Video games company Electronic Arts is bringing the excitement of the FIFA World Cup into gamers' living rooms with its new sports title EA Sports 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.
The only officially licensed video game for the international soccer tournament, 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil features what the company calls "the deepest set of game modes ever in an EA Sports tournament title".
The game will feature a number of innovations and improvements to the previously-released FIFA 14 video game, putting players in control of their nation's fate. From the ability to accelerate, decelerate and change direction quickly both on and off the ball, to the new player control feature for dribbling and passing - the game is designed to allow fans to feel the athleticism and skill of their national football icons. Furthermore, the new game will have 100 new player animations, including passing, saves and penalty kicks
2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil will come packed with 203 national teams, 7,469 players, 19 officially licensed managers and 21 new stadiums, including all 12 authentic stadiums from Brazil. Each team will also have their own in-game fan support with crowd scenes such as banners, flags and seat cards in the stadium.
In addition to standard one-off play, the new game will also have a game mode called "Road to the FIFA World Cup." It's a tournament mode in which players can choose from 203 national teams and play with one to 32 players locally through the qualifying rounds and on to the group stages of the FIFA World Cup. Along the way, fans can get tournament updates from EA Sports' in-game talk radio show featuring the talents of Ian Darke and Andy Goldstein, or Roger Bennett and Michael Davies (Men in Blazers), with more than 50 hours of recorded content to stay up to date on all the action.
For those who want to celebrate the tournament online, another mode called "Road to Rio de Janeiro" is an all-new play option that allows players to win their way across a map of Brazil's 12 host cities in licensed and authentic stadiums.
EA Sports 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil is in development at EA Canada in Vancouver and will be available for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on April 15. The ESRB has rated the title "E for Everyone".
As far as can be told, there is no next-gen version of this game in development.