Sorry, Master Race. That superduper Ignite Engine that EA Sports is bringing to its next-generation games? Yeah, it’s not going to power any upcoming PC version of FIFA. That’s per FIFA community manager Rob Hodson, who had this to say on Twitter.
Clarification for the PC related questions earlier – EA SPORTS IGNITE will power FIFA 14 on Xbox One and PS4, not PC http://t.co/8z8N18rJ0E— Rob Hodson (@RobHodson_) May 21, 2013
Naturally, PC gamers did not react well.
@denis_fdrv there's no trick. Ignite isn't powering it, plain and simple. (even if it's disappointing for you)— Rob Hodson (@RobHodson_) May 22, 2013
The truth is that PC has been a dying sports constituency for years, primarily in North America. Of licensed sports simulation titles, the ones folks commonly associate with the genre, F1 2012, Pro Evolution Soccer 2013, FIFA 13, NBA 2K13 and MLB 2K12 published for PC last year. (MLB 2K13 did not have a PC version this year.)
Madden NFL elected to stop publishing on PC back in 2008, a choice that’s marked the platform’s declining relevance in sports. Since then what strength it does have in the genre lies largely in management simulations like Football Manager, Out of the Park Baseball or Sega’s MLB Manager Online.