EA claims World Cup

Publisher returns to the pitch after brief absence with 2006 FIFA World Cup on all platforms.

It's been less than five months since Electronic Arts released FIFA 06 for current-gen consoles and handhelds, less than four months since FIFA 06: Road to FIFA World Cup launched alongside the Xbox 360, and less than a week since FIFA Street 2 hit stores. But EA's not about to rest the most important license in the world's most popular sport.

The publisher today announced the development of 2006 FIFA World Cup for the Xbox 360, Xbox, PlayStation 2, GameCube, PC, GameBoy Advance, Nintendo DS, and the PSP, all slated to arrive in April. The 2006 World Cup begins June 9 as host country Germany takes on Costa Rica in the first match.

New features for the World Cup edition of EA's soccer sim include a dozen official stadiums that will be used in this year's competition in Germany, as well as stadiums from each qualifying region. EA is also promising enhanced animations, with 127 national teams and the individual likenesses and playing styles of nearly 100 international soccer stars. The game also includes unlockable stars from past years, and a Global Challenge mode that tests how players can fare in re-creations of classic World Cup moments.

2006 FIFA World Cup will also be available for download to mobile phones. North American carriers will offer English and Spanish versions of the game, which will feature all 32 teams in Cup competition.

2006 FIFA World Cup is rated E for Everyone and was developed by EA Canada, the same studio behind EA's other recent FIFA titles.

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29 comments
Atkins-175
Atkins-175

Actually WE is crap. The best players from around the world couldnt even contorl the ball propley!

PazUSA
PazUSA

It'll suck - so sick of EA's milking the Fifa franchise to death. It's just really old now and their 360 title was an absolute disgrace. Winning Eleven is so much better.

EvolutiionHHH
EvolutiionHHH

120 National Teams? WOW, looks like it has as much National Teams as FIFA 2002 which was my last and favorite FIFA game ever, I might just buy this game

automaticsnake
automaticsnake

Fifa games always have bad gameplay. I rather have Winning Eleven 9.

wonderboy_46
wonderboy_46

What the hell is wrong with all you FIFA lovers! Pro Evo is a far better game. It's just way more like REAL football. Not EA's arcadey trash!

aatish_n
aatish_n

3 soccer games in like 4 months.....isnt that going a little overboard?

matttrd
matttrd

I just know that it will be another poor World Cup game. "sigh"

timinator18
timinator18

i want fifa street 2. screw this one. theyre all the same.

piugo
piugo

I hope they have as unlockable maradona pele and the others

gibb1
gibb1

Konami should have claimed the license

real_nimrod
real_nimrod

you'd have thought having all that experience and money would help EA make a game nearly as good as PES - it hasn't happened yet, but one day...one day

niko44
niko44

hmmm let's see how it turns out in the ds...

JJfutbol
JJfutbol

FIFA WC2002 rocked the house!! It was colorful and just so much fun. I'm sure this one will just blow us away! Can't wait for it. I'll be buying it on release. I can see it now Argentina (me) vs. Brazil (my best friend). Let the hate flow. :)

Gaara79
Gaara79

I'll just save that money for the 360 Pro Evo thank you...

abdu4
abdu4

cant wait to see what they actually deliver

wingchunstudent
wingchunstudent

what about winning 11, now there's a great futbol game

79th_Warrior
79th_Warrior

I might buy it just because it features 120 national teams, if those teams do not appear there it is gonna be another $50 dollar rip off as all the fifa world cups have been.

The_Daw
The_Daw

Those who bought the original probably feel ripped off now.

Heathcliff
Heathcliff

It's a painful wait until June 9. And thanks to EA, that long wait is now more bearable.

thefjk
thefjk

Pro Evolution, FIFA, FIFA Street I just play em ALL!

pedjan
pedjan

I preffer Pro Evo

snake3rules
snake3rules

My favorite soccer game was their last version of this game, the 2002 world cup. Add in the new modes, etc. and color me excited!

anonymus_pe
anonymus_pe

whatever i dont really care, fun games and all.

ramok2k
ramok2k

who cares winning is better!!

Bazza123rocky
Bazza123rocky

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