EA Sports are to release another major tournament edition of their FIFA franchise, with 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil hitting shelves in April this year.
It is hardly an unexpected revelation, as it will be the ninth consecutive world or European tournament to get its own game, starting with World Cup ’98. The unexpected announcement is that the game will not be available on next gen consoles, so fetch your 360s and PS3s from the back of your cupboards if you wish to lead your team to glory.
The game looks to carry on with most of the game modes we saw in their last World Cup entry, 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, with the game modes Road to the FIFA World Cup and Road to Rio de Janeiro returning to the 2014 edition. Captain your Country also returns, in which you can work your way through the squad list of your chosen country as you compete through qualification and to the final tournament.
An important feature of any real life football tournament is the dreaded penalty shootout, and EA have improved the nerve-wracking process with new save animations for goalkeepers as well as allowing the keeper to try to put-off the taker by employing the famous Bruce Grobelaar wobbly knees, as well as “matador” and “shoot-it-there” animations.
Defenders will also be able to leap over the back of attackers when trying to win the ball in the air with the new Over the Back Headers feature.
2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil will offer 203 national teams to choose from, and will feature all 12 of the Brazilian final stadiums, as well as iconic stadiums from each of the qualifying regions and the customary generic stadiums.
The game is released on April 17th for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The teaser trailer can be seen below.