FIFA 08 tips off 10-player online

Five-on-five matches for EA Sports' annual soccer sim now available to PS3 and Xbox 360 owners in US and Europe.


One of the more prominent additions to EA Sports' annual footie franchise FIFA Soccer is be a pro mode. Similar to superstar mode in Madden NFL, be a pro lets gamers take to the pitch as a single player in an offline match, as opposed to controlling an entire squad. The mode quickly led to speculation that an online-enabled version was in the works.

In August, EA happily confirmed that speculation, stating that PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 owners in the US and Europe will see the feature six to eight weeks after the game's respective October 9 and September 28 launches. Hitting sooner than later, EA today announced that Be A Pro: Online Team Play is now available as a free, automatic update for the PS3 and Xbox 360.

In Be A Pro Online, 10 self-styled football stars can take to the pitch five to a side for a single match. Filling out the remaining 11 slots will be computer-controlled teammates. Gamers have the option of being limited to a specific location, roaming freely, or a combination of the two. According to an EA representative, dropped connections will result in all players having to restart the match, and the mode will not replace the standard one-on-one online matches already offered.

FIFA 08 is the most recent of EA Sports' sports sims titles to offer online team play. The publisher plans to add five-on-five support to NBA Live 08 later this month, and three-on-three online play for NHL 08 is available in the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game.

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