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EA SPORTS FIFA 16 Available Now For Pre-Order

Electronic Arts Inc. today announced that EA SPORTS™ FIFA 16 delivers Innovation Across the Entire Pitch in gameplay, helps all fans Compete at a Higher Level with FIFA Trainer, and brings New Ways to Play by introducing Women’s National Teams to the franchise. At the heart of FIFA 16, innovative gameplay* features will deliver a balanced, authentic, and exciting football experience that lets fans play their way.

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Confidence in Defending
Defenders and attackers are balanced, creating a realistic and enjoyable experience when trying to regain possession of the ball.

· Defensive Agility brings balance in movement between attackers and defenders, driven by more than 25 gameplay feature changes to defender locomotion.

· Defend as a Unit injects intelligence and positional-awareness into players so they can better decide between marking an opponent and covering dangerous space.

· New Tackling Fundamentals offers new behaviours like fake and standing tackles, as well as full-body challenges and the ability to bridge out of sliding tackles when caught out of position.

Control in Midfield
In midfield, two game-changing features make the battle in the middle of the pitch as important as it is in real football.

·Interception Intelligence gives players the smarts to close passing channels and shutting down options.

·Passing with Purpose offers a new driven pass to play sharp, incisive passes so you can find teammates with precision.

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Moments of Magic
FIFA 16 gives fans the tools they need to create thrilling moments in attack.

· No Touch Dribbling gives players the option to let the ball run to buy time, create separation, feint, and blow by the defender in the final third. A feature inspired by the motion capture of Lionel Messi, it changes the way players attack.

· Clinical Finishing provides variety in shooting and more exciting goals than ever before.

“This year we’re looking at every single role on the pitch, evaluating where we wanted to innovate with all the feedback from fans, and setting out to develop the most balanced and exciting football game in the long history of the EA SPORTS FIFA franchise,” said David Rutter, VP and GM, EA SPORTS FIFA. “Whether fans prefer short and precise passes through the middle, or getting it outside and whipping in crosses, the beauty of FIFA 16 is that it offers fans the freedom to play their way and find success on the pitch.”

The new trailer Play Beautiful can be seen here.

Compete at a Higher Level
Regardless of skill level, everyone will have a chance to Compete at a Higher Level by utilising the EA SPORTS FIFA Trainer, a ground-breaking in-game training system which uses the context of the game to recommend options to the player. Fans can now learn as they play with an optional graphic overlay (HUD) which prompts them with gameplay options depending on their position on the pitch and Trainer level. The trainer recommendations will progress as the level of the trainer increases, which can be set to automatic or controlled manually. Basic commands get you started, while deeper hints will improve the game of the most skilled fans.

New Ways to Play
With all New Ways to Play, FIFA 16 will feature 12 Women’s National Teams for the first time in franchise history. Teams from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, and the United States of America will all represent their respective federations in several FIFA 16 game modes including Kick Off, an Offline Tournament, as well as Online*** Friendly Matches. To see Women’s National Teams in the game, visit http://easports.com/au/fifa/women.

A New Way to Play On the Go
For those who want an authentic football experience on the go, EA SPORTS announced a brand new mobile game in development – EA SPORTS FIFA. Launching later this year as a free download on the App StoreSM and Google Play™, the next generation FIFA for mobile harnesses the increased power of new devices to deliver stunning console-quality gameplay to phones and tablets. Fans will enjoy authentic football on their phone or tablet devices, with enhanced hybrid touch controls, new skill moves, and for the first time ever on mobile, player celebrations. See more at http://easports.com/au/fifa/mobile.

Have Your Say
Fans will have a chance to decide who joins superstar Lionel Messi on the cover of FIFA 16 in Australia. Katrina Gorry, Stephanie Catley or Kyah Simon from the Westfield Matildas will be in the running to be the first female cover athlete in FIFA franchise history; fans can cast their votes until July 6, 2015, in the FIFA 16 Cover Vote. For details, click here.

FIFA 16 Pre-Orders
Fans who pre-order** FIFA 16 can choose from Standard, Deluxe, and Super Deluxe editions. The Super Deluxe edition offers up to 40 FIFA Ultimate Team™ Jumbo Premium Gold Packs, three FIFA Ultimate Team loan players for five games each, and two brand new celebrations from the EA SPORTS Football Club catalogue. For more details visit http://easports.com/au/fifa/buy.

FIFA 16 will be available September 24, 2015 in Australia and September 25, 2015 in New Zealand on Origin™ on PC, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, Xbox 360® games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems.

For more information about EA SPORTS FIFA 16 visit http://www.easports.com/au/fifa or join the EA SPORTS community at http://www.facebook.com/easports fifa. Follow us on Twitter @easportsfifa and use the hashtag #FIFA16. The game is not yet rated by the Australian Classification Board.

EA SPORTS is one of the leading sports entertainment brands in the world, with top-selling videogame franchises, award-winning interactive technology, fan programs and cross-platform digital experiences. EA SPORTS creates connected experiences that ignite the emotion of sports through videogames, including Madden NFL football, EA SPORTS™ FIFA, NHL® hockey, NBA LIVE basketball, Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR® golf, SSX™ and EA SPORTS UFC®.

*Not all features available on all gaming platforms.
**Offer restrictions apply. Please see http://www.easports.com/fifa for details.
***Internet connection and Origin account required. Must be 13+ to create an account.