REDWOOD CITY, Calif. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) announced today that EA SPORTS™ FIFA 14 is available in retail stores now throughout North America, and as a digital download on Origin™. The game releases worldwide later this week. More than 5 million* fans worldwide—the most ever for an EA SPORTS game—have played the FIFA 14 demo and the game has received 32 review scores of 9 out of 10 or higher, including five perfect scores. Official Xbox Magazine (USA) declared FIFA 14 was “bigger, bolder, and better than ever” and gave it an Editor’s Choice Award. Gamesaktuell (Germany) awarded FIFA 14 a 9.2/10 and called it “the Messi of football games – again!” JeuxVideo Magazine (France) scored the game 9.5/10 and called it “one of the greatest football games”. Winner of “Best Sports Game” award at gamescom 2013, FIFA 14 is the pinnacle of innovation on this current generation of consoles and makes it easy for fans to bring their FIFA 14 experiences** to the new generation of consoles: between Xbox 360® and Xbox One®, and between PlayStation®3 and PlayStation®4.
EA SPORTS FIFA 14 AVAILABLE NOW IN NORTH AMERICA (Photo: Business Wire)
Fans have been playing the FIFA 14 demo and enjoying early access^ to FIFA 14 Ultimate Team in record numbers. The number of fans who have played the demo has increased 7% year-over-year while the number of fans using the FIFA 14 Ultimate Team Web App, which enables fans to start crafting their ultimate team pre-launch, attracted 1.35 million players—up 86 percent year-over-year—and over 830,000 daily active users.
FIFA 14 features 13 different online*** and offline game modes—including FIFA 14 Ultimate Team and new Co-op Seasons—and delivers the emotion of scoring great goals. Innovations to the award-winning gameplay make the game more authentic and more fun. A new feature called Pure Shot and a brand-new ball physics system transform shooting while Precision Movement delivers the authentic motion of real athletes. This year EA SPORTS Football Club, the heartbeat of FIFA, becomes more connected and more social. Football Club News and Alerts will suggest different areas of the game to connect and engage with friends, such as playing Co-op Seasons together or competing for high score in a skill game. Send friends Football Club gifts such as kits, celebrations and FIFA Ultimate Team Coin Boosts. FIFA 14 includes 33 leagues^^ and more than 600 clubs, making it the most authentic sports game on the planet. Plus, fans playing on Xbox 360^^^ and Xbox One consoles will be able to craft their FIFA 14 Ultimate Team with a mix of legendary players, such as Pelé, playing alongside today’s stars beginning with the launch of the new consoles later this year.
Fans will be able to bring their FIFA 14 Ultimate Team full roster, completed seasons and tournaments, in-game items and in-game currency (coins) to the new consoles so they can access and compete with their squads on either console throughout the season. EA SPORTS Football Club level, XP and select catalogue items such as celebrations and historical kits will also travel to the new consoles along with Seasons progress, including trophy case and leaderboards, Virtual Pro and accomplishments, and select Career Mode rewards.
New features and modes include:
A mobile version of FIFA 14 launched today as a free download on iPhone®, iPad®, iPod® touch, and Android devices, and features all-new touch controls, which easily allows players to touch the screen to select players, tap to pass or defend, and swipe to shoot. Download FIFA 14 for free on the App Store or Google Play.
FIFA 14 is launching with a dedicated broadcast and digital advertising creative campaign with an all-star cast of sports and celebrity icons. Created by Wieden + Kennedy Amsterdam, the 60-second TV commercial depicts FIFA 14 as an armada of fun, with gamers from all over the world gathering together for the most exciting FIFA edition yet. The ‘We are FIFA 14’ campaign features Barcelona and Argentina superstar Lionel Messi, and pro players Gareth Bale, Stephan El Shaarawy, Tim Cahill and Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez ‘, and Drake, all getting their game on, along with other FIFA fans. The film is available online here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhzSM_m-QZQ&feature=plcp and fans can get involved with the online interactive experience at http://www.EASPORTS.COM/WeAreFIFA14.
EA SPORTS FIFA 14**** is available today on the Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system with Kinect™ from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system with PlayStation Move support, Windows PC, and PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system.The game will also be available with the launch of the Xbox One on November 19 (North America) and November 21 (Europe), and PlayStation 4 on November 12 (North America) and November 29 (Europe).
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*According to internal data
**Requires internet connection, access to FIFA 14 on both current and next generation consoles, the use of the same Origin Account and the respective Xbox LIVE and Sony Entertainment Network accounts. Must be 13+ to create an Origin account. EA may retire online features and services after 30 days notice posted on www.ea.com/1/service-updates.
***Internet connection and Origin account required. Must be 13+ to create an account.
****Not all features available on all gaming platforms.
^Players who registered and created a security question in FIFA 13 Ultimate Team prior Aug. 1, 2013
^^Not all leagues, clubs and player available on all platforms
^^^Legends will launch on Xbox 360 and Xbox One Nov. 19 in North America and Nov. 21 in Europe
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