Twelve women’s national teams to feature in EA Sports’ FIFA 16

FIFA and official licensee Electronic Arts announced today that EA SPORTS™ FIFA 16 will feature 12 Women’s national football teams for the first time in the game’s history when it launches later this year.

The game which is due for North American release from 22 September 2015 onwards, will feature the women’s national squads of Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, and the United States of America. The women’s teams will represent their respective federations in several FIFA 16 game modes including Kick Off, an offline tournament, as well as Online* Friendly Matches.

The development team responsible for FIFA 16 meticulously researched player movement and likeness to authentically recreate 12 top women’s teams. Development was supported by a motion capture session at EA Canada with four top players from United States Women’s Team: Sydney Leroux, Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan, and Megan Rapinoe. In capturing the players’ gestures the FIFA 16 game will now feature new walks, runs, sprints and horizontal movements. Soccer Canada also visited EA to provide full-player references captured using 360 degree body scanning. A mobile head scanning unit travelled to a variety of tournaments and events around the world to capture player images and to ensure that the players in FIFA 16 look as realistic as possible.

“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.”

“I honestly can’t believe all of the science and technology behind the game itself, let alone getting us into the motion capture suits and eventually into the game,” said Abby Wambach, world record holder for international goals scored and Forward for the United States Women’s National Team. “We’re all excited to see ourselves in the game, but even more excited to see the reaction from all of the fans, including the fans of our team that maybe wouldn’t be expecting something like this from EA SPORTS.”

FIFA 16 with Women’s National Teams** will be available when the game launches on Origin™ for PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360®, PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems. The game is not yet rated by the ESRB.

EA To Include Additional Leagues To Game

As fans await the arrival of the highly anticipated FIFA 16 title, numerous reports have come up, teasing additional features that will likely make the game more exciting. Among the new things reportedly included in the upcoming iteration for the football simulated game is the arrival of new leagues from Brazil and Chile.

Spanish video game and tech website Niubie first reported the news. According to the site, some sources privy to the development of the EA Sports soccer game revealed that South American leagues will be added in the game.
The leagues confirmed are from Colombia, Argentina, Mexico and Chile.

Nuibie reached out to the Asociacion Nacional de Futbol Profesional or Chilean Football Federation to verify the news and a spokesperson from the governing body confirmed its inclusion in the upcoming title.

The insider also said that developers are trying to get permission from the Brazilian league and championship so it could be added into the new title.

In 2014, EA Sports informed its fans that the Brazilian players for domestic leagues will not be included as they “were unable to reach an agreement with the Brazilian rights holders for their inclusion in FIFA 15.”

At that time, Brazilian players in overseas leagues were the only ones included in the game as well as its National Team.

The site was able to obtain an internal document from EA Sports that includes the complete list of domestic leagues the firm is working on for FIFA 16. Among those included in the list are the Chinese Super League, Korea K League and the Jupiter Pro League.

EA Sports looked determined to increase the number of available leagues as rival Konami revs up its players and leagues for their popular Pro Evolution Soccer video game.

Full FIFA reported that aside from obtaining licenses from leagues to keep in step with Konami’s PES, EA is bent on having the UEFA Champions League permit as they are reportedly planning to create a standalone UEFA Euro title next.
With all these exciting rumors, fans need not wait much longer as it has been confirmed by EA Sports that FIFA 16 is arriving on consoles on September 22. The release date is for North America, while Europe except the United Kingdom will receive it on September 24.

‘FIFA 16’ to Roll Out to Video Game Retail Markets Starting September 22

Although game developer and publisher Electronic Arts (EA) has yet to confirm the release date for the latest iteration of its highly-successful football simulation video game “FIFA 16,” the FIFA Game News has already published its release dates on seven key regions of the world starting on September 22 as reported by the Day Herald.

FIFA Game News reported that “FIFA 16” would hit the North American market on September 22 before it gets to three different regions two days later. It will make it to the retail markets on September 24 in Australia, Europe, and Latin America except Brazil.

On September 25, it will roll out to the United Kingdom and a little over two weeks later or on October 8, it will hit the retail markets of Japan and Brazil.

Prices upon roll out

Accordingly, “FIFA 16” has a placeholder date of December 31, 2015 but it has been the tradition of EA to release “FIFA” video games in September so it seems that the release schedule posted by FIFA Game News may be on target.

EA would most likely make an announcement or official launching about the game anytime from June to August before officially making the video game available to the retail markets in September. The developer would most likely provide more details about “FIFA 16” despite of the fact that information about the upcoming football simulation video game have been very aplenty in the internet lately.

In terms of prices, it is reported that when it is released beginning in September, “FIFA 16” shall have a retail price of 60 Euros (approximately $68.34) for the PC, 70 Euros (approximately $79.73) for the current generation gaming consoles such as the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3, and 73 Euros (approximately $83.15) for the next generation gaming consoles Xbox One and the PlayStation 4.

Story mode for ‘FIFA 16’

It has been reported last week that the upcoming football simulation video game may see the addition of a story mode that lets players create a football character, take him through the process of training, and play his way up to the big football clubs.

The reported new feature on “FIFA 16” is actually similar to the MyPlayer mode in “NBA 2K15” and MyCareer mode in “WWE 2K15,” which makes the story mode really viable and plausible too.

Although the feature is far from confirmed since EA has yet to make a statement about a new story mode on the game, a recent listing for EA somehow suggests that the new element could be really in the works.

It is expected that “FIFA 16” would be better than “FIFA 15” which should always be the case for game development, especially if the game is a franchise or a series.

Although “FIFA 15” gave gamers a good experience with new timing and better team play, “FIFA 16” was already long in development even before “FIFA 15” was released to gaming consoles and the PC in September of last year. This means that the development team spent more time finetuning and perfecting the game based on gamer feedbacks from its predecessors including “FIFA 15.”

Peter Moore of EA disclosed that there are two phases to game development. The first one is the development of the core game itself where hundreds of people are said to have worked on the football simulation video game on a staggered development process.

With more than a year’s work on “FIFA 16,” and taking into account all the learnings that the EA development team has picked up from the release of the “FIFA 15,” it is likely that gamers will see much-improved features and gameplay for “FIFA 16″ not to mentioned the reported story mode.

FIFA 16 Rumored To Be Acquiring UEFA, NASL Licenses

Are you looking forward to FIFA 16? A series of rumors seem to imply that EA Sports is poised to wrest any remaining interest from PES onto itself.

There are rumors that EA wrested the UEFA license from Konami for this year. Of course, this isn’t all that unlikely, given that Konami seems to be switching gears and has yet to announce this year’s PES.

EA does already have the UEFA International Cup License, albeit untouched for some time. EA could take the licence in several directions, including adding them in the base game as Career Mode competitions, making UEFA DLC, or even a new and separate UEFA Euro 2016 game.

This other rumor would clinch FIFA’s domination as the solo soccer game in the planet, however. Apparently, EA was spotted in the middle of talks with the North American Soccer League, or the NASL. They may have been negotiating the entry of the NASL, as well as Major League Soccer, into FIFA.

If the rumors are true, it would be more of a boon to NASL than to EA, truthfully, as soccer continues to struggle to gain a foothold in the average American sports fan’s consciousness.

FIFA 15 EA Outlines Patch Notes for New Update 1.06; FIFA 16 Pre-Orders Available in Italy

Following the release of a new patch update for EA Sports’ simulation football video game, FIFA 15, the publisher has released patch notes for the update 1.06.

The new update was released on 11 May. This update promises several fixes that arose from its previous update. However, the new update will not be bringing any gameplay fixes.

But players facing issues in the FIFA Ultimate Team, will be happy to see fixes in this connection. EA has addressed issues relating to the transfer market search and players getting stuck in the tournament tree.

The update also brings stability to the game. Update 1.06 weighs 243 MB on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Xbox One. On PlayStation 4, it weighs 328.4 MB.

Below are the patch notes for FIFA 15’s update 1.06:

PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4

Improved security against coin farming
Fixed Transfer Market search functionality in FIFA Ultimate Team.
Added ability to reset tournament progress in FIFA Ultimate Team as a workaround for being stuck in a tournament tree.
Various stability fixes to improve the FIFA 15 experience.

Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3

Improved security against coin farming
Added Origin Login Verification
Fixed Transfer Market search functionality in FIFA Ultimate Team.
Added ability to reset tournament progress in FIFA Ultimate Team as a workaround for being stuck in a tournament tree.

Various stability fixes to improve the FIFA 15 experience.

FIFA 16 Pre Orders Available in Italy

Though EA Sports has not given out the details regarding its upcoming game, FIFA 16 is reportedly available for pre-ordering on Amazon Italy.

Since EA has not yet decided on the cover player for FIFA 16, the Amazon Italy site now only features a placeholder logo. Also, it also does not provide any new detail on the game. It says that the game will release for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

It was previously reported that FIFA 16 could also feature a story mode as indicated by the job listings page. EA was looking for “Narrative Designer”, indicating a story mode.

FIFA 16 is expected to release later this year; speculations point out to September 2015, though the placeholder date is 31 December, 2015.

FIFA 16 Release: 5 Things to Know Now

The FIFA 16 release date is not official, but as spring arrives and soccer fans head to stadiums to watch their favorite teams play our eyes turn to the FIFA 16 release date that is certainly coming later this year.

We know it is still early in 2015, but we want to share 5 things you need to know about the FIFA 16 release, including when the FIFA 16 release date might land and what you can expect from EA Sports this year.

It’s still early 2015 and FIFA 15 just arrived as part of the EA Access vault so you can play it and other games for a grand total of $30 a year, which means that the new FIFA is on the way.

You can count on a FIFA 16 trailer at E3, which is where EA announced FIFA 15 last year. E3 2015 starts in mid-June and by the end of this event we should know a lot more about the game.

Until this happens, we have rumors and speculation as well as small details that came out during the EA earnings call to help us understand what to expect from FIFA 16.

Although it is not the only soccer or futbol game for consoles and PC, FIFA 16 is the most recognized soccer game in the U.S.

Here is what you need to know about the EA Sports FIFA 16 release date and the game as it stands in early 2015.

FIFA 16 Release Date

e don’t know the specific FIFA 16 release date yet, but during the earnings call EA announced that the FIFA 16 release date will arrive in Fiscal Q2 2015.

That means the release date should land before the end of September. This makes sense with an E3 2015 announcement and lines up with previous releases. FIFA 15, FIFA 14 and FIFA 13 all arrived around September 23rd to September 25.

FIFA 16 Story Mode

FIFA 16 Story Mode

We might see the addition of a FIFA 16 story mode that lets players create a character and take them through the process of training and playing their way up to the big clubs.

Gameranx discovered a job listing for EA that suggests we could see a new mode that helps players connect with the game in new ways.

At this point it is far from confirmed, but with a My Player mode in NBA 2k15 and create a player modes in MLB The Show 15, we could see a player creation and story mode appear in FIFA 16.

FIFA 16 Might Be a Huge Upgrade

FIFA 16 Might Be a Huge Upgrade

FIFA 15 delivered a good experience with new timing and better team play, but the work for FIFA 16 started back in 2014 well before the FIFA 15 release arrived.

According to Peter Moore, “There are two phases to [development]. There’s the core game itself. We have several hundred people working on that and it’s a staggered development process, so there are already people working on FIFA 16.” This came from an interview with CVG in late 2014, as reported by Console Monster.

With a year of work on the game and rumors of a new story mode there is a chance that we will see a big jump in features and gameplay in FIFA 16.

FIFA 16 Beta & Playing Early

FIFA 16 Beta & Playing Early

Every year we hear from gamers who want to try to play early and there is certainly hope for a FIFA 16 beta this year.

Last year EA delivered a FIFA beta, even with the addition of EA Access for the Xbox One. We expect to see a similar move this year with EA Access delivering a 5-day early trial of the full FIFA 16 game and six hours of real game play. Hopefully this comes after a FIFA 16 beta release in early September.

EA plans to advertise EA Access this summer as part of the Xbox partnership and we expect that you will see playing FIFA 16 early listed as one of the benefits.

EA Access is only available on the Xbox One and it is $5 a month or $30 for a year. It includes access to a vault of full games and early access to EA titles as well as discounts on DLC and digital games.

FIFA 16 Consoles and PC

FIFA 16 Consoles and PC

Thanks to a FIFA 16 listing on Amazon Italy we know that the FIFA 16 release is coming to the Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. There is no mention of Wii or Wii U FIFA 16 releases.

Right now there is only a standard edition of the game listed, but we expect to see a special edition that incorporates FIFA Ultimate Team and other bonus items in the game.

We don’t know that the FIFA 16 cover will look like yet as EA will make a cover athlete announcement later this year.

FIFA 16 Preorders Live on Amazon Italy

If you are a FIFA fan, you will be definitely looking forward to seeing what FIFA 16 is going to bring you. However, we are a bit far from the release of the game. It only just started to take form in the news, let alone the markets.

One thing has come up though, the official website of Amazon Italy has already listed the game for preorders.

Not wait, this doesn’t mean we have everything from the boxart with an athlete to the release date and so on. This is just a listing for the preorders and the retailer has made sure not to let out any prominent details as yet.

If you check out this link you will be able to see that they have put up a placeholder image instead of the wouldbe box of the game and in the release date section they have mentioned December 31, 2015.

Anyone who has bought games off of the online retailers would know that such dates (especially when they are put up way before time like this one) are just placeholders. The date will be updated when Electronic Art decides to reveal it.

As far as the platforms is concerned, FIFA 16 is so far listed on Amazon Italy for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

However, FIFA games are known to be released on as many platforms as possible; FIFA 14 was released on PlayStation 2 at a time when all others stopped releasing games on it and FIFA 15 was released on almost all the platforms you can think of.

Keeping that in mind I think this listing for FIFA 16 is not giving us the complete list of platforms that the game will be released on.

FIFA 16 News: 4 Ways Price Range Update Ruined Ultimate Team

Has the controversial implementation of the FUT Price Range update ruined FIFA forever? Possibly the biggest change in FUT in recent times, the Price Range update rolled out in early March this year. The update placed min and max caps on every FUT card in the transfer market. EA incorporated this change to address illegal coin selling and price inflation in the market, but it has received mixed reviews.

As stated earlier, the price ranges affect every consumable, players, etc. Gone are the days of listing an in-form for a 150 coin start price, as even with new Team of the Week players there is an allocated price range. They have certainly had a big impact, although it certainly hasn’t been a seamless transition. Whilst Xbox users are enjoying lowering prices for the top players, Playstation and PC users are facing a number of problems of their own, some of which are arguably breaking the game.

There is still work needed to perfect the Price Range update. Inside this slideshow we take a look at four areas that the Price Range update are affecting FUT: Prices, Coin Sellers, Extinction of Players and Team of the Season release. There is still work needed to perfect.

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Prices Fall for Cards

The net effect of price ranges seems to be a positive one when it comes to player prices. Legend cards on the Xbox have fallen to become much more affordable. A legend like Michael Owen was going for over 1 million coins a month ago, but is now going for 400,000 coins.

Price ranges have made these higher tier players more attainable for the average player, who would previously find it very difficult to build up the millions of coins needed to try out a legend card or over a high rated regular card like Suarez or Ibrahimovic.

EA MUST CONTINUE TO BE PROACTIVE WITH UPDATING PRICE RANGES
EA are also updating price ranges, meaning that if a player isn’t selling for their lower value then the range will be adjusted down slightly so that people can sell their cards. They must continue to me proactive with these changes if price ranges are to be a success for a number of reasons.

Firstly it is a terrible situation for the casual FUT player to have to wait days for their star player to sell on the transfer market, with all their coins tied up in this one card. A system could well be implemented where if your card fails to sell at it’s minimum five times then EA could just buy the card.

The second aspect of continually updating the price ranges is to prevent a card from becoming extinct. There is nothing worse than seeing an in-form in the Team of the Week that you can afford but can’t find on the market.

coin sellers

Coin Sellers Lost their Job?

One of the main aims of price ranges was to make coil selling more difficult. Alongside this EA also removed club names from the transfer market and are clearly clamping down on coin farming in general. They see it as necessary for their own profits, but also they claim their want to make the game fairer.

Price ranges have made buying coins more difficult, as the process of buying an amount of coins in bulk is much more difficult. This can only be a positive thing for the future of FUT, as if it is implemented properly in Fifa 16 then player prices will be relatively normal.

THE DECISION TO BRING IN SUCH A DRASTIC CHANGE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE LIFE CYCLE OF A GAME REMAINS A QUESTIONABLE ONE
The decision to bring in such a drastic change in the middle of the life cycle of a game remains a questionable one, as people already on the game and therefore cannot do anything about the changes, even if they oppose them. However, it was necessary to do so in order to learn the lessons for future Fifa iterations.

Whilst I can understand the reason for people wanting to buy Fifa coins as they don’t have time to trade and build the coins legitimately, the result is inflation in the market which does ruin the game for the rest of the players and that can’t continue.

extinct players

Extinct Players after Price Range Update

This is a big, big issue when it comes to price ranges that doesn’t look close to being fixed. Players become extinct when demand exceeds supply and demand it often at it’s highest if a player is made to be very affordable relative to how good they are.

For example, the third in-form Yannick Bolasie was released a week ago. With 88 pace, 5 star skills and a central position change allowing him to be moved to a striker role, it was a card that many people wanted to try out. Add in the fact that he is in the EPL and his price could have settled around 200,000 coins before price ranges.

However EA undervalued his card and set price ranges of 40,000 to 60,000 coins. It meant that whenever anyone got him in a pack, they would most often keep him knowing that he would only fetch 60,000 coins on the market at most.

THE LIKES OF REGULAR COURTOIS AND NEUER ARE NOT ON THE PS MARKET
Holding onto him therefore decreases supply in the market, whilst demand stays the same. As a result the cards that do get listed at the maximum of 60,000 coins for third in-form Bolasie are bought instantly. If you wanted to try him you would need to patiently search until one appeared and buy now as quickly as possible.

Essentially his card was extinct for the whole week that he was in packs, so many people waited until EA updated his price range. However, their most recent update only moved his maximum price to 65,000 coins, which means he is still extinct on the market.

This is one specific example, but it can be seen happening a number of times with the popular in-forms and man of the match cards that have been released in recent weeks. The issue has gotten so bad on the Playstation market that even regular cards are extinct.

The likes of regular Thibaut Courtois and Manuel Neuer are not on the market, at all. In this case it has gotten to a point where the game is actually being ruined for the average player. Many would like to include Courtois in their EPL squad, but can’t, which is a poor show.

tots la liga

Crunch Time for TOTS

Team of the season is such a big time for EA and will define whether price ranges have been a success or a failure. They will have to set the price range for every blue TOTS card that is released and will be under intense scrutiny when it comes to choosing the best ranges.

Ultimate Team TOTS will begin to be released on the 29th April. The special blue cards represent big upgrades from the regular cards and therefore will likely demand a high price. It will be important for EA to avoid any of the TOTS players to be extinct.

I hope they release the importance of the TOTS release, as the Fifa community seem to be reserving judgement on price ranges until they have seen who is pans out. If the TOTS cards are affordable and more importantly available on the market, we could well be onto a winner.

Whilst users already owning Fifa 15 haven’t truly been able to express their opinions on price ranges in any meaningful way, come Fifa 16 they will have the biggest say of all. When the new game is released in the fall, the purchasing power of the consumers will be telling.

If the issues with price ranges aren’t ironed out in the coming weeks then EA can expect to lose a lot of their fan base to the ever improving Pro Evolution Soccer series that is enjoying a rise in popularity. The issues with FUT are no means an easy fix, but those paying for the game are entitled to expect better than what has happened this year.

Rumor: FIFA 16 Release Date Already Revealed

The release date for EA Sports’ FIFA 16 video game may have already been leaked out. A late September release is expected.

FIFA 16’s release date may have been revealed by FIFAGameNews. The website has a good track record because it successfully leaked out the actual release dates for FIFA 15 and FIFA 14 before EA Sports made the official announcement.

The FIFA fan website seems to know the release date for FIFA 16 already. As predicted, the game is expected to come out in late September.

The estimated release dates for FIFA 16 are as follows:

North America
September 22, 2015 (Tuesday)
Latin America
September 24, 2015 (Thursday)
Except Brazil
Australia
September 24, 2015 (Thursday)
Europe
September 24, 2015 (Thursday)
Except UK
UK
September 25, 2015 (Friday)
Japan
October 8th, 2015 (Thursday)
Brazil
October 8th, 2015 (Thursday)
It’s also being noted that FIFA 16 will be available for as many platforms as possible. The game is expected to come out on the PC, Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, 3DS, PS Vita and iOS. These are roughly the same platforms that FIFA 15 came out on. It’s possible Android is included too, but the FIFAGameNews didn’t mention it on their article.

It’s worth noting it looks like FIFA 16 may be snubbing the Wii U again. FIFA 15 was on the original Wii, but not the Wii U as well. EA Sports notes the lack of Wii U owners as a reason why they don’t port over their sports titles to the system.

Even though FIFAGamesNews has a good track record, treat this news as a rumor for now until EA Sports makes an official announcement on FIFA 16. This news looks legit as EA Sports usually releases FIFA games around that time of year.