EA Sports and Barclays Premier League announce contract extension

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The FIFA 15 developers have extended their Premier League license contract, and we're given a new player scan video to celebrate.

EA has announced today that its EA Sports brand and the Premier League have placed an extension on their existing contract until the end of the 2018/2019 season, now also including the sponsorship of the League’s Goal Decision System.

Basically it means that you’ll continue to have all the Premier League squads, players, and stadiums in FIFA games, along with that fancy goal-line technology.

A press release statement from Peter Moore, Chief Operating Officer at EA reads;

‘We’re extremely pleased to announce the extension of our partnership with the Premier League, the most played league in EA SPORTS FIFA. It brings our award-winning game to new levels of authenticity and realism, and enables fans to immerse themselves in the drama and emotion of the league. And as a life-long Liverpool FC fan, I know exactly how that feels!’

Along with EA’s statement above, Chief Executive of the Premier league, Richard Scudamore also commented;

‘EA SPORTS is a long term licensee of the Premier League and we are extremely pleased to extend our existing agreements with them, and to add new elements to our partnership including their sponsorship of the Goal Decision System. They have worked with our clubs to enhance the Premier League element of FIFA 15 like never before and, combined with their sponsorship of the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index and our Fantasy Premier League game, they continue to engage with football fans in a variety of innovative and exciting ways.’

Take a look at the new video below which showcases the Barclays Premier League in FIFA 15, along with the facial scans of over 200 players.

New features have been included in FIFA 15, although they’re not available for all formats of the game:

Broadcast Graphics – Broadcast quality overlay graphics that are synonymous with the international TV broadcasts will communicate to fans all the important game information: team sheets, formations, score and clock, next fixture, player stats, and more.

Audio and Commentary – The ambience and cheers of over 20 Barclays Premier League matches were recorded and implemented into FIFA 15 to bring realistic audio to goals, misses, whistles, and crowd-specific chants. The Barclays Premier League Anthem will also play at the start of each League match up.

All 20 Stadiums – Every stadium in the Barclays Premier League is in the game and looks, feels, and sounds just as it does in real life, including authentic representation of animated LEDs and advertising boards.

Authentic Player Headscans – Using the latest 3D scanning technology, the FIFA 15 development team visited every Barclays Premier League club in the 2013/14 season to scan players and capture their likeness. Over 200 new player heads will be scanned into FIFA 15, giving them the most realistic player model possible.

Goal Decision System – Making its debut in FIFA 15, Goal Decision System will leave no question as to whether or not the ball crossed the line. Replay animations will emulate TV broadcasts playing after close calls and goal line clearances.

FIFA 15 is due for release on 26th September 2014 for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC.



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