Female football players will not be making an appearance in EA Sports' upcoming FIFA 14.
Speaking to Kotaku, EA Canada executive producer David Rutter said, “As a team, we have discussed at length the inclusion of female characters in FIFA, and whilst it's something that remains on our list of features for consideration as part of our mission statement above, we do not have plans to put female characters into the game this year."
The comment follows on from a God is a Geek interview with FIFA producer Sebastian Enrique, who said “there are no plans at the moment” to include female players. Enrique went on to explain that including women would require a new physics model, player modelling, and hairstyles.
EA Sports' NHL 13 was the first professional league simulation sports game to introduce female playable characters. Former Team USA defensive player Angela Ruggiero and Team Canada forward Hayley Wickenheiser are playable characters in the hockey simulation game.
FIFA 14 was announced for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC earlier this year.