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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

FIFA 15: Have FUT Price Changes been a success?

IFA 15: We look at whether the controversial implementation of Price Changes in FUT have been a success?

In one of the biggest changes in FUT history, price ranges have recently been added to the transfer market. Implemented to ease issues including coin selling and price inflation, it was a move by EA that received seriously mixed reviews.

The price ranges now mean that every card in FUT, including consumables, have a range in which you can sell the card for. 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.

Across all three markets there has been a new phenomenon of extinct players. This happens when demand exceeds supply, so when a popular in-form is released and their price range chosen by EA is too low, there will be none of that player on the market as nobody is willing to sell.

Whilst this is affecting Xbox users with some of the in-forms that have been released in recent weeks, on the Playstation market the issue has developed to the point where even regular high rated cards are no longer on the market at all.

There is clearly still a lot of work required to perfect price ranges, which seem to be staying. Ultimate Team has been the dominant game mode in Fifa’s over the last few years and at the moment it is looking vulnerable. We will go ahead and look through price ranges in detail and what it has meant for those playing the game.

Video: Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane, Ryan Mason take on fans in ‘FIFA 15’ challenge

Tottenham Hotspur duo Harry Kane and Ryan Mason tried to prove that their skills on the pitch are transferable to virtual ones by taking on fans in a game of FIFA 15.

The England internationals challenged two supporters, both of whom wore Spurs shirts for the occasion, to play a match on the popular videogame.

Kane and Mason both led the way at half time by a single goal, leaving the two young fans the task of coming from behind to claim the win.

Watch the Tottenham duo take on the challenge in the video below:

Fifa 15 Ultimate Team mobile app now supports Apple Watch

Fifa 15 Ultimate Team is coming to the Apple Watch after EA Sports updated the game’s mobile app to support some basic features for Apple’s smartwatch, set for release this Friday (24 April).

Players with an Apple Watch will be able to receive notifications from the iPhone app (the Apple Watch requires an iPhone 5, 5C, 5S, 6 or 6 Plus to work in tandem with) and manage up to five transfers within the game’s market (via Pocket Gamer).

Fifa Ultimate Team

New features are also being added beyond the Apple Watch functionality, including the ability to quickly build the best possible team from your selection of players, as well as custom footballs in simulation mode and boosts and tactics now reflecting in Sim Stories.

Ultimate Team has been a staple of the popular football franchise for a few years now. EA courted some controversy earlier this year when they made a big changes to the game’s market in an effort to combat illegal coin farmers and other people exploiting the system for personal gains.

Speaking of Fifa, it’s getting to that time of year when EA announce the next version of their football sim. Whenever they announce it, Fifa 16 will hit store shelves in September.

FIFA 15 receives no limit 15k packs, Brehme FUT Legend

EA Sports FIFA on Twitter made two announcements moments ago that included a new FUT Legend and no limit 15k packs. The news about unlimited 15k packs for FIFA Ultimate Team came about 6PM in the UK, and you will have 24 hours to take advantage until these packs are unavailable.

The tweet that delivered this news came at the regular time, as many FIFA 15 players know all too well. That tweet about no limit 15k packs can be seen below this article, although what we like more is the new FUT Legend for Xbox gamers.

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We have included the player stats for German legend Brehme above. As you can see with his card you have 89 PAC, 75 DRI, 86 DEF, 82 PAS, 66 SHO, and 86 PHY. Sadly, this card is only on Xbox and certainly for the fans of FUT Legends.

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What’s your thoughts on the Brehme FUT Legend card and also, the no limit 15k packs? Do you agree with others that FUT is dead, or is this just those annoyed by all the changes and server problems?

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