At EA’s Gamescom press conference this morning the company made a number of announcements for FIFA 14. The demo for the 360 and PS3 will arrive on September 10, the mobile version of the game will for the first time be free-to-play, legends are coming to Ultimate Team mode exclusively on the Xbox 360 and Xbox One, and Seasons mode will now have co-op play. A new “Living Worlds” trailer for the Xbox One and PS4 version of FIFA 14 also premiered.
Earlier Microsoft announced that consumers in Europe who pre-order an Xbox One will receive a free digital copy of FIFA 14. Microsoft was also the first to detail what content would be exclusive to the Ultimate Team mode in both the Xbox One and 360. The partnership between EA and MS for exclusive content was made official at E3 and for FIFA it means the legends for Ultimate Team which will start appearing in the mode following the One’s release.
The roster of legends: Dennis Bergkamp, Oliver Bierhoff, Sol Campbell, Fabio Cannavaro, Rui Costa, Hernán Crespo, Frank de Boer, Marcel Desailly, Paulo Futre, Stefan Effenberg, Robbie Fowler, Ruud Gullit, Gheorghe Hagi, Fernando Hierro, Filippo Inzaghi, Patrick Kluivert, Henrik Larsson, Jens Lehmann, Gary Lineker, Freddie Ljungberg, Paolo Maldini, Lothar Matthäus, Gary Neville, Michael Owen, Pauleta, Pelé, Robert Pirès, Frank Rijkaard, David Seaman, Teddy Sheringham, Andriy Shevchenko, Davor Šuker, Marco van Basten, Edwin van der Sar, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Patrick Vieira, Christian Vieri, George Weah, Gianfranco Zola.
Co-op Seasons mode (available on all versions) will allow for two users to play together online in ranked play against teams with two users within the same Seasons structure that has become so popular. Match Day has also been expanded to Seasons and Co-op Seasons to connect fans with real-world events.
When playing FIFA 14 on Xbox One and PS4, fans will feel the electricity of a living stadium, and experience the majesty of the world’s greatest football theatres. From dramatic broadcast-inspired stadium flyovers to emotional pre-match ceremonies, fans will see and feel the match like never before. A new feature called Match Flow will revolutionize the FIFA experience, delivering dynamic and continuous gameplay. Players will interact with side-line characters such as ball boys so they can get the ball back into play as the clock winds down and the pressure mounts and fans will witness the build-up and player positioning prior to corners or free kicks.
The new trailer is accompanied by some additional information related to next-gen. The game will include 121 different broadcast cameras outside and within the stadium to provide for new replay angles and to follow player and match storylines. Also for the first time there will be authentic home and away crowd chants.