EA Sports said there will be up to 12 Women’s National Teams playable at launch, which will be Sept. 22. The 12 National Teams in FIFA 16 will be Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Sweden and of course, the United States of America. FIFA 16 will launch on the PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360.
The 12 Women’s National Teams that will be in FIFA 16 are said to be playable in “several” game modes like “Kick Off, an Offline Tournament, [and] Online Friendly Matches.” David Rutter, who is the VP and GM of EA SPORTS FIFA, talked about the essential addition of bringing women players into FIFA 16.
“Bringing some of the best women’s players and teams in the world to our franchise is a massive event for EA SPORTS, and we are equally excited about bringing millions of fans a new way to play.
“We’re making sure fans get an authentic experience when playing with Women’s National Teams thanks to our innovative player capture and reference tools, as well as the sophisticated gameplay platform which we will continue to innovate on in FIFA 16,” Rutter said.
This has been long overdue for women to be playable in a FIFA game, so it’s nice to see it is actually happening. EA Sports has gone to great lengths to ensure authenticity and realism are brought with this year’s inclusion of playable women players.
“All new player movement” was captured at EA Canada in order to ensure the most precise movements are in FIFA 16. Players they brought into the studio to capture movements from were Sydney Leroux, Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe. United States Women’s National Team’s Abby Wambach talked about the work she did for FIFA 16.
“I honestly can’t believe all of the science and technology behind the game itself, let alone getting us into the motion capture suits and eventually into the game. We’re all excited to see ourselves in the game, but even more excited to see the reaction from all of the fans, including the fans of our team that maybe wouldn’t be expecting something like this from EA SPORTS,” Wambach said.
This year’s FIFA 16 will be the most complete game we’ve seen from the franchise yet. The game will launch on PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360 on Sept. 22.