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For the first time in the franchise, women’s teams will be available in the FIFA video game series. FIFA 16 is introducing teams from the Women’s National Teams, with the Women’s National Teams only playing against other Women’s National Teams.
There will be a total of 12 teams in FIFA 16: Germany, USA, France, Sweden, England, Brazil, Canada, Australia, Spain, China, Italy, and Mexico. The teams are available in the Match Play, Offline Tournament, and Online Friendly Match modes.
EA Sports went ahead and showed us how they took scans to make the players look as realistic as possible for FIFA 16, and also interviewed Team USA’s Alex Morgan for the game, in lieu of the Women’s World Cup 2015 Finals.
The release video for FIFA 16 introduced the women using the hashtag #inthegame, stating that the women aren’t just on the sideline, but are on the field as well. As one of the most popular sports games out on the market, introducing Women’s National Teams gives FIFA 16 a rather large edge in the genre now compared to the other sports games.
This kind of news could see the inclusion of the WNBA teams in 2K games, and maybe even a standalone softball sports game. This, as well as the announcement of Guerilla Games’ PS4 exclusive Horizon: Zero Dawn, with its female protagonist, Aloy, gives more of a female presence in video games itself. This could make the typical 30-something white male with brown hair (cough, cough, Nathan Drake, cough, cough) less of a staple, giving more diversity to the genre as a whole.
FIFA 16 is set for release on PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4 on September 25, 2015.
What do you think of the addition of the Women’s National Teams in FIFA 16? Do you think this addition will seep into other sports games in the coming years? What team are you looking forward to use the most in FIFA 16? Let us know in the comments below!
By: Cody Dunmire
Edited by: Emily Deaton
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