Publisher: EA Sports
Developer: EA Canada
Platforms: PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC
Release Date: NA - September 27, 2016, WW - September 29, 2016
FIFA 17 is an association soccer (football to the rest of the world) game that is the latest iteration in the long-running FIFA video game series. The game was released on September 27, 2016 in the United States and worldwide on September 29, 2016. EA Access customers were able to get access to the game days earlier and any progress they made in the limited game modes when the full game was released.
There was also a demo on September 13, a few weeks before the full version of FIFA 17 was released. While the game has received mixed reviews for a few of its modes, the company has revealed that FIFA 17 is the fastest selling game in the long running series. After the announcement of the Sony PS4 Pro, EA said it would be ramping up the graphics and look of several of its games including FIFA 17.
FIFA 17 was officially announced on June 6, 2016. As is the case with most of EA’s long-running sports games, the newest iteration in the series was formally announced through a brand new video showing off the look and feel of FIFA 17. One of the reasons the game has a different look than previous iterations is because this is the first time the developers have used the Frostbite Engine in the series.
The development team has talked about just how powerful the Frostbite Engine has been during the creation of the game. The game’s director even said he was a bit surprised at some of the things the new engine has been able to unlock when it comes to building the game.
Shortly after the game was officially announced by one trailer, the new story mode in the game called The Journey was introduced. On August 26, 2016 The Ultimate Team Legends were announced. Some of these players were only made available on the Xbox One and are below:
- Marc Overmars
- Paul Schools
- Jamie Carragher
- Alessandro Del Piero
- Ole Gunnar Solskjær
- Carles Puyol
- Juan Sebastián Verón
- Emmanuel Petit
- Rio Ferdinand
- Luis Hernández
On September 14, 2016 a demo of the game was officially released. Eight days later, EA Access users were able to get access to several other modes in the game. As usual, this version gave players 10 hours of access to the game. The full game was released on September 27, 2016 in North America and world wide two days later.
There are a number of different stories that can be played in FIFA 17. The first story that unfolds in the game is the career mode that is offered on the PS4 and Xbox One as well as the PC. In this career mode, there is something called the Total Club Management which gives players a set of new objectives users must fulfill based upon the team’s board of directors’ priorities. The board’s expectations are laid out using five different categories:
- Domestic Success
- Continental Success
- Brand Exposure
- Youth Development
While none of this has a laid out story the likes of which we see in other story driven games, there is a kind of story that unfolds about the team. The interactions with the board lay out a kind of story as well, as the player who is acting like the top executive for the team is going to interact with the board and accomplish various goals.
The real story mode that has been added to FIFA 17 is The Journey. Users take on the role of Premier League’s next rising star, Alex Hunter. Using this character, players will be able to join any team they want and then follow along a story line that will have Alex go from an unknown to hopefully being a FIFA superstar.
The FIFA 17 developers have said they worked hard to revamp the way the game works. Among the new features in this version of the long running series is a brand new system that introduces constant spatial analysis as well as increasing activity off the ball. The new system changes the way players move, read, and react on the field in order to make it look that much more realistic.
The new system also supposedly given the people who play the game more control over every little aspect of the game. This includes battling for space and position when the ball is coming your players’ way. The developers have also revamped the way players in the game move and react when users are going for the goal. For fans of a more realistic game play, changes to things like the penalty kick will be welcomed additions. Players in this year’s version are able to change the starting point and the angle of attack when carrying out a penalty kick.
Mechanics in the game have been changed in a number of other ways in order to make FIFA 17 feel like players of the title feel like they’re on the pitch. In the new story mode, The Journey, the game is using a storywheel dialog system that has been seen in other games such as the Mass Effect franchise. The story wheel changes the way The Journey unfolds off the field for Alex Hunter.
The teams that are included in FIFA is quite an expansive list. There are more than 30 different leagues in total and in those leagues more than 650 teams have been included in this version of the game. One addition which was just put into the series in the FIFA 16 is the inclusion of women’s national teams. Those teams make a return in FIFA 17. The entire list of women’s national teams that are included in FIFA 17 are:
- China PR
- United States
One team that was expected to be included in the game but has been left out, at least for now, is Team Iceland. The people who run the team had a bit of an argument with EA Sports over how much money they were going to get paid for the rights to the team.
Note: This wiki will be updated once we have more information about the game