FIFA 10 bumped to October 20

[UPDATE] EA Sports NA multiplatform release of annual soccer sim arriving three weeks after Euro launch; Blanco, Kljestan, Lampard named to cover

EA Sports is well aware that soccer (also read: football) enjoys the bulk of its popularity abroad. As such, the publisher has taken to naming regional heroes to the cover of its annual footie sim, FIFA Soccer. As such, the publisher said last week that Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, Arsenal's Theo Walcott, and Chelsea's Frank Lampard would front the cover of FIFA 10 in the UK.

Blanco, Kljestan, and Lampard, in various states of enthusiasm.

Today, EA Sports teased out the aforementioned dynamos' North American equivalents, saying Major League Soccer stars Cuauhtemoc Blanco of Chicago Fire and Sacha Kljestan of Chivas USA will appear on the cover of FIFA 10 in North America. The North American athletes will be joined by Lampard, who EA Sports noted will be featured on the game's cover globally.

A five-time MVP of the Mexican Premier League and two-time MLS All-Star, Blanco joined the Chicago Fire as midfielder in 2007. Also a prominent MLS athlete, Kljestan led Chivas USA in 2008, earning team MVP with the most goals scored on the year. Earning his international cover-star status, Chelsea's Lampard is only the second English Premier League midfielder to have scored more than 100 career goals.

Along with revealing the box art for FIFA 10, EA Sports also noted that the game is now expected to arrive in North America on October 20, nearly three weeks after its previously announced international release of October 2.

[UPDATE] Following the publication of this article, EA Sports clarified the release schedule of FIFA 10 in Europe, saying that the game remains on track to release in the region on October 2.

In development at EA Canada, FIFA 10 will be available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PSP, Wii, DS, and PC. For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of FIFA 10.

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75 comments
grimmreaperr666
grimmreaperr666

i was hoping 4 proper graphics ...not cartoon. I mite go 2 pes this year unless ea does somethin special to bring me back to fifa

grimmreaperr666
grimmreaperr666

i was hoping for proper graphics......not bloody cartoons. I think i might turn to pes this year unless ea dus somethin really special to bring me back

sanim02
sanim02

Damnit I was hoping for Steven Gerrard or Fernando Torres instead of Walcott..-_-

TuTu528
TuTu528

BOOOOOOOOO man fifa is one of my favorite games, why do they get it earlier???? And the only reason ronaldinho was on the front was because he was and always will be, a BEAST!

AirPortugall
AirPortugall

I'm just happy that there's no Ronaldinho on the cover - man is he ever ugly lol

kenshin911
kenshin911

not fair ea you should stop doing that sending us the game 3 weeks later.... we want it the same day

crazycheese45
crazycheese45

I'd rather see good European players on the cover than two mls players

AxlRoseIsMyDad
AxlRoseIsMyDad

Glad to see Cuauhtemoc Blanco. :D and why the **** is lampard there!!?? We wan't WAYNE ROONEY, not lampard god damn it :x!!!

BigBangBear
BigBangBear

Would love to have seen DeRosario on the cover representing Canada. He is a good enough player to represent MLS in general not just Canada.

ThursdayFc
ThursdayFc

The one thing i don't like on the cover, Fifa soccer 10 wtf why can ea just put Fifa 10. Football International Federation Association 2010.

QcamBer
QcamBer

Fusion_Master, i think youl get the ugly one that we will get lol tis like the cover disgner died or somthing, so they give the guy who brings coffe to do this cover :P at list the players at the uk cover are more great then the us =D

deoxyschaser
deoxyschaser

cool having a day of school 2 get this game but now i have to wait an extra 18 days! omg what day do i take of now 2nd october or 20th october

Fusion_Master
Fusion_Master

@JunglemanchiId - Scored a Hattrick for England? ---- Who's gonna be on the Aussie cover? Are we just going to have the same cover as the UK?

bgphil08
bgphil08

Schelotto should have been on the cover

JunglemanchiId
JunglemanchiId

On a cover in the UK, 3 English players...great.... What has Walcott done to deserve a place on the box?

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

Already pre-ordered!! :D Thank you, EA!

frazzle00
frazzle00

Americans have a football league !? :P

DarylJ100
DarylJ100

looking good but nothing about be a pro it must be taken out !!

fps_d0minat0r
fps_d0minat0r

their lacking that realistic filter that PES has.....probably the only good thing about PES 2009 lol. hopefully they'll both be revolutionary this year.

Stitticus
Stitticus

Big names sell games, simple. Personally I don't care which players look up from the cover all I want is for EA to fix the body checking in the game which never results in a foul..it was FIFA 09 not NFL 09;)

DieBrothers
DieBrothers

blanco is a good player he deserved to be on the cover years later. But change kljestan for rooney Viva Mexico Cabrones!!!

SolhZ
SolhZ

There's plenty of people in the US who aren't Eurosnobs and support their local MLS team, and the league as a whole, and are happy to see MLS players on the cover of the North American version.

sidepipes20012
sidepipes20012

So nobody cares that they are pushing this back to Oct. 20. Iam very dissapointed in this. The EPL starts in a week. WTF is going on!!!

tig1979
tig1979

Yes no more Ronaldinho and his teeth plastered everywhere!!! How about some bikini girls on front cover or something though?!! :)

JoshZA
JoshZA

Can't wait for this game :)

xbox4life76
xbox4life76

Blanco and who?? But seriously...us North Americans don't want to see MLS guys on the cover...Put guys who we want to watch, international stars...Ronaldo, Del Piero, Ronaldinho...seriously...though won't affect me buying the game...

criminal-b
criminal-b

@ jasopan did u even read it the cover shown above is just the north american cover there box art is diffrent 2 difrent regions so "your beloved walcott" is stil on the uk cover

ThAdEa82
ThAdEa82

Ouch...right on time for the flood of games coming out

QcamBer
QcamBer

@Seifer-fx demn... this cover is realy ugly :S why!?!?!!?!?!!! :( there are just some white splatter on the sides and in the US cover, well it is awsome! i dont catch why they changed the cover to the uk so dramaticly, i mean all the other EA SPORTS games have the same cover style as the US, and UK (ugly rooney one), well, it is just so ugly... but, what ever, i just hope the ball's speed in this game will be much faster (and realistic...) then the ball in fifa 2009, i could kick and go make me a dinner and go back to see if i missed lol for now, i am waiting for the gameplay day or what ever it is :P sory for my bad english

JB2B
JB2B

Looking forward to it, I'm curious if Fifa can score the 2-1 against PES after it's late equalizer with 09.

Ardiendo
Ardiendo

Who are Blanco and Kljestan?!

jasopan
jasopan

WHat happened to the old cover? My beloved Walcott :(

hot_shot_9
hot_shot_9

Lol, rooney looks crack up on the cover XD Anyway, good cover although i would have perferred it to have arsenals red first kit instead of the 2nd... But ohwell.. Lol, Ronaldinhos time is over

RHISHI_71
RHISHI_71

We want Rooney..... on the cover !!!!!!!!!!!!!

RHISHI_71
RHISHI_71

Walcott, Rooney n Lampard cover was great than new one.....

stewiegriffin20
stewiegriffin20

YES!!!!!!That means I don't have to stare at Rooney's train-wreck of a face.

houdeany
houdeany

and BTW, the cover with the MLS players is for America only, Europe get the cover with Theo Walcott, Wayne Rooney & Frank Lampard.

houdeany
houdeany

@Ramoramoramo Cut your garbage out, every country is aloud to play football.. You are just being ridiculously childish. It doesn't matter is the MLS is not to the standard of European football, they haven't been around for 100 years, like a lot of European clubs. If your going to be a kid about it, don't post.

Chelsea_Utd
Chelsea_Utd

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yanchang17
yanchang17

@digitalgawd Messi is contracted to PES

ramoramoramo
ramoramoramo

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jayji062
jayji062

Nice to have two MLS stars on cover!

digitalgawd
digitalgawd

Messi needs to be on the cover, seriously

cmpepper23
cmpepper23

I liked it much better with Ronaldinho. Lampard = FAIL. Also the MLS players should be Stuart Holden of the Dynamo and De Rosario of Toronto FC.

r3dman1
r3dman1

@Seifer-fx I can tell you why no Liverpool players are on the cover.. Pro Evo has Liverpool license and they obviously focusing on English players therefore you would only have Stevie-G on the cover if Pro Evo didnt have Liverpool license...

rbrignoni
rbrignoni

Can't wait for the yearly release of FIFA. Now this is real Football. :)

Seifer-fx
Seifer-fx

@QcamBer If your in the UK its going to be Lampard, Rooney :( and Walcot. Interesting that they have players from the top english clubs but NO players from Liverpool? Strange as they almost won it last year and have a player that is on par with Lampard in Gerrard.