EA Announces that FIFA 16 Will Have 12 Women’s National Teams

Today, EA announced that FIFA 16 will include 12 Women’s National Teams. These will be Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Sweden and the USA. 

They also released behind the scene images depicting how they did the 3-D scanning of the teams. This scanning will allow for more authentic movement and facial expressions. Even details such as the motion of hair have been taken into consideration. By doing so EA hopes to achieve the same depth of realistic game play they did with the men’s teams in FIFA 15 when they pushed players to “Feel the Game” by adding new emotional intelligence and over 600 emotional reactions. They also improved commentary, showed characters reactions from the sidelines, portrayed goal celebrations, and even showed fan reactions. 

In addition to this announcement, they held a short interview with player Alex Morgan asking her questions like, “What is your biggest inspiration?” and “What does it mean to you to be included in this game?”. Of course this is certainly exciting for numerous female soccer players and fans of the series. Further news about the game will be released during E3. However, they have done an short article addressing some major questions.

Perhaps, the biggest question was “Will female teams be able to play against male ones?”. The answer is no. They have decided that since the teams would not in real life that they will not be doing so in this game. Additional, females will not be able to be used in FIFA Ultimate Team. This is due to the limited number of players to choose from among the 12 teams. However, this is a huge improvement that addresses one of the companies largest requests. The game is scheduled for release in September on PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3.

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