FIFA 14 Unveils Trailer Featuring Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid
It seemed to many soccer fans that the Gareth Bale to Real Madrid situation would never reach a conclusion as it dragged on for months, but once the move became official on Sunday, EA Sports wasted little time as it released a FIFA 14 trailer featuring Bale with his new team.
Tottenham Hotspur announced that they had sold their superstar player to Los Blancos, and EA Sports took the opportunity to capitalize on the news by producing the trailer in short order.
The Club can announce that it has reached agreement with Real Madrid for the transfer of Gareth Bale #THFC— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 1, 2013
The trailer utilizes the tagline "Ya es Real," which translates to "It just got Real." It's clever in that the acquisition of Bale means that things have certainly gotten real in La Liga, but the capitalization of "Real" is a fun play on words in reference to Real Madrid.
Fans across the world have to be excited about the prospects of Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo working together on the same team, and EA Sports is fully cognizant of that. Gamers are always drawn in by new things, and nothing is newer in the football world than Bale's jump to Real Madrid.
Much of the hype surrounding FIFA 14 in terms of roster moves have related to Neymar joining Barcelona. While Barca was already an explosive club before bringing in the Brazilian dynamo, gamers are interested to see how he and Lionel Messi can coexist on the virtual pitch. It's entirely possible that the anticipation for Bale and Ronaldo has surpassed that, though.
It's true that players could have put Bale and Ronaldo on the same team in past versions of the game if they wanted to, but there is something special about it actually being a part of the game. The duo promises to be so dynamic that even gamers who aren't necessarily fans of Real Madrid will use Los Blancos in their first match.
Bale and Ronaldo have a lot in common as they are two of the best players in the world as well as the only two players to win the FWA Footballer of the Year, PFA Players' Player of the Year and PFA Young Player of the Year awards in the same season. With that type of talent on the pitch at the same time, Real Madrid promises to dominate both in video game and real terms.
Last season, Bale and Ronaldo combined for 81 goals across all competitions, which means that their FIFA 14 ratings are going to be fantastic. FIFA games are always fun since they promote creativity, but having Bale and Ronaldo feeding off each other is going to bring that aspect of the game to an entirely different level.
FIFA 14 is set to launch in North America on Sept. 24 and in Europe on Sept. 26, so there are still a few weeks left for EA Sports to hype the release. It isn't as if EA Sports necessarily needed any help as FIFA 14 practically sells itself, but there is no doubt that the Bale transfer came at a great time.
EA Sports took advantage of it, and the video game giant is now hopeful that it will pay big-time dividends.
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