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FIFA 12 3DS Only Features Local Multiplayer

by Neal Ronaghan - May 16, 2011, 10:18 pm PDT
Total comments: 5 Source: (Press Release)

Despite previous reports, FIFA's 3DS debut won't have online.

FIFA 12 on 3DS will only have local multiplayer, contrary to the game's announcement press release, which said it would have "head-to-head online matches using Nintendo Wi-Fi connection."

Producer Matt Prior said in a forthcoming Nintendo World Report interview that "Currently, we only have local head-to-head play, but server-based online is certainly something we would be looking at in the future."

FIFA 12 will also not make use of StreetPass, SpotPass, or the majority of 3DS-exclusive features. Prior is optimistic that future iterations of the game will use the features, though.

Developed by EA Canada, the game will feature more than 500 licensed clubs, and a variety of modes including 3D Street Soccer and Be A Pro. It is set for a fall 2011 release.

EA Sports Unveils Touch Screen Controls For FIFA Soccer 12 On Nintendo 3DS

New game features the first ever 3D Street Soccer Mode and the most authentic teams and players in any soccer title.

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – May 10, 2011 – Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) today announced that EA SPORTS™ FIFA Soccer 12 will deliver the most authentic, innovative and feature-rich 3D soccer experience on Nintendo 3DS™ when the game launches this fall. FIFA Soccer 12  on Nintendo 3DS will feature over 500 officially licensed clubs, new touch screen controls that will change the gameplay experience, and the first-ever 3D Street Soccer. With eight different game modes, it is the largest feature set ever developed by EA SPORTS for a hand-held soccer game.

Take to the pitch with superstars like Real Madrid’s Kaká and Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney, and become a true marksman using all-new optional touch screen controls.  Enjoy precision shooting by picking a spot precisely from the player’s viewpoint using the lower touch screen and then finessing a shot with pinpoint accuracy. Utilize touch screen controls on set pieces to draw a shot that curves the ball around, or even power it over the wall for the match-winning goal that lifts your club to victory.

“We challenged our development team to develop innovative features that would maximize the FIFA experience on 3DS. They delivered intuitive new touch screen controls and a curved pitch in our Street mode that truly brings the 3D elements to life,” said Matt Prior, Producer for FIFA Soccer 12 on Nintendo 3DS. “When you combine these features and many other innovations with all the authentic players and kits for the upcoming season, we are confident that this will be the best soccer game available on Nintendo 3DS.”

Whether fans choose to take to the pitch as a real-world superstar or re-create themselves in the first-ever 3D Street Soccer mode, the environment will come alive through an innovative curved pitch and unique lower camera view that maximizes 3D planes, enabling gamers to experience the depth of the field and player movement with full 3D effects. Featuring players wearing the latest street gear, the stage will be set for epic 5 versus 5 matches in exotic street locales and indoor environments that are true to the spirit of street soccer. Plus, in Be A Pro, fans will be able to take their created player on a journey from the streets to ultimately compete for their favourite club and national side and become the next soccer legend.

FIFA Soccer 12 on Nintendo 3DS will feature fully authentic 11 versus 11 gameplay, head-to-head online matches using Nintendo® Wi-Fi connection, Tournament Mode with over 50 real-world competitions, a full in-depth Career Mode that enables gamers to play or manage their way to glory, 3D Street Soccer, Be A Pro and a Training Mode. It also features eight different camera angles to choose from for the perfect view of the pitch.

FIFA Soccer 12 will be available in stores world-wide this fall for Nintendo 3DS and is being developed by EA SPORTS at EA Canada in Burnaby, B.C. The game has not yet been rated.


The_Darkest_RedMay 17, 2011

This seems kind of inexcusable to me, especially considering how fully featured SSFIV 3D (a launch game) was. It's hard for me to justify buying this when I know that future versions will have a feature that is fairly critical to the FIFA experience (not to mention that I would probably rather play the game on a console anyway). Maybe next year, EA.

ShyGuyMay 17, 2011

They wouldn't get away with this baloney on the NGP.

CericMay 17, 2011

Quote from: ShyGuy

They wouldn't get away with this baloney on the NGP.

I know.  The Neo Geo Pocket wouldn't stand for it.

BlackNMild2k1May 17, 2011

Let me guess, it's also not in 3D, does not use the touch screen and requires a PSP to play.

CericMay 17, 2011

Quote from: BlackNMild2k1

Let me guess, it's also not in 3D, does not use the touch screen and requires a Portable Optical Media to play.

More marketing correct :D

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