With the next version of the world's most popular sports video game series just a month away, the anticipation is growing by the day for the September 26 North American release of FIFA 15.
Pre-release hype is almost as fun as the actual game these days. There's always seemingly a tidbit here or there to put the pieces together as fans wait to get the game in their hands.
With an ear to the virtual street about the newest information surrounding FIFA 15, here's the most recent news and rumors.
Although a date hasn't been officially confirmed, talks of a pre-release demo have surfaced all over the Internet. Martin Robinson of Eurogamer says a demo is definitely on the way, and it won't be attached to the much-maligned EA Access service that many blame for keeping a Madden 15 demo from gamers.
There are even rumblings from FIFA U Team that the demo will consist of eight teams, two game modes and will appear on September 9. While we stress this information is not confirmed, the timetable would seemingly make sense.
It would be just over two weeks before the official North American release, giving interested parties ample time to whet their appetites with the abbreviated version of the game.
What a Culture's Joseph Dempsey came across what is being described as "leaked" player ratings for the Manchester United squad. Per What a Culture, Shinji Kagawa is rated an 82 in the early ratings.
Ratings are always a lightning rod for conversation, and FIFA isn't exempt from this.
Whether you agree with the numbers or not, it's fun to go back and forth with friends, other fans and even developers about which players are rated too high as well as too low.
More Cover Athletes
When it comes to the cover of FIFA 15, Lionel Messi has more company than an unruly teenager whose parents are out of town.
Yet another region-specific alternative cover was recently announced for FIFA 15. Chelsea star Eden Hazard will be on the cover of the UK edition of the game with the FC Barcelona star. Hazard struck a pose with the cover and posted it on his Twitter account.
Hazard joins the likes of Clint Dempsey, Tim Cahill, Javier Hernandez and others who will help to broaden the already global appeal of the game.
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