After their historic 2015 Women’s World Cup victory, the U.S. Women’s National Team continued to make history (e.g. NYC Ticker Tape Parade, 25 different Sports Illustrated covers). And with yesterday’s demo release of FIFA 16, which for the first time in FIFA franchise videogame history will include 12 Women’s National Teams including Team USA, they now have yet another first to add to their list.
Developed under the EA SPORTS brand, the FIFA franchise is the most popular sports videogame in the world with over 100 million units sold (it’s localized into 18 languages and sold in 51 countries). FIFA 16 is the latest release in the top-selling series and it’s the very first to include a number of the Women’s National Teams, enabling fans to play as some of soccer’s biggest female stars like USA’s Alex Morgan and England’s Stephanie Houghton.
FIFA 16 gamers can choose from 12 women’s teams – Germany, USA, France, Sweden, England, Brazil, Canada, Australia, Spain, China, Italy, Mexico – and compete in Match Day, an Offline Tournament, and Online Friendly Matches. But, if anyone was hoping to pit the women against the men, it’s not gonna happen… just like it never does in real FIFA life. EA Sports made it so the Women’s National Teams can only compete against other Women’s National Teams.
And in channeling their inner Megan Rapinoe or Sydney Leroux, gamers can be assured of total authenticity. To recreate the likeness, body movements and playing styles of the women for FIFA 16 so they look and move just like they do during real competition, every player from each of the 12 teams featured had to be head scanned, body mapped, and 3D modeled. Awesome!
Of the historic inclusion of women’s teams in FIFA 16, Team USWNT’s Alex Morgan, who played video games growing up, said “I always wondered what it would be like to see our team in the game and it is very cool to know that it is now a reality.”
While you can only access a demo of the game now, FIFA 16 will be available starting September 22 in North America for PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3.
In the meantime, here’s a preview of the women of FIFA 16 in action…