Electronic Arts had teased earlier this week that it was going to announce a big new feature for FIFA 16. Today the company unveiled a truly new feature that has never been featured in the series before. FIFA 16 will have the addition of 12 international women’s teams in the game.
Among the teams that will be included will be the English team and that squad’s captain, Steph Houghton spoke about her excitement of being in the game saying: “The whole team are thrilled to be included in EA SPORTS FIFA 16. It’s a really exciting year for women’s football with the forthcoming World Cup and to find out we will be included in FIFA for the first time is a special feeling. To be one of the first female players included in the game is something we’ll always be able to look back on and be proud of. Hopefully it will help raise the profile of the women’s game even further. Quite a few of us in the team play FIFA so I’m sure there will be a bit of banter about our ratings and a few extra competitive games while we’re away in Canada…. I’m looking forward to scoring as myself for the first time!”
It certainly makes sense for the English team to be included in the game considering just how popular the FIFA series is in the UK. When talking about weekly sales charts, those games generally float around the top five or 10 for months after they’re released. FIFA 16 will be released later this fall.