Electronic Arts has announced that its arcade style footy franchise, FIFA Street
, is returning for a third instalment.FIFA Street 3
will follow in its forebears' footsteps taking over 250 of the world's best and brightest footballers out of the stadium and dumping them in streets all over the world. The game features caricatured and exaggerated versions of your favourite bladder kickers, with the game's emphasis on arcade fun rather than lifelike simulation.
“We have completely re-invented the FIFA Street
franchise by turning the game’s biggest stars into action heroes using art direction that makes you look twice”, said Joe Nickolls, producer on the project.
“The power of the Next Generation hardware gives us the horsepower to break new ground for consumers, making it the perfect stage to enjoy a multi-player, sports action arcade experience", he went on. "Casual gamers and sports fans can expect a simplified control system that makes it easier to perform spectacular moves and enjoy the game with friends, yet still be a challenging experience for more seasoned gamers.”
You read right: "next generation." Only PS3 and 360 versions have been announced so far. Given EA's strategy with FIFA 08
- which was to hold off the announcement of the Wii version then roll it out with all the additional features - SPOnG won't be at all surprised if another announcement lands in our inboxes in the not too distant future.
The game will feature the same engine used for NBA Street Homecourt
, while the AI from FIFA 08
is being brought across.
EA's promising all sorts of flashiness from the control system, telling us, "Use the simple button configuration and analog stick to seamlessly combine moves – providing you with hundreds of different ways to show off your street skills. Fill up your all-new Game Breaker to power your ultimate abilities and express yourself like never before. Maneuver your players to leap past defenders, flip off walls, or perform gravity-defying one-timers to score spectacular goals."
EA's also promising "an eclectic selection of music seamlessly infused into the surroundings".
Anyway, you can get a taster with the screens below and this trailer featuring Ronaldinho, which looks suspiciously like a Nike advert...