FIFA 14 May Be Headed to Vita; First Pre-Order Bonus Posted

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Posted May 16th, 2013 at 6:00 pm

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While much of the discussion around upcoming releases has centered on the complete dismissal of the Wii U (nothing coming its way) and the emergence of the PS4 and next Xbox (Madden, FIFA, NBA 2K, and possibly NBA Live) there have also been questions relating to the PlayStation Vita. No sports games through the end of the year have been confirmed for the handheld but Gamestop has now posted a listing for FIFA 14. They are very unlikely to have done so without having received information that the game will be released for the Vita. 

While sales of the Vita have been anything but solid there is still the Sony cross-platform integration that not only matters now with the PS3 but will also come PS4. Interaction with FIFA 14 on one or the other would make a lot of sense and could be announced at the Sony or EA press conference kicking off E3 or simply be a feature revealed during the event. Considering the worldwide sales numbers if only one sports game was going to be on the Vita it would be FIFA.

In other news the first pre-order incentive for FIFA 14 has been posted by EA through their Origin site. For the most part FIFA has traditionally avoided going the route of offering unique bonuses at different retailers so there is a chance this will be the extra package that comes with pre-ordering no matter where it is purchased. 24 Ultimate Team “Gold” packs (distributed over 24 weeks) and five “boosts” to apply to a virtual pro will be provided.

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  • Keith.

    Wonder if it’ll be Fifa 12 again in a Fifa 14 box, like Fifa 13 was.

    Great seeing NBA2k (7th) and The Show (10th) in the new NPD out today. Also, no TW14 (again), just as I predicted last month. NPD doesn’t track digital sales so The Show probably should be even higher, but it’s good to see it hanging in there. NBA2k’s gotta be closing in on M13 for the year, if it hasn’t already passed it.

    • HV

      FIFA 13’s first touch changed the game, like the physics engine and the new defensive controls in previous years. You can still see things for the first time after playing 15 seasons in career mode. Not the same game.
      And 13 got roster updates, with changes in ratings, every single friday! PES still does only one update for the whole year, after the January transfer window, that is available in late February. Now Konami updated the Libertadores mode with the 2013 squads… when the playoffs started! Took them the whole group stage to update the teams, just like last year… And I’m no hater, when FIFA was an arcade trash, I bought PES every year, until it got a KO from FIFA 10.

      • I believe Keith is referring to the Vita version specifically and not the consoles. FIFA 13 got ripped pretty harshly for not being much of an upgrade over FIFA Football.

        I wouldn’t expect that to be the case this year. Have to consider the first FIFA released only only 7 months before the second. Had a full cycle this time around.

        • Keith.

          Yes, thanks Pasta. I was specifically referring to the Vita version. This is how the IGN article which addressed the situation summed it up:

          “As it stands, EA is selling last year’s game with some new skins and a new title to customers on Wii and Vita without properly explaining it. In my opinion, if you’re thinking about buying FIFA 13 on Wii or Vita, don’t let yourself be duped.”

        • Keith.

          Yes, thanks Pasta. I was specifically referring to the Vita version. This is how IGN summed up the situation in an article last year:

          “As it stands, EA is selling last year’s game with some new skins and a new title to customers on Wii and Vita [for full price] without properly explaining it. In my opinion, if you’re thinking about buying FIFA 13 on Wii or Vita, don’t let yourself be duped.”

          http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/10/12/fifa-13-ea-sells-old-games-as-new

          Maybe that’s why there’s no WiiU games from EA anymore, since they were called out for these shenanigans by IGN and Nintendo Gamer. Either way, it’ll be interesting to see what they do with this years Vita game.

        • HV

          Ok, in that case he is right, the Vita version was just a shameful roster update.

    • Keith.

      A little industry commentary on the new NPD numbers:

      “The biggest surprises for April are probably the games that are still here from March and the ones that dropped off completely.

      March saw the release of Tomb Raider, Gears of War: Judgment, and God of War: Ascension. Not a single one of those maintained strong enough sales to make a repeat appearance.

      That’s compared to titles like Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, NBA 2K13, and MLB 13: The Show. Sony’s baseball title, The Show, hung on at 10, which is impressive for a sports game exclusive to PlayStation hardware. Luigi’s Mansion held strong at six and NBA 2K13 jumped up to seven likely thanks to the start of the NBA playoffs.

      Of course, Call of Duty: Black Ops II is still selling well.”

      Read more at http://venturebeat.com/2013/05/16/april-2013-npd-injustice-tops-software-chart-as-industry-continues-to-shrink/#1sfyMeStODTP1e0V.99

  • I’m holding out hopes for a decent upgrade on the Vita. I definitely skipped 13, there was really no point in a purchase. I’d love to see more multiplayer options as you could always find an online game in 12.