Published on March 29th, 2012 | by Louis Garcia, Contributor
UEFA EURO 2012 Releasing as FIFA 12 Expansion
Need more footy in your life? Good news: EA Sports has announced the UEFA Euro 2012 iteration of its popular soccer franchise. This time around, however, it will be released as a downloadable expansion pack for the Xbox 360, PC, and PlayStation 3.
The expansion will cost 1800 Microsoft Points, 2500 FIFA Points (PC), and $22.50 (PSN) when it comes to North America on April 24. It will also add 10 Achievements/Trophies.
This iteration of the tournament will feature an all-new Expedition mode. This mode allows players to build, manage and compete with customized teams. Players can choose a European player or their Virtual Pro to captain the team. In an interesting twist, players from defeated nations can be acquired, and the campaign ends once all 53 UEFA member national teams are defeated.
A “live service” will provide “real-life” storylines in the game allowing players to experience moments based on actual matches from qualification and the tournament.
“This game will tap into the passion fans have for their national teams by capturing all of the national rivalries in-game, and recreating all the emotion of the UEFA EURO 2012 tournament,” producer Sebastian Enrique said in an EA.com post. “We are utilizing the best-playing FIFA video game ever, driving live, digital content created from the biggest headlines from the tournament into the game, and offering an exclusive new mode that will challenge gamers in unique and compelling ways.”
It may seem odd for EA not to release a physical, separate version for the Euros, but it may be due to the fact that FIFA 12 has been a success, selling over 10 million copies worldwide; and FIFA Street released earlier this month. In one case you already have a large base of players to sell the expansion to, and in the other is the problem of possibly oversaturating the market with soccer games.
Either way, it looks like the developer isn’t pulling any punches with Europe’s popular tournament. If the video game isn’t your thing, then tune in on June 8 when the 2012 European Championship begins in Poland and Ukraine.