2014 FIFA World Cup Features Announced; Only Coming to 360 and PS3

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Posted February 6th, 2014 at 8:45 am

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EA Sports today officially announced 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil which will release on April 15 in North America and April 17 in Europe. In surprising news however the highly anticipated game will only release on the last generation of consoles. It will not be coming to Xbox One, PS4, or PlayStation Vita.

Shortly after the announcement EA made a statement addressing the decision to only release on Xbox 360 and PS3:

Why isn’t our World Cup game on X1/PS4? We are making the best game we can for our largest audience, which is still on 360 & PS3.

The company has followed up by announcing that the Xbox One and PS4 versions of FIFA 14 will receive World Cup content and tournaments in Ultimate Team. That certainly falls far short of what fans would have hoped for with the standalone game every four years being incredibly popular. 2010 FIFA World Cup always comes up in discussion of favorite games of the 360/PS3 generation and the new systems missing out on that potential is unfortunate.

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Features

  • World Class Control – all-new control system which includes additional dribbles and flicks. New passing animations, including both ground and outside of the foot curling passes, will open the door to more attacking options.
  • Set Piece Tactics – Use the D-pad to command your teammates and strike fear from set pieces and corners.
  • New Penalty Kicks – New save animations and shot tuning puts players in control of their nation’s fate. Keepers can throw off kick-takers by performing different animations including wobbly-kneesmatador, and shoot-it-there points.
  • Over-the-Back Headers – Now defenders can leap over attacking players to clear the ball to safety.
  • adidas Ball Physics – We’ve partnered with the official football supplier of the FIFA World Cup to ensure the Brazuca and other adidas footballs behave as they would in the real world.

Game Modes

  • Road to the FIFA World Cup™ – The most immersive tournament mode in EA SPORTS FIFA history. Choose from any of the 203 National Teams sanctioned by FIFA and play with up to 32 players locally through the qualifying rounds, and proceed on to the group stage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™.
  • Road to Rio de Janeiro™ – Compete online with any of the 203 National Teams and progress across a map of Brazil’s 12 host cities. Win the final and hoist the FIFA World Cup Trophy at Estadio do Maracana in Rio.
  • Captain your Country – The popular FIFA game mode returns. Work your way through the squad list and lead your country through qualifying and to FIFA World Cup glory.
  • Story of Qualifying – Over 60 real scenarios taken directly from 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying. Relieve, recreate and/or change the outcome of some the best matches.
  • Additional Modes include 2014 FIFA World Cup, Kick Off, Skill Games, Online Friendlies, EA SPORTS Football Club

Presentation

  • Patriotic Presentation – Banners, flags and even see fans cheer from home with all new crowd rendering that brings the World Cup atmosphere alive.
  • EA SPORTS Talk Radio – Dynamic tournament updates from a number of ESPN talents, delivering over 50 hours’ worth of recorded audio that adapt to your own FIFA World Cup Experience
  • 203 nations, 7,469 players, 19 officially licensed managers, 21 stadiums, including all 12 authentic stadiums in Brazil, and over 15 hours of added in-game commentary.
  • Ryan Perry

    That’s upsetting

  • Agent916

    So Weak!

  • Weekend Roady

    Honestly how hard can it be to have released this on PS4/XB1? I really feel, more and more, that the next-gen is getting shafted (especially in sports gaming). Here FIFA 14 was arguably the best representation of sports gaming in the next-gen, and now EA doesn’t even bother with a following up with their very popular World Cup release to kinda burst that momentum. On top of this you have the uncertainty now surrounding MLB 14 and we can look forward to that heading into Madden and NBA 2K’s second round of releases later (and where are you NHL? will you even be on next-gen?).

    • Weekend Roady

      I should add that meanwhile the Vita becomes more and more irrelevant to the mainstream (its biggest draw being a PS4 “second screen” and highly niche JRPGs). It seemed not so long ago that everyone was fawning over how amazing FIFA looked on it. A couple of “legacy edition” releases later and all the potential is gone…

  • Jeff D Lowe

    You’re kidding, right? No PS4? What the hell. So now I can buy it but the whole thing will look worse than my PS4 FIFA? Lame.

    The ESPN thing sounds cool. I wish Ian Darke was the lead PBP.

  • jake

    What a let down. No one who has played FIFA 14 on Xbone or PS4 is going to go back and play this now.

    • MoneyMayweather

      I refuse to upgrade. thanks EA you are class.

  • Rasher

    There’s a pretty interesting interview on IGN where they go even further with the discussion of why 360/PS3 was chosen…they are looking at the global spectrum and considering so few countries have XB1 and/or PS4, it makes a lot of sense. We forget how few regions have XBone and PS4. I know we Americans only care about our selves, but EA is thinking about the casual gamer who is going to pick up a sub-200 dollar console and care more about playing as USA than LA Galaxy.

  • CJ

    Wow, what a huge opportunity loss.

    Guess I’ll wait until 2018.

  • MoneyMayweather

    Eat it pasta I told you 360/ps3 aren’t done there just getting started.There’s still a massive user base on the last generation just because people like you jump to next gen doesn’t mean you will get catered too.

    • http://pastapadre.com/ pastapadre

      No one ever claimed the 360/PS3 would stop getting the games – they will for another 3-5 years. It is unexpected though that they didn’t do PS4/XB1 along with it – a large and mostly passionate base of fans have transitioned and there is a lack of software the next few months where it could have picked up more casual gamers (like World Cup 2010 did) that would lead to becoming fans of the FIFA series.

  • juwanananannananann

    I can see why its on those platforms. Because you can add a guest on those and play online! the ps4/xbone does not allow that any more co -play online seasons with a friend in the same room as you. I hope ps4 fixes the issue of not being able to add a guest in the next games

  • juwanananannananann

    also will it include ghana?

    • Weekend Roady

      203 countries will be in it, including Ghana – whether or not the majority of them will be licensed, we’ll see…

  • Samutuck

    The reason EA is doing this for only PS3/XBOX360 is because it was reported that their current gen sales on their games all around have gone down because of the anticipation of next gen. This is just EA trying to get more money out of their current gen games before they have to focus all their attention to next gen because current gen will not be profitable for them very soon

  • Brian

    Come on! This a $400 or $500 dollar suit… system! ( Sad Peanuts music) Feel the sad EA.

  • clubsteve

    surprising…..usually it’s the older systems that get shafted.

  • JoeYardie

    the game sucks anyways. no passion or anything about fifa 14 ps4..
    pes 13 is much better,

  • beater29

    Still haven’t gone next gen. This should extend that by half a year at least. Totally satisfied.

  • El_Kaiju

    Screw you, EA. Nice try trying to push UT to get more money instead of releasing the World Cup game proper on next-gen systems.

  • Yausser1017

    I am so sick of EA. I do not remember the last time they made me happy with a game. Besides MLB the show, this was the other game I was anxiously awaiting on the PS4. They ruin everything, but sadly I still buy their crap cause its the only thing on the market.

    Pasta – how has EA not run into some kind of monopoly situation? They have literally eliminated the competition by buying exclusive licenses. Fifa is how my brother and I stay in touch playing online, and this is a dagger to me hearing it will not be on PS4.

  • Makin Edwards

    not surprising

  • Yaky Ibia

    As someone who hasn’t purchased a next gen console and won’t be purchasing one for another year or so I’m extremely happy to see this will be coming to XBOX 360 & PS3. I love FIFA games and will put many hours with friends and family competing with our Nation’s teams.

    I’m hyped!

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