A month away from release and the first FIFA game in ages to feature a new engine? And Frostbite to boot? I’m in! As much as I loved FIFA 16 last year, I felt the gameplay stagnate, and having played every year since 2008, feel this new entry has the potential to reinvigorate my love for the game. I’m cautiously optimistic about FIFA 17, I know regardless, if it’s not stellar, it will at least be great!
“This is a revolutionary season for EA SPORTS FIFA,” said David Rutter, Electronic Arts GM and Executive Producer. “In June we revealed a new game engine, a deep set of gameplay features and mechanics, and the introduction of an immersive, narrative-driven mode in FIFA 17 The Journey. The response from fans was amazing, and now to announce what will be the biggest season yet in FIFA Ultimate Team and introduce innovation in the most popular modes across the game – we can’t wait for people to play.”
Part of the biggest season yet in Ultimate Team™, FIFA 17 introduces two new ways to play within the franchise’s most popular mode with Squad Building Challenges and FUT Champions. Squad Building Challenges gives fans the opportunity to test their management skills on console or in the FUT 17 companion app, and earn in-game rewards by fulfilling squad requirements with players from their Club. Once the requirements are met, fans can exchange squads in each challenge to redeem rewards. FUT Champions* is a new way for all fans to compete in daily knockout tournaments for in-game rewards and the chance to play in the Weekend League. Once fans make the Weekend League, they will compete to win matches and rank up for rewards. Each Weekend League performance counts, as combined wins help fans rank up the Monthly Leaderboard for the chance to earn the biggest in-game rewards in FUT. Reaching the top spots on the Leaderboard could result in an opportunity to compete in the EA SPORTS Ultimate Team Championship Series** – part of a new competitive gaming platform in FIFA 17 which gives eligible fans a chance to compete*** at the highest level and their share of a $1.3 million USD prize pool.
“The popularity of Ultimate Team, combined with the global nature of the most popular sports franchise on the planet, makes FIFA 17 a very exciting title for a season of competitive gaming like the one we are announcing today,” said Peter Moore, Chief Competition Officer, Electronic Arts. “From qualifying via FUT Champions to competing in the Ultimate Team Championship Series and FIFA Interactive World Cup, we want all players to experience the thrill of competition, and we have a great season ahead for all our fans.”
FIFA Ultimate Team Dynamic Live Service means fans can expect compelling content throughout the season, like fresh new kits and items, chances for big in-game rewards, and more reasons to play than ever before. That starts just after launch with Ones to Watch – a new event in FUT 17 featuring some of this summer’s most notable transfers as season-long, dynamic items. Attributes of Ones to Watch player items increase if the real-world player is named to the Team of the Week, so FUT fans will want to find players who they expect to make an impact at their new club. More on FIFA Ultimate Team: here.
“We know fans of Ultimate Team want more ways to play, more items, more content, and exciting events that deliver big in-game rewards,” said Nick Wlodyka, Senior Producer of FIFA Ultimate Team. “We are excited to show fans some of the new content, kits, and events in plan that will make this season the biggest yet.”
Career Mode* ups its authenticity by innovating on the Financial System to reflect the structure of teams around the world by including your Club Worth, and a detailed breakdown of income and expenses. The stakes are higher in FIFA 17 Career Mode because fans are now expected to meet objectives of their board in Total Club Management, a system based on the team’s personality which sets expectations in five categories: Domestic Success, Continental Success, Brand Exposure, Financial, Youth Development. More on Career Mode: here.
Pro Clubs* introduces a new Player Growth System which delivers a comprehensive new way to develop your player by rewarding teamwork and co-operation based on your match rating. The mode also brings a new level of customization to fans’ Clubs with 24 kit and crest templates that fans can design into their own identity. More on Pro Clubs: here.