After years of campaigning, women’s national teams will be available for the first time in the FIFA games through Electronic Arts Sports with Australia one of the featured nations.
Set to be released later this year, FIFA 16 will see players from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, and the United States of America as playable teams.
“Bringing some of the best women’s players and teams in the world to our franchise is a massive event for EA SPORTS, and we are equally excited about bringing millions of fans a new way to play,” said David Rutter, VP and GM for EA Sports FIFA.
In aiming to create a realistic in-game experience, EA Sports captured the movements of U.S. players Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and Sydney Leroux, as well as Canadian national team players, with a 360-degree body-scanning rig. Meanwhile head scanning technology was utilised to create the detailed facial expressions.
“We’re making sure fans get an authentic experience when playing with women’s national teams thanks to our innovative player capture and reference tools, as well as the sophisticated gameplay platform which we will continue to innovate on in FIFA 16.”
Women’s teams will only be able to play other women’s national teams within the game in “kick off” and tournament mode.
The video game will available on PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3.
The news comes on the eve of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup which kicks off on 6 June.