Soccer fans can now download a demo of FIFA 17 that gives players a sneak peek at The Journey, which is EA Sports' attempt to add a story to the traditional FIFA experience.
When EA showed off FIFA 17 at E3 2016 with two new trailers, the most intriguing part of the announcement was a new gameplay mode called "The Journey." In FIFA 17, The Journey will allow gamers to play as a single character named Alex Hunter as he attempts to become a star on one of the 20 English Premier League clubs.
Now, FIFA fans are able to get a sneak peek of what The Journey will offer via a free demo for FIFA 17 that went live this week. It should be noted, however, that the campaign is only available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 owners can still download a basic demo of FIFA 17 but will not have access to The Journey or the title's advanced Frostbite engine features.
The Journey is FIFA's first attempt at a campaign mode, and the developer seems to have gone the extra mile to make the experience feel authentic. FIFA 17's Premier League clubs will feature their real-life managers, meaning that Alex Hunter will have the opportunity to work directly with some of the most recognizable coaches in the sport.
While The Journey is getting most of the spotlight in this year's game, FIFA 17 will still offer plenty of traditional gameplay. That's to be expected, as FIFA is one of EA Sports' longest running series and has achieved a popularity level in Europe and elsewhere on par with the Madden football series in the States. This year's tagline promises that players will be able to "own every moment" and the game will feature an active intelligence system for off-the-ball play and new attacking techniques. It's also highly likely that FIFA 17 will feature prominently in EA Sports' plans for eSports once the title releases.
Last year's title made waves by introducing female teams to the franchise and even put U.S. Women's Soccer star Alex Morgan on the game's cover. But The Journey has the potential to shake up the FIFA experience even more. Plenty of sports games including other EA Sports titles have featured career or story modes over the years, so The Journey isn't exactly a new idea. However, it will be interesting to see how it is implemented into The Beautiful Game. If The Journey can offer something unique without detracting from the more traditional gameplay options, it's quite possible it could become a permanent fixture in the franchise.
FIFA 17 releases in North America on September 27 with worldwide release following on September 29. The game will be available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC. A mobile spinoff for iOS and Android is also in the works.
Source: VG 24/7