Football or Soccer, call it what you like, it’s big business all around the world. The EA Sports FIFA series has been the most popular soccer game in the world for many years, and for this year’s incarnation EA certainly doesn’t seem content to rest on their laurels.
Community features are becoming a big part of gaming, with social network sites like Facebook enhancing the gaming experience for many titles. FIFA 2012 will take this idea one step further with its EA Sports Football Club, allowing gamers to actively participate and become invested in the game even when they aren’t at their console.
In essence EA Sports Football Club functions as a social hub for the game, storing and implementing game stats into league tables and allowing you to raise your chosen team to the top of the league and fight relegation through your own achievements, as well as downloading and playing real-life scenarios from soccer seasons throughout the world and recreate them yourself. You will also be able to post your accomplishments using Facebook and other social networking spaces.
“The millions of fans playing FIFA online have shown us there is a constant appetite for a deep connected experience, driven by a love of the sport,” stated Matt Bilbey, Vice President and General Manager of Soccer for the FIFA Soccer franchise. “EA SPORTS Football Club is a new social experience that brings the world’s soccer fans together, engaging and entertaining them in new ways that have never been done before in a sports game.”
The EA Sports Football Club functionality is limited to the PS3, 360 and PC versions of the game, but FIFA 2012 will release on every gaming format known to man (and a few besides) this fall.