FIFA 08 to feature 10-player online single matches

Be A Pro feature extended to 10 players online in one match; feature available only to US and European gamers.

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When EA Sports first announced its Be A Pro feature for the upcoming FIFA 08--a new mode which allows players to take control of a single player throughout an entire offline match--many immediately started speculating about the possibility of online matches where entire teams are controlled by real players. It seems EA has come halfway to that ideal, with confirmation today that the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of FIFA 08 will feature five-versus-five play on a single online match.

The Be A Pro Online Team Play mode will be made available as a free download six to eight weeks after FIFA 08's launch, which is set for Q3 2007. This mode locks a gamer into controlling a single, fixed player for the length of an entire match. Up to five "real" players can be on each team, with rest controlled by the game's artificial intelligence. In a press statement, FIFA 08 producer Joe Booth said this was the first step toward a full 11-versus-11 online mode.

Only FIFA 08 owners in the US and Europe will be able to take advantage of Be A Pro Online Team Play mode, however. An EA Australia spokesman said lag was the main factor in locking off competitors from Australia, as dropped connections will result in all players having to restart the Be A Pro Online Team Play mode. One-on-one matches will still be supported for players outside of the US and Europe.

Discussion

89 comments
sanandreas44
sanandreas44

hope in the near future someone can b goalie

realmadrid90
realmadrid90

this is a great idea, but u know what would make it even better is that if u could voice chat then u can communicate

Darth_DuMas
Darth_DuMas

We call wit five aside football in the UK at least. Sounds interesting though.

schevuan
schevuan

thats cool the graphics are amazing i love fifa 08

kewell06
kewell06

It's amazing...cool..!!!

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

I used to dream of this day. I hope I won't encounter British hooligans. lol

Link_tha_Gamer
Link_tha_Gamer

i am no soccer fan but that be a pro stuff sounds pretty sweet

SoupNatsi
SoupNatsi

360 and PS3 versions? This confirms that the PC will get another crappy port of the PS2 version. Thanks EA. Asses.

BigBadBully
BigBadBully

FIFA 08 = must buy now. Argentinas and Lionel Messi, here we go!!!!!

padaporra
padaporra

Great, although here we dont have much support from EA or Microsoft for decents online Matchs, A crime since this is the Country of Football... Whatever... I dont like FIFA, its a crap football game comparing to Pes, hope konami do something like this to it... I need to play with Alexandre Pato and Ronaldo side by side....

kevo14
kevo14

What about the Wii T.T

bigmick07
bigmick07

chickenhounk911, you need to read more about the game, because in this mode the game will be more like first person soccer, and will actually feel alot more like how we actually play in real life. It sounds great, and the teams that people will be chosing have many players that people will want to be

CrimzonTide
CrimzonTide

It would be nice if it has the option to arrange teams, to be able to set up a team who you can depend on.

ghostgmr
ghostgmr

Kudos to EA! What they should really do is update their rosters more frequently!!

ChickenHounk911
ChickenHounk911

This only sounds like a good idea, but in reality, its gonna suck. Everyone is gonna wanna be Beckham, or the popular guy of the team. What if you are stuck playing goalie? Also remember the screen shifts to where the action is, what happens when you cant see your character? Also, you may not get to play for long moments at a time, during this are you just gonna cheer your team on? Lame. To whomever made the FPS comaparison, this is not the same thing. The focal point of a game like this is the ball, the action will shift to where the ball is, thats 2 players playing and 8 human players, watching. To the other guy that said Baseball like this? Are you kidding me?!?!? "Im gonna go take a nap, call me when its my turn to bat!" Gimmie 1 on 1 matches any day, where I control ALL THE ACTION ALL THE TIME.

okassar
okassar

:0,that's a first for the Fifa series and should work out...unless some grudgy people won't pass the ball to their teammates,though that would be a step closer to reality.I think it would be fun playing with 9 other players online in one match(in soccer).

PotatoSan
PotatoSan

Could be cool, could suck. We'll see. I've thought about this before; sports games where you control one player. Fortunately it's a soccer game.... if it was baseball or football or most sports it would be very boring.

nemes1s3000
nemes1s3000

FIFA 2008, EA Sports, 10 player online, Be A Pro,Be A Pro Online Team Play, EA Australia

killakwa
killakwa

lol il just take the control of the center forward and jus go klose on everyone

GarfieldX
GarfieldX

"as dropped connections will result in all players having to restart the Be A Pro Online Team Play mode" Man, this will create a huge problem. If one person for whatever reason has to disconnect (connection too laggy, trips over and turns off system by accident, needs to visit the bathroom for 10 minutes, etc) everybody else is screwed and the game ends. Also, I'm pretty sure this "Be A Pro" feature is in the NBA 2K series of basketball game (probably many other sports game as well). In NBA 2Ks, you can go to the option and set it so that you always play the point guard, center, or whatever position you want to "lock on" to.

kairnz
kairnz

Therefore it works like a real match, where everyone must be disciplined enough the keep shape, set up 2on1's and do what they should do as a defender, midfielder, or striker. If you worry about idiots doing crap on the pitch, I'm sure this problem would be easily solved. Just choose your friends on your team. Lets say you head to the pitch in your neighborhood, surely you'd choose your friends whom u understand and have been playing alongside each other for ages.

L15_eric_Wavo
L15_eric_Wavo

i agree wit DJSMITH007 bt on the other hand it makes da game more life like n if u watch 5 vs. 5 footbal (fusball) den u know dat every player has an nearly equal possession of the ball

dai_t75
dai_t75

While the theory might b good this really isnt gonna work - Think about it if ur player is a defender who is gonna want to do that, every1 is gonna want to go and score goals or do tricks etc which isnt gonna happen if ur controlling a defender. Also ur gonna b playing with some idiots who when they control a defender just run up to the other end of the pitch to try and score a goal anyway - leaving ur defense short. This may work if the 6 AI are the keeper defenders and 1 midfielder, otherwise this is destined to fail.

DJSMITH007
DJSMITH007

Anyway, it will be interesting to see how this turns out, although I think it may get a little boring playing as one player because if you think about it you'll probably touch the ball every thirty seconds and in between that time you'll have to wait for another person to pass you the ball but everyone may be greedy, you'll see what I'm talking about if you watch real football, cause if you follow and individual player on the pitch you notice he doesn't actually touch the ball that much but his team may have a high percentage of the possession.

joeyfine
joeyfine

This could be huge for online sports gaming..

DJSMITH007
DJSMITH007

"That would still leave 10 outfield players left controlled by AI which would "suck in an online match"." In all previous online games it has been only one real person versus 1 real person so therefore there will be many AI at the same time depending on what sports game (Basketball, hockey, football, etc).

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

This feature could be done at any time for any sports game. These player counts are nowhere near the average FPS title online. It's just laziness. Not just on EA's part, but all sports game makers. I think I read that NHL 08 is going to have support for all human players online, so maybe EA is finally spearheading the most logical element for online sports games.

milkweed989
milkweed989

i propose a challange to anyone on gamespot when it comes out and does anyone know if pro evolution will have online functions??? but anywho i challange anyone to a one on one match i am that confident that i am at least in the top 400!

OaTiS16
OaTiS16

actually its Futbol not football or soccer =]

ragincoley86
ragincoley86

About time they did this. Sony should try this with home. I know you can bowl and play card games. Sony needs to put other sports like football/baseball ect in home. You pick a football match or host your own. Load it up with a bunch of options. Each person on home takes up one player on the field.

icepickn
icepickn

God when with this type of play be available for baseball-football- or at least basketball. I been dreaming this feature forever

shadystxxx
shadystxxx

It's about time the nest gen versions had the extra features. I was so annoyed last year when i got fifa 07 and the 360 version did not have interactive leagues.

Ardiendo_1
Ardiendo_1

That would still leave 10 outfield players left controlled by AI which would suck in an online match.

TheUnionFrag
TheUnionFrag

Has EA got a brain at last? I don't like FIFA really, but it seems like they're heading in the right direction. And it's football, not soccer :P.

metaljeff
metaljeff

I don't like Soccer, but I find these types of things interesting.....

jcloverboy
jcloverboy

It's a nice step. NBA and NHL games would probably benefit the most from a feature like this, but soccer games are most important to me when sports are concerned. FIFA 08 is really looking good.

lovea218
lovea218

That is really nice. And it doesn't have to be 11 on 11. If they make it where you can add bots if your team isn't big enough that is great!

SFMrAnderson
SFMrAnderson

Add this ability to Madden and NBA games and we'll be set. 5 vs 5 NBA games would be sweet.

Thomas-Crown
Thomas-Crown

Wow... EA is really thinking this time round. FIFA 08 is going to be great.

ocdog45
ocdog45

thats sick, give online play more valuable.

K4ss3r
K4ss3r

Meh. I doubt it's going to work that well, as they're hoping. To be honest, it'll be hard and take a long time for the teams to assemble, or get into a match, if it ever reaches 11 vs 11..

lendy1
lendy1

Its a good idea but having so many players (10) can be terrible because in a single match could be a player that only touch the ball a few times and that is bad. The game is supost to be enjoyed for every one. In my personal experiense, I used to play 2 vs 2 players in olds versions and beleave me its great!! its needed great sincronisation for score and aboid "out side". I think 5 players will be great but no more players please!!

m_rudis
m_rudis

This sounds awesome!!

Delongman
Delongman

Just hope it works out well... anyways coming back to PES 7...