“The obvious objective of video games is to entertain people by surprising them with new experiences” said Shigeru Miyamoto, Japanese game designer and creator of classics such as Mario, Donkey Kong, and The Legend of Zelda. EA Sports has taken Miyamoto’s wisdom to heart as they have developed FIFA 17, the latest installment of the popular video soccer game. Andrew Wilson, FIFA CEO, promised in a press conference last month that FIFA 17 would be “a major step forward in personalisation, immersion and competition.” Though the game maker has kept most of the details secret, several interesting facts about FIFA 17 have leaked out in the past few months. The following are highlights of some of these latest leaks and speculations.
March: Norway’s Women Are In
Last year FIFA 16 made history with the first time inclusion of women’s teams which generated much excitement. This buzz has continued this year when it was rumored that FIFA 17 would add the Norwegian Women’s team. This has been one of the most successful national teams in women’s competition as former European, World Cup, and Olympic champions. Word leaked out that the team will be included in FIFA 17 when Andrine Stolsmo Hegerberg Norway’s midfielder posted an Instagram picture of a photo session with the game developers followed with the hashtags “#fifa17.”
Also making FIFA 17 headlines in March was much online speculation about who would be the male player featured on the game’s cover. Lionel Messi of Barcelona has been the “Mr. FIFA” for the last four game editions beginning in 2013. But a couple of developments have fueled speculation that a new athlete will be featured on the upcoming FIFA 17 cover. First, Messi’s contract with EA sports expires this year. Also, the outstanding play of Madrid’s James Rodriguez and Jamie Vardy from Leicester City, the surprise champions in 2015, make them both contenders for the new game’s cover.
April: Release Date Speculations
In April speculation about the early release FIFA 17 demo made news online. Gamers are hopeful that EA sports will follow last year’s example, when they released the early version in September 2 weeks before the actual release date of the game. The release was actually not a beta or demo version, but FIFA 16 real version with some restrictions. It was limited to Xbox1 users, and gamers could only have 10 hours of play. Later in the spring, speculation fueled hopes that FIFA 17 would be previewed at the annual Electronics Entertainment Expo(commonly called “E3”) in Los Angeles June 14-16. This is an industry-insiders-only convention to promote upcoming games. Gamer experts took special notice when EA announced it would host its own convention in LA just two days before lasting from June 12-14, with a press conference set for June 12. It will be held at Club Nokia@LA in downtown Los Angeles and will include opportunities for play of demo versions of upcoming games, though it has not been officially announced that FIFA 17 will be one of those games. Fans hope that demo or beta versions will be unveiled at that event, which will be mirrored in a sister EA convention in London at the same time.
Also, much discussion took place in April among the online fan blogs about the release date of the actual full game as the wait entered the final six month countdown. Believed to have been in development since 2015, FIFA 17 will be released sometime in September 2016 most industry experts forecast. Traditionally, the previous versions have hit the market toward the end of September, usually after the 20th of the month. James MacArthur, writer for the fan website “FIFA 17,” analyzed the release dates of the previous last five years and made a prediction in April. He writes, “Considering the release dates in the US only, we expect FIFA 17 release date to be September 23, 2016.”
May: Will Jiangsu And San Marino Make The Cut?
With just one month to go before the Los Angeles EA convention, FIFA 17 excitement centered around which teams and leagues would be included. Online polls of fan favorites for new leagues to be added to the upcoming FIFA 17 may influence EA to consider some new additions like what they have done in the past. Currently, voting has made the Israeli Premier League and Turkish second tier league the fan’s first and second choices respectively. The third choice is Germanys’s third tier league. New teams expected to be added to the 650 teams from FIFA 16 are the Glasgow Rangers, Jiangsu Suning, and perhaps even San Marino. Glasgow had been dropped from the team list in FIFA 16 due to a contract dispute. Jiangsu, a leading team in the Chinese Super League, is making a major bid to be in FIFA 17 mainly because of superstar Alex Teixeira’s addition to their roster with a $50 million contract. San Marino’s hopes for inclusion rest not on their record, which is dismal, but to a fan petition demanding the small nation’s team be added to FIFA 17.
June: Ignite Is Out, Frostbite In
While the gaming world waited for a explosion of game news with the advent of the EA and E3 conventions in mid June, early June news of FIFA 17 still continued to leak out. Leading those stories was the change of engines for the upcoming edition. Previous FIFA versions had used the Ignite engine as its technological platform, but FIFA 17 will move to the Frostbite engine. Created by DICE, the team that brought Battlefront to life, Frostbite has powered such games as Star Wars Battlefront and Need For Speed. Also creating buzz among fans was the disappointing speculation that a street version would not be part of the FIFA 17 game. Some gamers had hoped this is what CEO Wilson’s “great leap forward” was referring to, but insiders seemed to dash that hope when they pointed out in June a street mode would go counter to EA’s FIFA philosophy–develop a game that offered realism.
While it is difficult to separate fact from fiction from fan speculation in the world of FIFA 17 news, one fact seems certain. Excitement and anticipation will continue to mount until the game’s release this September.
July: Marco Reus on the Cover, Release Date Confirmed, And New Career Mode
With the big title from EA Sports comes FIFA 17 and the cover star? Borussa Dortmund’s footballer Marco Reus. It was an honor to be on the cover, Reus said, to be on what is an exclusive group of football players that join the ranks as FIFA cover players. The news came as over 3 million fans pitched their vote, and Reus came out on top. The other top pics included James Rodrigues, Anthony Martial, and Eden Hazard.
The release date has finally been announced and is scheduled for September 27 in the US and September 29 for the rest of the world. Interesting, since it was developed by EA Canada.
But the release has some new content that is sure to grab the attention of the fan base. While it still contains the necessary play modes such as Ultimate Team, the game is introducing an additional type of career mode termed “The Journey”. In this mode, you begin as an up and coming Premier League recruitment. The mode is filled with intense cut-scenes and cinematic to make it more involved than just the standard career mode.
In The Journey mode you’re in control of a single player, and begin by signing for your choice of 20 English Premier League teams. A story line drives the backbone of The Journey’s path, as you, Alex Hunter, and your best friend Gareth Walker see rivalry and friendship to the all stars. It’s not quite clear if the storyline is dynamic, but it’s known that you’re able to choose options in conversation – i.e. you select how to respond to coaches, the media, and your team.
The game boasts a new physics engine and that puts the graphics in top ranking. But, as with all sports games, the end result is how the game actually feels to play. There have been some major improvements to game play with the addition of adjusting run-up and delivery angle to free-kicks and throw-ins and there are additional aiming cursors for accuracy and reliability.
The grounds you get to actually play are varied, but Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium is available as well as the new location that was officially confirmed is Suita City , the Football Stadium that is home to Gamba Osaka.
However, hands-down The Journey is the biggest addition to the game, and should add a unique, almost RPG-style element to the game, if you so choose to play it. If not, there is always the standard career mode. That, with the new physics engine and some additional physics and movement optimizations, this game should be best in class for the year.
You can pre-order the game as disc or download to receive multiple benefits in Ultimate Team mode, like Team-of-the-week loans.
Published by EA Sports, “FIFA 17” is set to be released for the PS 3, PS 4, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Android, and iOS. You can watch the official trailer below:
August: New Game Trailer, Mobile Application, Pro Clubs Improvement, and Transfer Budget Leaked
EA Sports has released a new trailer for FIFA 17 showing its great graphic developed by new Frostbite engine. Not only that, we can clearly see the player and manager change from last summer such as Jose Mourinho and Ibrahimovic in Manchester United, Kante in Chelsea, and more. In addition, new celebrations, moves, and other signings are also shown.
A new mobile application was released featuring a fresh approach to squad building, Attack Mode, and daily live content. Plus, a new online league is included in the mobile application as well allowing players all around the globe to have a competition together.
The online league mode allows individuals to join with their friends and others around the world to find out which one has the best football skills. A player can build their own team and create a bigger club here. Victory belongs to those who have a better power controlling the field, abilities to playing a game and having greater players. A themed token is rewarded in this application that can be used to redeem free packs and players.
The game is designed in an innovative Attack Mode, a built-in turn-based basis matches where one will only play their teams attacking chances in each half and then pass the game to their adversary. It is quick, easy, and suitable for all types of player.
EA Sports has also announced on their website regarding the Pro Clubs improvements by introducing a new system called Player Growth system. The new feature was pulled from earlier games which based upon fan feedback. EA Sports states that the game is designed to assist players in improving their gameplay level
The developer listened to supporters comment by providing a customizable Custom crests and Kits as well as improving player growth and indicating a match rating. EA has also included a trait option where a player selects from a variety of features to give them a room for growth. It will bring a new level of identity to the Pro Clubs Season
EA Sports released the new rating for hundreds of football players based on their performance in both league and cup last year. The players include Eden Hazard, Petr Cech, Phillip Lahm, Toni Cross, Marco Reus, and many more. They also released the top 50 players at the official site.
Budget for all 20 Premier League team have been leaked a month earlier than the official release date. Manchester United have the highest budget at the amount of £106,040,664 following by Manchester City (£100,981,972), Chelsea (£84,256,840), Arsenal (£76,501,448), and, surprisingly Stoke City (£68,928,672). Burnley have the least budget at £26,352,166 which is around £70m lower than Manchester United.