Last year’s FIFA 16 introduced some significant changes to the massively popular football simulation series. Not only did it it introduce playable female footballers for the very first time in series’ history, but the game also added new mode FIFA Ultimate Team Draft and made significant changes to the longstanding career mode (such as the ability to take part in pre-season tournaments, instead of plain ol’ friendlies).
With FIFA 16 offering such big steps forward, it begged the question of how FIFA 17 would be able to deliver something more and hold off rival footie series Pro Evolution Soccer which has been gaining fans thanks to its free to play version. But at E3 2016, EA offered an impressive answer: FIFA 17 will feature a story mode.
FIFA 17 The Journey Trailer via EA SPORTS FIFA
FIFA 17 Story Mode Announced
According to the new trailer that EA showed off during its E3 press conference, the FIFA 17 story mode (officially called ‘The Journey’) will put players into the super-talented football boots of a lad named Alex Hunter.
A rising star in the football world, Alex Hunter can play for any club in the English Premier League (though the trailer shows him playing for Manchester United) as he hopes to become the best there ever was and impress the league’s managers (Jurgen Klopp, Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger and Pep Guardiola all feature).
Moreover, during the company’s E3 press conference, EA exec Peter Moore said that in the FIFA 17 story mode, players will “live in real football worlds and meet characters full of depth and animation.”
Indeed, it’s not just Alex’s performance on the pitch that will count, as his actions off of the pitch will also “change what happens next and how other characters react to you,” with one example of this feature being a Mass Effect-style dialogue wheel as players can choose what Alex says in post-game interviews.
EA is also referring to The Journey game mode as a “true-to-life experience,” and with good reason. In addition to enlisting the likes of Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Dele Alli and Reece Oxford as consultants on the mode, FIFA 17 is also powered by the Frostbite game engine (the same game engine that powers Mass Effect Andromeda).
This means that FIFA looks better than ever before and it gives the development team the power to feature things such as the team plane, tunnels, locker rooms and even the manager’s office.
Outside of FIFA 17’s new story mode, EA is also promising more gameplay improvements to things such as set-pieces, physical play, AI and attacking techniques. An Instagram post from Andrine Stolsmo Hegerberg also suggests that the Norwegian women’s football team will be added this year, joining the likes of the US and Canada, though EA has yet to confirm this.
FIFA 17 will be released on September 29 on PC, PS3, PS4 , Xbox 360and Xbox One.