I’ve got some pretty amazing news to share for gamers and women that love sports. EA SPORTS has announced women will be playable in FIFA 16 (video game) for the first time in franchise history when the game launches later this year. The addition of women to FIFA 16 is the deepest integration of women in a sports videogame to date and one of the most requested features among EA SPORTSFIFA fans.
To capture the realism, intensity and passion of women’s soccer on the virtual field, USA Women’s National Team soccer stars Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan, Sydney Leroux and Megan Rapinoe participated in in-depth, motion-capture sessions as part of the game’s development.
Twelve Teams From Around the World Are In The Game:
EA SPORTS™ FIFA 16 will feature 12 Women’s National Teams for the first time in franchise history when it launches starting on September 22, 2015in North America. Women’s National Teams from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, and the United States of America will all represent their respective federations in several FIFA 16 game modes including Kick Off, an Offline Tournament, as well as Online* Friendly Matches. To see Women’s National Teams in the game, visithttp://easports.com/fifa/women and watch the trailer here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siVeBCaYeko.
“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,” said David Rutter, VP and GM, EA SPORTS FIFA. “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.”
From all new player movement and likeness, to realistic animations and attributes, the FIFA development team have authentically recreated 12 of the top-ranked teams in the world. Capturing all new player movement was done with meticulous detail and supported by a motion capture session at EA Canada with four top players from United States Women’s National Team: Sydney Leroux, Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan, and Megan Rapinoe. The players’ movements helped to build new locomotion for women in FIFA 16 including new walks, runs, sprints, and horizontal movement. Soccer Canada also visited EA to provide full-player references captured using the 360 degree body scanning rig – the references were then used to develop new player models. And the mobile headscanning unit travelled to a variety of tournaments and events around the world to capture facial features including hairstyles to ensure players look as realistic as possible in FIFA 16. Players in the game will look and move in game like they do on the pitch when representing their country.
For more information about EA SPORTSFIFA 16 visit www.easports.com/fifa or join the EA SPORTS community at http://www.facebook.com/easportsfifa. Follow EASports on Twitter @easportsfifa and use the hashtags #INTHEGAME and #FIFA16. The game is not yet rated by the ESRB.
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*Internet connection and Origin account required. Must be 13+ to create an account.
**Not all features available on all gaming platforms.
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