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FIFA 16 to feature female squads in a series first


In a rare bit of FIFA news that doesn’t come courtesy of the FBI, EA have announced that the venerable football series’ next iteration will be the first to incorporate female national teams. 12 mo-capped squads will appear in the game, including those of England, Australia, France, Brazil and the US.

Expect to see international-level players from China, Germany, Canada, Italy, Mexico, Spain and Sweden too.

“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 EA Sports boss David Rutter.

“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.”

Rutter and his team have fielded petitions for lady players for yonks. To meet demand, they rebuilt their animation rig for female proportions and flew their mo-cap specialists around the world to capture the facial features of top players. Everything from fundamental player movement to celebration animations has been comprehensively reworked.

Female teams will play each other in various modes - including Kick Off, online friendlies and offline tournaments.

It’s pretty cool to hear EA Sports’ tired marketing slogan, “It’s in the game”, repurposed as a genuinely heartening affirmation.

FIFA 16 comes to PC in September. Are you a fan of the 22-year-old digital ballsport?

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Aethelric Avatar
2 Years ago

People have complained for years that EA doesn't do enough to differentiate its yearly sports franchises. They add a pretty cool feature (even if it really didn't take much work).. and the response has been derision and even anger. Gamers never cease to amaze me.

Good on EA for making such a simple addition to FIFA.

yeye Avatar
2 Years ago

People who play FIFA religiously don't really care about a 12 new teams that can only play each other, (which is also a cop out, they should have just made the women's teams the worst teams in the game but able to play men) especially when EA is bragging about how much effort went into this. Effort that could have gone into other things. You say it didn't take much work but the article above states otherwise.

I play this game a couple of times per year and I will certainly play with women's teams at least once, but I question if this feature is bringing anything worthwhile to the people who buy this game year after year. 12 teams with long haired people that just play with themselves? Wow, great feature.

Tovias Avatar
2 Years ago

Last time I checked FIFA had bigger problems than the lack of women teams, maybe that's why people are upset. Adding more shit instead of fixing the already existing one.

huldu Avatar
2 Years ago

Soccer! and boobi... wait a minute...

am0eba Avatar
2 Years ago

To me this seems like a matter of course, I'm actually surprised it hasn't happened any sooner. Well done!

Empyre Avatar
2 Years ago

Boob physics though?