FIFA 17 has released a new trailer ahead of the game’s worldwide release on September 29.
There are three big talking points from this teaser for EA’s footy franchise, so let’s get down to business and tackle each one with the swiftness of a Lee Cattermole reducer.
Look how far we’ve come
The trailer opens with a quick-fire montage of FIFAs – and it’s clear to anyone with functioning eyes that technology has made huge strides since the early floppy disc days.
The new FIFA boasts a Frostbite game engine used in Star Wars Battlefront and Mirror’s Edge Catalyst. “Frostbite unlocks a whole new world of possibilities for the FIFA franchise and its fans,” said David Rutter, VP and Executive Producer. “We have never been as excited as we are today about the future of football and the experiences we are going to deliver in FIFA 17.”
Basically, it’s going to look as slick as a freshly-watered Wembley turf.
No Lionel Messi
The Barcelona star has been on the cover of FIFA for the past four years, but with his EA contract now up the mantle will be passed over to new blood. Step forward James Rodriguez of Real Madrid, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, Anthony Martial from Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus.
The full game reveal is being teased for June 12, and it’s likely that not all of the above will make the game cover itself. Eagle-eyed viewers will have spotted Harry Kane doing some motion capture work, too. Regardless, all of these are better options than Jordan Henderson, who somehow landed on the cover of FIFA 16 alongside Messi.
A voiceover from The Special One guides this trailer, and there’s even a brief touchline shot of him in FIFA form (hit pause at 32 seconds). Football Manager will always be king of the management sim, but could Mourinho’s presence suggest a more robust career mode?
A long shot, but maybe Mourinho could make history and become the first manager to grace the cover of FIFA?