Like soccer? Or, as the “everyone except us Americans” calls it, football? If so, then you’re probably a fan of EA’s FIFA franchise, which is easily the most successful soccer video game series ever made, mostly because it’s got basically no competition. The newest version of the game, FIFA 14, will sport Ultimate Team Mode, and, according to Twitter, you’ll soon have the chance to play around with it on the web.
The Ultimate Team Web App will launch on September 15, giving gamers the opportunity to work on their favorite squads a little over a week before the game launches in North America on September 24:
— EA SPORTS FIFA (@EASPORTSFIFA) August 23, 2013
Ultimate Team mode will be on the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 versions of FIFA 14, not to mention the PS4 and Xbox One when those consoles launch later this year. As a post on Polygon points out, however, FIFA 14 on PlayStation Vita will be the only version of the game not sporting the Ultimate Team mode. And speaking of PlayStation Vita…
The other day Eurogamer reported that the Vita version will hardly be a new game at all—in fact, it’ll be more or less the same game that came out at the time of the handheld’s launch two years ago.
EA Sports’ David Rutter was asked about the title at Gamescom, and here was his response:
“There will be a Vita version, and it’ll be the same great gameplay.”
Same great gameplay? Does that mean it’s the same game that was once FIFA 12, and reskinned a year ago to become FIFA 13?
“It’s the same great gameplay and new kits.”
For those who don’t speak “British,” that means “new clothes,” meaning “new jerseys.” And that sucks a ton, huh? So if you were hoping for a full-on new game, you should probably skip the Vita version. In fact, why not just find FIFA 12 from launch and buy that? It’ll be less expensive, and functionally the exact same game. Lamesauce.
Oh, and let’s not forget: if you’re in Europe, and you pre-order an Xbox One, you’ll get a copy of FIFA 14 for free, so let that inspire your buying choices this fall.
And thus concludes your Friday FIFA Update.