Although it had previously been announced, EA has finally confirmed the details of their FIFA franchise world cup offering this year with the very official and perhaps overly descriptive title, EA SPORTS 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.
The announcement was accompanied by a short video, which is essentially a voice over without featuring any gameplay, but it does confirm the release date. Unfortunately, EA has also made it clear during the announcement that only current-gen consoles will be supported, and the game will be published on a retail disc. There are currently no plans for Xbox One support.
Along with the video, we do have some initial screenshots for the title featuring a couple of the teams with some clearly recognizable stars of the sport, the practice arena, and one of the featured stadiums filmed from above.
Even though the game is only being released on current-gen consoles, EA is promising many new additional features, including over 100 new animations that were not included in the Xbox 360 version of FIFA 14.
Additionally, the game will also include many other new features:
World Class Control – all-new control system which includes additional dribbles and flicks. New passing animations, including both ground and outside of the foot curling passes, will open the door to more attacking options.Along with the new features, the title will also include a number of new game modes
Set Piece Tactics – Use the D-pad to command your teammates and strike fear from set pieces and corners.
New Penalty Kicks – New save animations and shot tuning puts players in control of their nation's fate. Keepers can throw off kick-takers by performing different animations including wobbly-knees, matador, and shoot-it-there points.
Over-the-Back Headers – Now defenders can leap over attacking players to clear the ball to safety.
Adidas Ball Physics – We’ve partnered with the official football supplier of the FIFA World Cup to ensure the Brazuca and other adidas footballs behave as they would in the real world.
Road to the FIFA World Cup – The most immersive tournament mode in EA SPORTS FIFA history. Choose from any of the 203 National Teams sanctioned by FIFA and play with up to 32 players locally through the qualifying rounds, and proceed on to the group stage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™.As usual, all this will be wrapped up with the polish and style that we have come to expect from the FIFA franchise. Visually, there will be an extra patriotic presentation including national banners and flags, and fans cheering from home with all new crowd rendering that brings the World Cup atmosphere alive. The audio will also be given an overhaul with the inclusion of EA SPORTS Talk Radio that will provide dynamic tournament updates from a number of ESPN talents, delivering over 50 hours’ worth of recorded audio that adapt to your own FIFA World Cup Experience
Road to Rio de Janeiro – Compete online with any of the 203 National Teams and progress across a map of Brazil's 12 host cities. Win the final and hoist the FIFA World Cup Trophy at Estadio do Maracana in Rio.
Captain your Country – The popular FIFA game mode returns. Work your way through the squad list and lead your country through qualifying and to FIFA World Cup glory.
Story of Qualifying – Over 60 real scenarios taken directly from 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying. Relieve, recreate and/or change the outcome of some the best matches.
Additional Modes include 2014 FIFA World Cup, Kick Off, Skill Games, Online Friendlies, EA SPORTS Football Club
The game promises to include 203 nations, 7,469 players, 19 officially licensed managers, 21 stadiums, including all 12 authentic stadiums in Brazil, and over 15 hours of added in-game commentary. All-in-all, it's looking and sounding pretty good.
Finally, just to add a little extra incentive for the fans, EA has also revealed some of the pre-order bonuses that will be available throughout different regions. The initial two that have been announced include the FIFA World Cup All-Star Team, featuring 26 of the world's best players, and the World Cup Football Bundle, which features five classic balls from previous tournaments. EA has stated that there will be other pre-order bonuses and these are likely to vary between regions.
2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil will be kicking off on the Xbox 360 on April 15th, in North America, and April 17th, in Europe.
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