Summer of Sports: EA unveils transfer system for FIFA 14 for new systems

by: Sean Cahill -
One of the issues for sports gamers when it comes to a new generation is whether or not to buy a game if the new system is imminent.  EA Sports unveiled the system for transferring over all Ultimate Team cards and items from the current generation to the new one if a person can't hold out the month and a half between the launches.  With FIFA 14 slated to drop at the end of September, that leaves roughly six weeks until the launch of the new systems, give or take a week or two.  The system in place will allow players, items, divisions, trophies, coins, and points, to be transferred over seamlessly with a one-time transfer.  Simply put:  If a gamer decides to get FIFA 14 for Xbox 360, then gets it for the Xbox One, they don't have to start over from scratch.  Expected move, but still doesn't change that it's a good one.
EA SPORTS ANNOUNCES FIFA 14 ULTIMATE TEAM WILL CARRYOVER FROM CURRENT GENERATION TO NEXT GENERATION CONSOLES
 

 
Fans Can Start On Current Console, Then Bring Experience To Next Generation Console
 
 
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – July 23, 2013 – Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) today announced that EA SPORTS™ FIFA 14 is allowing fans to bring their FIFA 14 Ultimate Team experiences with them to the new generation of consoles this year. Fans will be able to access* their FIFA 14 Ultimate Team full roster, in-game items and in-game currency (coins) from either console: between Xbox 360® and Xbox One, and between PlayStation®3 and PlayStation®4. All changes made in FIFA 14 Ultimate Teamwill be reflected in both consoles so fans will be able to compete with their squads on either console throughout the season.
 
In addition, fans who begin their FIFA 14 Ultimate Team experience on the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 will maintain their current division in Seasons mode on the new consoles. After the new consoles launch, fans who complete their current division matches and their current tournaments on one console, will earn status that will be recognized on both consoles: between Xbox 360 andXbox One, and between PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. Fans also have a one-time choice to transfer their FIFA Points between Xbox 360 and Xbox One, and between PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.
 
Within each of the respective platforms (Xbox and PlayStation), FIFA 14 Ultimate Team will share a common auction market so that fans can enjoy a richer and deeper experience with the millions of other players in the Ultimate Team world from the moment the new consoles launch.
 
“Our fans invest an enormous amount of time and energy into FIFA Ultimate Team as they craft their own unique squads, and recognizing that investment is absolutely essential,” said Matt Bilbey, Senior Vice-President and Group GM, EA SPORTS. “We will ensure that no time will be wasted and fans will get full value for the investment they make from the start of the season on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 to their move to their new console.”
 
FIFA Ultimate Team is the most popular game mode within EA SPORTS FIFA—with over 3.4 million games played daily—where fans create unique squads to play their preferred style of soccer. This year ultimate squad customization is possible with the addition of all-new Chemistry Styles that will make every player and every team unique. Each Chemistry Style has a unique effect on the way a player performs by enhancing specific attributes during a match. Players start with Basic Chemistry Styles but these can be changed by applying Chemistry Style training items to the player.  These items will be randomly available in any pack that can contain a gold rare item; they can be earned in-game, acquired on the Transfer Market and randomly attained in packs that are purchased.  There are a variety of different Chemistry Styles that can be applied to goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders and forwards. After crafting their squads, fans will be able to test their talents in the popular Seasons mode, now expanded to 10 divisions, online single games and tournaments. Plus, new streamlined search filters will help target coveted players in the Transfer Market as fans re-shape their teams based on the real-world performances of their favorite players. Additional features in FIFA 14 Ultimate Team will be revealed in the weeks ahead.
 
Experience the emotion of scoring great goals in FIFA 14**. Innovations to the award-winning gameplay make the game more authentic and more fun. Dictate the tempo of a match, create chances through midfield, and then unleash the perfect strike.  A new feature called Pure Shot and a brand-new ball physics system will transform shooting, making every shot attempt feel real, and when players connect with the perfect strike, feel exhilarating.
 
FIFA 14 is available for pre-order*** now on selected platforms at http://www.origin.com and other retailers. FIFA 14 will release in North America on September 24 and worldwide on September 27 and the game will be available on Xbox One®, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and the PlayStation®4, later this year. Join the EA SPORTS community athttp://www.facebook.com/easports. Follow us on Twitter @easportsfifa and use the hash tag #FIFA14.  For information aboutFIFA 14 visit www.easports.com/fifa.
 
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