E3 2011: EA Sports reveals Football Club social platform for FIFA 12 and onwards
Game is 'barely alpha'
EA is onstage at E3 bigging up its latest titles. The news is largely home console-centric, with SSX, Mass Effect 3, and Need for Speed: The Run each getting an impressive trailer. But iPhone and iPad owners are also included thanks to the social features in the inevitable FIFA 12.
EA Sports Football Club, which EA describes as a social platform “at the heart of FIFA”, will come free with FIFA 12 and allow you to maintain a consistent in-game identity across platforms and future iterations.
You'll start off by choosing a team, and as you play you'll gain XP, allowing you to compare yourself with your friends and the FIFA-playing global population generally via leaderboards. The cumulative XP of all the players representing the same team as you will determine your team's position on the leaderboard.
To keep it all fresh, EA will add challenges and “storylines” every week based on footballing events in the real world.
Football Club is part of EA's Origin platform, which the company announced last week. EA rather grandiosely describes it as, “bigger, more social, and more connected than anything ever done in video games.”