Earlier this year, EA made plenty of Soccer (or Football depending on your part of the world) fans happy, when they announced that for the first time ever, womens’ teams would be playable in the next FIFA game. Now, they’ve gone one step farther and are giving women their first shot at the cover of the game. It’s neat to see them embracing the diversity in the game now, and it’s sure to make fans happy:
Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) today announced that US Women’s National Team Forward, Alex Morgan, and Captain of the Canadian Women’s National Team, Christine Sinclair, will be the first women to appear on an EA SPORTS FIFA cover. Morgan shares the FIFA 16 cover spotlight with global soccer sensation, Lionel Messi, in the United States and Sinclair shares the cover with Messi in Canada. For the first time in franchise history, women will take the pitch in EA SPORTS FIFA. Fans will be able to represent 12 Women’s National Teams in FIFA 16, in Kick Off, an Offline Tournament, and Online* Friendly Matches – giving fans a brand new way to play.
“It is an incredible honor to be one of the first women featured on the cover of EA SPORTS FIFA,” said Morgan. “I know people all over the world play this game and I’m really excited that FIFA 16 is putting such an important spotlight on women’s soccer. And now to share the cover with today’s greatest player is surreal.”
“This year’s World Cup showcased the unbelievable talent and skill in women’s soccer,” said Sinclair. “I’m thrilled that EA SPORTS is celebrating female athletes in FIFA 16. To be featured in the game and to promote women’s soccer with Alex is really special and another exciting step for women in sports.”
“As soon as we knew Women’s National Teams were joining FIFA 16, we immediately recognized that Christine and Alex would be the perfect cover athletes based on their accomplishments and what they represent for their respective countries and the sport of women’s soccer,” said David Pekush, Sr. Manager of North America Marketing for EA SPORTS. “They are exhilarating players and exude heart and courage on the pitch, and we are extremely proud to be working with them this year.”
FIFA 16 innovates across the entire pitch to deliver a balanced, authentic, and exciting football experience that lets fans play their way, and compete at a higher level. With innovative gameplay features, FIFA 16 brings Confidence in Defending, Control in Midfield, and gives players the tools to create more Moments of Magic than ever before. Fans new to the franchise, or skilled players looking to improve their game will have a chance to Compete at a Higher Level using the all new FIFA Trainer. Innovation Across the Entire Pitch. New Ways to Play. Compete at a Higher Level. Play Beautiful in FIFA 16.
FIFA 16 will be available starting September 22, 2015 in North America on Origin™ on PC, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, Xbox 360® games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems.
What do you guys think? Will you be picking up FIFA 16 in September?