EA Sports has confirmed a FIFA World Cup game is in development for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles.
As reported by Seeking Alpha, company CEO Andrew Wilson chatted about the upcoming release in the organisation’s recent investor call:
In the last 2 weeks, you've also seen several announcements about our product slate for the remainder of this year and into FY '15.
We are refining our focus on our biggest brands and great new IP in development, including The Sims 4, EA SPORTS UFC, FIFA World Cup and Dragon Age: Inquisition.
With FIFA 14 recently released to the masses, this subtle revelation of another footballing iteration may come too soon for many.
It is currently unclear whether the new product will be a full-priced release akin to EA’s 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, or follow the UEFA Euro 2012 model as downloadable content for the annual game.
EA typically use the biennial titles to try out new features that may be included in the next sequel.
The 2010 World Cup title introduced a pressure system for vital penalties, produced via a rumbling of the pad and increased difficulty when trying to place your shot. It also placed a huge emphasis on speedy attacking play, something that would dictate there series’ direction until the developer spent time tweaking physicality in FIFA 14.
Although specific details are yet to be confirmed, it is likely the 2014 World Cup game will feature variations of popular modes from previous versions.
Favourites such as "Captain Your Country"—which allowed you to lead any nation to World Cup glory—and real scenarios from "Story of Qualifying" could return.
UEFA Euro 2012’s "Expedition" mode may be called upon for inspiration. This tasks gamers with working their way across the continent in search of players for their team.
Roads are built or lost depending on the result, starting with the lowest-ranked nations. After each successful encounter, a random player from the opposition joins your lineup.
Perhaps most importantly, each of EA’s tournament titles have been fully licensed and bustling with atmosphere, lest we forget the migraine-inducing vuvuzela. The 2010 World Cup game featured 199 playable nations, compared to 47 available in the current annual release.
This means the likes of Nigeria, Japan and Tiny Oceanic Team X are fully represented. Should you want to try to atone for Tahiti’s recent battering at the Confederations Cup, these licenses can make all the difference.
Of course, with concrete details yet to be announced for the 2014 FIFA World Cup game, EA could decide to try something completely new.
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