The first sneak at newest installment of EA Sports oldest sport franchise gave us a fresh delight. FIFA 16 will arrive with twelve all-female international teams. The squads chosen for this first approach are: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, and the United States of America. The ones selected respond to a mix of market and importance. USA, Brazil and Germany are between the most important and relevant.
David Rutter (FIFA VP and GM) explained that they have been working the idea since a couple of years now and it seem like the right move to make. Football/soccer is a sport well received in both genres, and it has grown a lot over the last two decades as an equality issue. So, why not?
While they are starting with just a few teams, it’s a huge step given in the right direction, and maybe in the future, there will be a lot more female squads to choose.
EA have developed the female teams (the players, the movements) with the same rigor they apply to the male ones. So we can expect to recognize players like Alex Morgan or Steph Houghton at first sight.
Now, it’s true that FIFA its not the first soccer/football to include women (Mia Hamm 64 Soccer and UEFA Dream Soccer did it before), but it’s the first with this level of relevance in gaming world. Will Konami take that risk with PES? Hopefully.
We should be glad with this news.
FIFA will be out on september 22th.