Wii U Left Out Of Another Major Sports Release With FIFA 14

Wii U Left Out Of Another Major Sports Release With FIFA 14

The first details on FIFA 14 point to continued refinement of the gameplay in EA Sports’ top-selling, critically acclaimed football franchise. But what wasn’t announced also is noteworthy.

FIFA 14 is, so far, slated to release for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC — with “additional platforms” to be announced later. That most likely means a PlayStation 4 and new Xbox version at the launch of those consoles, rather than Wii U — a console absent from Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14, as well as the upcoming NCAA Football 14 and NHL 14.

For those with the 360, PS3 or PC, the most distinctive all-new feature discussed was a “Global Scouting Network” to assist your career mode club in a year-round search for talent. “Scouts can evaluate footballers all over the world to uncover the attributes and traits of every player in the game, in preparation for the transfer windows,” a news release said.

Other bullet points dealt largely with in-game enhancements, such as another upgrade to teammate intelligence and ball physics, ballhandling maneuvers like protecting the ball, sprint dribble turns, and variable touches while dribbling, which brings each player’s skill at dribbling and running more into play.

“Pure Shot” is the big sales pitch at this stage, and it promises players will auto-adjust their stride and angle to try to find the best target when shooting on goal. That, combined with new shot animations, are meant to make finishing a more exhilirating experience, properly capping off the tension building up through a scoring opportunity.

A specific release date was not announced but the game typically arrives at the end of September. Eight additional screenshots were released; they are below. For EA Sports’ full statement on FIFA 14, see here.

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  • Given how FIFA 13 sold on Wii / Wii U compared to the PS3 / 360 versions, I think it’s pretty obvious that Wii / Wii U owners don’t want FIFA, so not much point making a version that won’t sell.

    • Actually, the Wii U version of FIFA 13 was a six month port job which was actually based on FIFA 12. Noone bought it because it was trash. EA will continue to snub the console over their Origin storefront butthurt until the shareholders force them to take notice. Good times.

    • I bought FIFA 13 with my Wii U, and was annoyed to find that (to quote IGN): “FIFA 13 shares very little with FIFA 13 on other platforms. It’s simply not the same game, despite being sold under the same title and using the same box art.” This was supposedly because they didn’t have time to put in both the Wii U specific features AND the new things the other versions received. Unfortunately I also found that the Wii U features were very badly explained in game, and could not work out how to use most of them effectively.

      So it was an inferior version with some added bells and whistles, most people probably knew this, and it sold accordingly. It’s a shame that EA is not willing to put in the effort to make a version that might actually be good enough to sell well.

  • well the Wii version was Fifa12 reskinned with new kits.

    The WiiU version was every bit as good as the other 3 platforms, but had a bunch of hard lockups so took it back.

  • FIFA hasnt been on a Nintendo console in over a decade. Every release has been a completely different game to what most people consider FIFA. The last title i can think of that was nearly identical was FIFA 98 on the N64.

  • a) It used to be that not having support from EA meant you’re console was doomed, given what EA is like now it’s probably a good thing for Nintendo that they aren’t on the WiiU

    b) FIFA is basically a magnet for hackers, thieves and shonks as I can personally attest after having my XBL account hacked so someone could buy add-ons for FIFA (I game I had never played) using my M$ points (thankfully refunded by M$ who were gracious – pity they didn’t sue EA for the money) Again not having it on your console is probably a good thing.

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