EA Attempts to Justify Selling Last Year's FIFA as a New Game
Posted by Damien McFerran
Money for old rope
"Year on year, Wii has just dropped, and clearly we don’t make games for it anymore,” said Electronic Arts chief operating officer Peter Moore in a recent interview. Moore's words are turning out to have more truth to them than you might imagine, especially if the recent FIFA 13 on Wii is anything to go by.
Purchasers of the game have noticed a rather worrying feature - it's actually the same game as last year's edition, with very minor changes like a different title screen, new music and, er, slightly different socks.
Wired decided to probe EA regarding this shocking turn of events, and got a rather neutral reply:
In a comment emailed to Wired, an Electronic Arts spokesperson mostly dodged the question, saying that FIFA 13 has “the same great gameplay” and that EA “felt it was important to continue to offer fans the opportunity to play an authentic football experience on Wii.”
Although it's just another sports game in North America, FIFA is a massive seller elsewhere in the world. Across all formats, FIFA 13 has shifted an amazing 4.5 million copies in just 5 days, inspiring EA to brand it the biggest launch in the history of sports games.
Below is the shocking evidence - FIFA 12 screens compared to FIFA 13 screens, as grabbed by Nintendo Gamer: