EA have officially announced when FIFA 15 will hit shelves, along with the vast number of platforms that will receive the title.
EA revealed that FIFA 15 will be released in the UK September 26 2014, while “soccer” fans in the US can pick up the game from September 23 2014.
We also received the full list of platforms that will receive the latest addition to the fan favourite series, with the expected omission of Wii U confirmed by EA.
The game will be released on all the expected console and handheld platforms, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii, PC, 3DS, PS Vita and PSP.
What this announcment does spell out is that FIFA 15 will not be released on PS2; while this might be akin to England’s world cup campaign and not surprise anybody it is a significant withdrawal, with Sony’s iconic console receiving a FIFA title for the last 14 years.
Of course the console and PC versions of the title will be the fully fledged stars of the show, with the handheld versions being dubbed ‘legacy’ editions, meaning there won’t be any updates to gameplay, just an updated squad list and fresh kits.
Through boxart being leaked online, and later in an official announcement from EA, it was also revealed that the ‘Legends’ mode within Ultimate Team will again be exclusive to Xbox.
The feature, which allows players to add past legends of the game to their Ultimate Team line up, will not be making the jump to Playstation, continuing the trend from the last title; which saw the Legends mode added exclusively to Microsoft’s flagship console.
We reported back at E3 that the game’s big new ‘innovative’ feature on console will be updated player emotions, with a new agility engine representing the new gameplay angle, allowing for a change in attacking impetus.
Whether this will be enough to keep the series fresh remains to be seen, but let’s face it EA are at a stage now where they could just update squads and change the cover art and punters would gobble the game up in their millions.