Whilst box art may not be a huge thing among gamers, the announcement of who will grace the cover of the next iteration of EA Sport's yearly football Franchise FIFA
has always been a talking point, and this year may be more of a talking point than most.
Gracing the cover for the seventh year running is Wayne Rooney, the legendary Manchester United striker. Quite surprisingly, his cover co-star, is Arsenal's young starlet Jack Wilshere. The duo will be gracing the covers in the UK, Ireland, Scandinavia and Middle East.
EA Sports have really pushed the boat out this year, recruiting some of the worlds greatest players to help launch the game in late September. Even for those with not much footballing knowledge, the names Rooney, Kaka, Wilshere, Mexès, Piqué and Alonso are sure to ring some bells.
EA Sport's Vice President and GM of Football Matt Bilbey said of the lineup:
This is an iconic group of footballers who all passionately play our game, and we are excited to have them speak to fans around the world about their own personal experiences playing the best sports game on the planet. With all the accolades FIFA 12 has received so far we are confident we have the most authentic and highest quality game we have ever created, and these superstars will play an integral role in sharing their excitement for its highly anticipated launch.
There was no surprise that Wayne Rooney was gracing the cover once more, after another highly succesful season with Manchester United. Not only did he win the Premier League title, he also took home the coveted PFA Players’ and Fans’ Player Of The Year 2009-10 awards.
But what of Jack Wilshere? There is no denying that the youngster is seen as the future of English football after his PFA Young Player of the Year award, but his overall accomplishments to date have ensured that internet forums the world over are unsure as to his inclusion on the cover. The general concensus seems to be that other, more developed stars were more deserving of the role.FIFA 12
is due to launch on September 27th in North America, and September 30th in Europe.