EA Sports introduces Football Club Match Day

The real world soccer season to be directly connected to FIFA Soccer 13- complete with in game commentary about recent happenings in the sport.

EA Sports Football Club Match Day doesn’t sound like all that much when you first hear it. A feature that connects real life news into a sports game isn’t really ‘new’ as games have had tickers that display breaking news for a few years now.

But here’s the kick- EA’s FCMD feature actually introduces real world injuries, suspensions, and more into the game of FIFA 13 that you’re playing. And not only will the commentary team reflect what’s going on outside of the digital domain, but it’ll actually “play out in-game” as well, via each player’s personal stats.

“This is a huge technological innovation that will make every match feel like a seamless extension of the headlines ripped from the sports pages around the world,” said David Rutter, Executive Producer of FIFA Soccer 13. “There is nothing bigger in the world of sports than match day. It brings together the emotions, passion and drama of the world’s sport for players, pundits, managers and fans alike. We are going to capture that experience and bring it to life in-game.”

Through EA SPORTS Football Club Match Day, fans will be following the heartbeat of soccer and their favourite club. Real-world fixtures and upcoming clashes of their favourite club in the top leagues will enable them to play right along with the beats of the season. Player form—displayed in detail within the team management screens—will change frequently, so players in form, or players struggling to keep form, will see their stats change throughout the season based on their real-world performances. Plus, Games of the Week will highlight the top global matchups for fans to enjoy.

That’s some pretty cool stuff that definitely brings something new to the game. I’m excited to see just how the system will work and how seamless it’s implementation will be. If it lives up to the billing, Football Club Match Day (or its equivalent in other league’s games) might just be the next big thing in bringing further realism to sports videogames.

FIFA Soccer 13 will be out in North America on 25th and available on the 28th in the rest of the world

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