FIFA 12 signs ex-England striker Alan Smith as new commentator

Former England standout working alongside Martin Tyler in virtual broadcasting booth for this year's soccer sim; embattled Andy Gray not returning.

Last year, EA Sports released two FIFA titles: FIFA 11 and 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. Both sold millions of copies and boasted voice work by Andy Gray and Martin Tyler. Today, the sports studio announced a changeup in the virtual broadcasting booth.

EA Sports has sent word that Alan Smith--a former Leicester, Arsenal, and England striker--will join longstanding commentator Martin Tyler as one of FIFA 12's in-game broadcasters. Smith takes over for Andy Gray, the longstanding FIFA commentator who was fired from his post at Sky Sports for sexist remarks he made earlier this year.

FIFA 12 gets new voice talent in the way of former England striker Alan Smith.

The changes to FIFA 12's broadcast component don't stop with the addition of Smith alone. Ten thousand lines of new dialogue are promised for the game, and there will be two distinct English broadcast teams.

Clive Tyldesley and Andy Townsend will operate apart from Tyler and Smith, and they will call tournament matches. Additionally, gamers will be able to customize the game audio as they see fit, with the ability to choose between either Smith and Tyler or Tyldesley and Townsend.

For FIFA 12--due out September 27--EA Sports emphasized that it will be delivering an identical gaming experience on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. This promise is particularly meaningful for PC gamers, with EA Sports noting that FIFA 12 on desktop platforms will include the Player Impact Engine. This inclusion will offer PC gamers improved player physics and other technical features found in the console versions.

As for new features impacting all three versions, EA Sports has revisited dribbling mechanics in an effort to deliver a more realistic touch on the ball. Defense has likewise been tweaked, with a greater emphasis being placed on position play and ball interception. The publisher is also introducing the EA Sports Football Club feature, a free service that offers news and updates on the real-world sport.

EA Sports also said that it has updated the game's Career mode. With FIFA 12, players will be able to live out storylines taken from real-world events. Career mode also boasts more than 500 officially licensed clubs.

Fore more on EA Sports' newest soccer sim, check out GameSpot's preview of FIFA 12.

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16 comments
CWSoccer07
CWSoccer07

Alan Smith? Really? That's the best option available? I like that fact they have two sets of English commentators now. I would have preferred to see Adrian Healey or Ian Darke as one of the commentators paired with some other color-commentator. I was really getting tired of Andy Gray though.

GibbetSt-Slashr
GibbetSt-Slashr

keys and grey have been quietly dropped from 'talkSPORT's mid-morning slot an' all---HAHAHAHA. I laughed until I stopped. Those two are pathetic, bring back porky parry.

LeoLex_
LeoLex_

Andy Grey's career is deader than disco....

liam82517
liam82517

Good! Andy Grey is annoying as hell. Hated having to listen to him on sky. The guy is an absolute joke.

jjness80
jjness80

I agree with iEatToothpicks in that PES is crap and has been crap on this generation of consoles. But to tell them to just go away isn't the answer, u have to have competition other wise u get a monopoly like Maddden and look how that game has been for the last few years.....crap. The only reason FIFA stepped up they're game is cuz PES was taking such a big portion of customers and was growing. Now im a FIFA fan, which 2 yrs ago thought i would never be, and love the game cuz its simply the best footy game out there.

iEatToothpicks
iEatToothpicks

Well, honestly? I've been a FIFA fan since PES sucked arse a few years back, I have actually been playing fifa since way back in the Fifa International Days back in what, 1990s?... This WILL kill PES, there will always be PES fans, And that's good... But this IS the true Football simulator.... There will be no "response" PES has lost the 'realism' it had when EA brought out the big guns and decided to go for a more realistic game... PES has nothing going for it anymore, Die now and hold the respect you have before FIFA destroys you.

ACWH
ACWH

I wonder what Konami's response will be? PES has been crap for some time now and I reckon it needs something big to overhaul Fifa.

shkar
shkar

how about ALAN SHEARER !!!

La_Rhonda
La_Rhonda

I was wondering if EA was going to kick Andy to the curb after what he said and I'm glad he did. Anyway, I hope they fix the glitches with the commentary and I was kinda hoping for more than 2 commentators for the season games. It gets a little old hearing the same voices over and over.

Venom_Raptor
Venom_Raptor

Martin Tyler and Alan Smith? What a horrible pair. I'll definitely choose Clive Tydsley and Andy Townsend!

EPaul
EPaul

I'm Kinda going to miss hearing him but good luck to alan

mrsniper83
mrsniper83

I wonder what andy's remark was that got him fired??

Zeller--
Zeller--

Was hoping for Chris Kamara but Alan Smith is good enough :D Nice that we'll be able to customise the commentary team :)

happy_84k
happy_84k

great additions to the game, I also hope they improve the other languages commentators too.