FIFA Soccer 08 Now Available

October 9, 2007




Authentic, Intelligent
Soccer Season Extended for Next-Gen Console Players with Be A Pro
Post-Launch Feature


Electronic Arts Inc. shipped
FIFA Soccer 08
to stores
throughout North America today on all platforms, providing sports fans with
a soccer videogame experience

that matches the complexity,
finesse and beauty of the real-world game. Further extending the season for
players on the
Xbox 360™ video game
and entertainment system and PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system,

next month
, EA SPORTS will offer a
free downloadable feature update* to

FIFA Soccer 08

called Be A Pro: Online Team Play that will enable ten people anywhere in
the world to connect online to play a single match of

Soccer 08


Developed by EA,

FIFA Soccer 08

challenges players to
master the skills required to play like a pro soccer player by introducing a
new mode called Be A Pro: Offline Training. Be A Pro locks you into the role
of a single, fixed player the entire game and challenges you to master the
same disciplines as a real soccer player—from positioning and tackling to
reading the field and passing. Users receive

real time feedback and analysis on the fly
and a unique camera angle keeps both player and action in focus, zooming in
when you’re on attack.


With the launch of
FIFA Soccer 08

soccer fans and gamers can now kick-off their campaign to show off their
gaming skills on the global stage as the online tournament of the fourth
annual FIFA Interactive World Cup begins on PLAYSTATION®Network.  The online
leg will run parallel to numerous live qualifier events across the globe
from October ’07 through April ‘08. The tournament is the world’s only
officially FIFA sanctioned global soccer gaming competition and delivers all
the excitement of being on the real FIFA World Cup soccer pitch.  It will
culminate in the Grand Final in the Sony Centre in Berlin in May 2008 and
will see the winner walk away with an invitation to the FIFA World Player
Gala 2008 and USD $20,000 in prize money.  For official rules and to
register and keep track of your ranking on the FIFA Interactive World Cup
leaderboard, go to


Soccer 08

features a new, organic building-block system that enables you to combine
tricks and skill moves together to recreate signature moves from the
real-world superstars or define your own style of play.

You can even capture video of your best
moves and goals in-game and upload to the
FIFA Soccer 08
website to show
off your style and celebrate your glory with friends across the globe. In
addition, FIFA Soccer 08
features a true
next-generation ball-striking engine that re-creates the drama and
unpredictable nature of shooting, and the inclusion of 576 licensed teams,
30 leagues, and more than 15,000 players.


The new
Be A Pro: Online Team Play
feature, available for
the Xbox 360 and the
in November, enables
up to five
friends on five different consoles to select and take control of their own
individual players on the same team, supported by AI teammates, to play
against up to five rivals of another team. Alternatively, online users can
select to play with free roaming players, and teams can have a combination
of both.


In addition to Be A Pro:
Online Team Play, the online feature set in
FIFA Soccer 08
includes the
award-winning Interactive Leagues, where you

represent your club online against your
rivals throughout the season in the F.A. Premier League, Bundesliga, French
League or Mexican 1st Division and features weekly in-game pod
casts by the development team, and Online Leagues,
where you create and organize your own multiplayer Friends
Leagues and tournaments
with all the tools in-game.


year FIFA Soccer 08 debuts on
the Wii™, enabling fans to pass, shoot, and perform trick moves all with a
flick of the wrist. The game’s revolutionary FreeMotion™ controls help level
the playing field for all players and turns
FIFA Soccer 08
on the Wii into a
physical, social activity. Cover athlete Ronaldinho is the first
professional soccer player to appear as a customized and playable character
exclusively for the Wii. Ronaldinho will host a game mode called Footii
Party with Ronaldinho. With this mode, EA introduces unique party games –
including Table Soccer, Keep Up and Shoot Off – where you can play as your
self-created Mii™ character to unlock Ronaldinho and take on the champ.
Each Footii Party game is created as a multiplayer, social
experience designed to engage and entertain fans of all ages.


FIFA Soccer 08,

developed by EA Canada in Vancouver, B.C.,

is in stores now
for the Xbox 360™,
PLAYSTATION®3, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Wii™, Nintendo
DS™, PSP®, PC and mobile. It is rated

“E” (Everyone) by the ESRB and
3+ by PEGI.