EA has revealed the cover of the UK version of FIFA 14 and the player who has been chosen to be alongside footballing legend Lionel Messi on the cover is the Tottenham Hotspur and Wales star, Gareth Bale. The Spurs player is a huge fan of the FIFA games and is a perfect choice for the cover after having a simply fantastic 2012-13 season which saw him winning the PFA Young Player of the Year, the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and the FWA Footballer of the Year awards. Bale did some motion capture for the game that focused on his free-kicks and his well-known ‘heart’ celebration which he does whenever he scores a goal (which is quite often).
Gareth Bale talked about his appreciation of the FIFA series:
“Yeah I play a lot with my friends from home and we have big tournaments when they come to my house and I also play online, so yes, I play a lot. I’ve played as myself a few times, the stats are good – but obviously everyone wants them to be a bit better. But it’s a great game, I enjoy playing it.”
He went on and spoke about the motion capture he did for the title:
“The things I liked to see most were the free kick technique I use, and the way I take penalties etc. It’s all interesting stuff, and to see it on the game makes it more realistic. I did my trademark celebration, the heart. We did a few shots of that and a couple of others which I’ve done during games last season. It’s great to see them back on the screen, and it will be brilliant to see them on the game.”
FIFA 14 will release on September 24th in North America and September 27th throughout Europe for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC with the next-gen versions for the Xbox One and PS4 versions will be released at a later date. There will be no version for the Wii U. You can watch a video of Gareth Bale talking about the game and his motion capture for it below: