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EA Sports Reveal 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Game for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - DECEMBER 03:  A general view of Brazuca and the FIFA World Cup Trophy at the Maracana before the adidas Brazuca launch at Parque Lage on December 3, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Brazuca is the Official Match Ball for the FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil. Tonight adidas revealed brazuca to the world in the stunning setting of Parque Lage in Rio de Janeiro. The reveal was part of a spectacular light projection supported by global footballers Seedorf, Hernane and FIFA World Cup Winner Cafu. Hundreds of guests and celebrities were treated to this one off experience, which launched the Official FIFA World Cup Ball for Brazil 2014. For more information visit: news.adidas.com/worldcupOMB  (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images for adidas)
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Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 6, 2014

EA Sports have announced 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, a standalone football game tuned to celebrate this year's South American festivities, to be released on April 15 in North America and April 17 across Europe.

Although we first caught wind of a Samba-themed title back in October, EA confirmed the release with a colourful tweet:

Now, if you wish to play the standalone game, it's only available on older consoles. Matt Prior, the game's producer, discussed the financial-based decision, as reported by Daniel Krupa of IGN:

We've got to focus development on where there will be biggest for the buck. So, obviously 360 and PS3 are still, by far, the most popular game consoles right now.

Over time, that’s likely to change. But right now, they have the biggest market penetration, and we wanted to get this game to as many people as we possibly could.

BANGKOK, THAILAND - DECEMBER 28: The mascot of the FIFA Brazil 2014 World Cup, Fuleco, poses during the FIFA World Cup trophy tour on December 28, 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand.  (Photo by Thananuwat Srirasant/Getty Images)
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Xbox One and PlayStation 4 owners won't go without, however, and they will receive World Cup-themed content in FIFA 14 Ultimate Team, as tweeted by EA Sports:

As ever, a new FIFA game means we can expect plenty of alterations to the action.

As detailed on EA Sports' official website, players will need to master new gameplay features, including "World Class Control," increased set-piece details and over 100 new animations.

Tried-and-tested game modes such as "Road to the FIFA World Cup" and "Captain Your Country" return, ensuring players have plenty of tournament-specific content to wade through.

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - DECEMBER 16:  Construction continues at the Arena de Sao Paulo venue for the FIFA 2014 World Cup Brazil on December 16, 2013 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Friedemann Vogel/Getty Images)
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Perhaps, most impressively, this will be the first FIFA title since the 2010 South Africa iteration to feature all 203 national teams. This means you can fire up the plane and send the superstars of Mongolia to Brazil, if you've got the skills to advance through qualification.

"Story of Qualifying" also makes a reappearance, serving plenty of real-world scenarios and situations for you to overcome.

As the trailer below highlights, EA Sports' excellent presentational values will be out in full force:

Are you interested in picking up a FIFA game based on the upcoming World Cup? Will you opt for the last-gen option if you own one of the new consoles?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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