EA enters the Champions League
It was only a matter of time before EA started churning out football titles on a far-more-than-annually basis, and today we learnt that the world's number one publisher had indeed acquired the rights to develop and sell games based on an official UEFA Champions League licence. All 239 major teams will feature, and the action will be based on the 2004-5 season, with a multi-format debut expected in February 2005. It is expected that this game will become annual if a success, and is expected to be based upon the latest FIFA technology.. probably.
The newly formed EA Canada will take charge of development in Montreal, and we're promised numerous side amusements in addition to the main footballing: "Throughout the game, players need to negotiate 50 unique and challenging on- and off-field missions successfully to take control of their UEFA Champions League destiny," and this certainly has the potential to be quite an entertaining diversion.
The game will be released on the PS2, PC, Xbox and GameCube. More soon.