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1:00 AM on 05.24.2013

FIFA 14 out September 24 for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC

FIFA 14 will be out on September 24, 2013 in North America, and September 27 in Europe. Those of you that want to pre-order the upcoming soccer game for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, or PC will be able to get the "Ultimate Pas...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

1:30 PM on 05.20.2013

New FIFA to be shown tomorrow during Xbox event

At what point can we start calling this a trend? After McLaren of all companies hinted at an announcement during Microsoft's pre-E3 reveal event for the next Xbox, now we have EA Sports hyping up "the next generation of FIFA"...

Jordan Devore

10:00 AM on 05.08.2013

EA extends FIFA license agreement through 2022

EA Sports have announced that they've extended their licensing agreement with FIFA, meaning you'll see EA-made soccer games through at least December 2022. The people that play the 65 million weekly games will appreciate this...

Dale North

5:45 PM on 05.07.2013

Expect new games from EA Sports, BioWare, and DICE at E3

During an investor call today, EA Labels president Frank Gibeau briefly discussed the company's plans for E3 2013. As expected, June is going to be a big month for the new home consoles. "Regarding next generation consoles, w...

Jordan Devore

8:30 PM on 01.30.2013

FIFA 13 brings in $100 million in net revenue

In their financial reports released today, EA has shown that FIFA is still a very powerful franchise. According to the reports, FIFA 13 sold more than its predecessor, totaling over 12 million units through the thir...

Patrick Hancock

12:00 PM on 11.26.2012

Football, videogames, music, and sex converge at last

If you didn't have one yet, prepare to get a full-on chub after watching this video. British electronic outfit Hot Chip has a knack for making some awkward hilarious music videos but their latest for single "Don't Deny Your ...

Allistair Pinsof





10:00 AM on 09.28.2012

EA re-releases FIFA 12 as FIFA 13 on Wii

Electronic Arts has been caught red-handed selling a barely updated re-release as a full sequel. While it's often hard to tell the difference with sports games, it's really bad this time, since the Wii version of FIFA 13 real...

Jim Sterling

10:00 PM on 08.13.2012

FIFA 13 to include 'Skill Games' mode

FIFA 13 is a little over a month away from launch and the game, which will mark the twentieth edition of EA's very long running FIFA franchise, will be getting a game mode new to the franchise which EA Sports is ca...

Harry Monogenis



Preview: FIFA 13 Wii U has some fly new features photo
Preview: FIFA 13 Wii U has some fly new features
by Steven Hansen

Madden 13 isn’t the only EA sports title launching alongside Nintendo’s incoming Wii U, as FIFA 13 will be too. Much like how the Vita’s FIFA Soccer was built on the framework of FIFA 11, FIFA 13 on the Wii U is something like a FIFA 12.5. This might not be too bad of a deal, given that the PS3 and 360 versions are seeing more subtle iterative changes, compared to 12’s more dramatic upgrade from 11.

It will be without some of the core gameplay changes that are coming to FIFA 13 on PS3 and 360 though, like AI that take curved runs or the new first touch system meant to properly simulate reception (and avoid unrealistic perfect trapping on long passes by less skilled players), but there are a lot of Wii U specific additions that are rather cool.

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8:00 PM on 08.03.2012

FIFA 13 iOS will have competitive online multiplayer

When I played FIFA 12 for iOS last year, I found myself rather surprised by how nicely the experience transferred onto mobile devices. It obviously found success, as the team is being even more ambitious with FIFA 13 for iOS ...

Steven Hansen

3:22 PM on 08.02.2012

Madden 13 and Fifa 13 for Wii U has touch enhancements

During EA's Summer Showcase live stream, EA has shown off some new features for the Wii U versions of Madden 13 and Fifa 13, typically focused on the GamePad's touchscreen. In Madden, play calling is done directly on the touc...

Tony Ponce

1:00 PM on 07.13.2012

Man blames Microsoft for his kid's 1150 Xbox Live bill

A foolish child managed to spend £1150 of his father's money on Xbox Live. The father's response? Blame Microsoft for his own slapdash parenting, of course.  "He didn't realize it was costing real money," said...

Jim Sterling



E3: FIFA 13 subtly iterating on FIFA 12 photo
E3: FIFA 13 subtly iterating on FIFA 12
by Steven Hansen

The last FIFA game was pretty well received. Accordingly, much of what I saw for FIFA 13 seemed to be more of a refinement of FIFA 12 than a complete overhaul, although I’m sure this is what most players are expecting.

The last FIFA I’ve played extensively was FIFA Soccer on Vita, which I’m told is based on FIFA 11’s mechanics. Though I’ve only played a few matches of FIFA 12 among friends, I was shown a presentation that highlighted some of the changes between last year’s game and FIFA 13, all of which point to an even more realistic soccer experience.

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4:04 PM on 06.04.2012

E3: FIFA is 'football's social network'

EA has announced a wealth of new features for the upcoming FIFA 13, both in the gameplay and EA's football-centered social network, Football Club. Gamers who progressed through FIFA 12 will have their stats and progress carry...

Alasdair Duncan

11:58 AM on 06.04.2012

E3: FIFA 13 to support Kinect for tactical play

During the Microsoft press conference we learned that FIFA 13 will support Kinect. In a demo shown by Executive VP of EA Sports, Andrew Wilson, we saw substitutions carried out, tactics changed on the fly, and even the game r...

Alasdair Duncan



Preview: Making FIFA 13 'predictably unpredictable' photo
Preview: Making FIFA 13 'predictably unpredictable'
by Samit Sarkar

The draw of “reality” television is its ostensibly greater degree of unpredictability over scripted shows, the coveted “you can’t make this stuff up” factor. Many simulation videogames better replicate the infinite variability of life than reality TV does, and one way in which a few recent sports games have gotten there is by implementing real-time physics engines. EA Sports’ venerated FIFA series did that with FIFA 12 last year, delivering often impressive but occasionally laughable results. There was more work to be done; modeling collisions is only one aspect of simulating soccer.

The holy grail in sports games is calculating everything on the fly, taking into account the unending variety of variables in every case. “The philosophy of the team,” explained David Rutter, executive producer for the FIFA franchise, “has been to take all of the inputs that would occur in this real world that we live in, and use them to drive the outcomes of the game that you are playing.” It’s an asymptotic venture, and the talented developers at EA Canada are getting closer every year.

[Editor’s note: I use the terms “soccer” and “football” interchangeably in this article. --Samit]

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