EA to Release Euro 2012 FIFA Title as a Digital Download on April 24th
This one is a little bit of a surprise folks, but a nice surprise! MCV Online are reporting that EA are set to release the inevitable Euro 2012 tie-in FIFA title, but as a digital-only release.
Called EA Sports EUFA Euro 2012, it will be an expansion pack for the already released FIFA 12 and will contain all 53 of the EUFA teams, whilst retaining the Virtual Pro modes, along with the challenges and multiplayer.
With FIFA being a huge seller at retail, this surely means that those retail chains will lose out on potential sales. Then again, for the consumer this means that rather than having to buy a brand new game, fans will be able to buy a (presumably) cheaper add-on instead.
UPDATE: EA have released full details now, including a release date of April 24th, with a 1800 Microsoft Points or £15.99 SEN price tag.
UEFA EURO 2012™ will be available as an expansion pack to fans who own EA SPORTS FIFA 12 on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. Available from 24 April for £15.99 (1,800 MS Points or 2,500 FIFA Points on PC), EA SPORTS UEFA EURO 2012 will recreate all the drama and excitement of the official tournament with all 53 UEFA member national teams, all eight official stadiums in the tournament, and all the pageantry and atmosphere of one of the largest and most-watched sporting events on the planet.
Fans will be able to compete online* for national pride and glory as their favourite European country in the UEFA EURO 2012™ tournament against rival nations in the group stage, progress through the knockout rounds and ultimately compete for the chance to be crowned UEFA EURO 2012™ champion.
Plus, a live service will drive real-life storylines into the game from the qualifying campaign and the tournament itself, enabling fans to relive dramatic moments with challenges based on real-life matches. Challenges will enable fans to earn experience points and level up their EA SPORTS Football Club profile.
“This game will tap into the passion fans have for their national teams by capturing all of the national rivalries in-game, and re-creating all the emotion of the UEFA EURO 2012™ tournament,” said Producer Sebastian Enrique. “We are utilizing the best-playing FIFA videogame ever, driving live, digital content created from the biggest headlines from the tournament into the game, and offering an exclusive new mode that will challenge gamers in unique and compelling ways.”
The all-new Expedition Mode, designed exclusively for UEFA EURO 2012, enables fans to build, manage and compete with a customised team against other European nations, crafting the perfect strategy for European domination. Fans will choose their favourite European player or FIFA 12 Virtual Pro to captain their customised team, win matches to earn better players from defeated nations, and then defeat the best nations to earn the best players in a campaign quest to defeat all 53 countries and complete the journey to conquer Europe.
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