You know women get the short end of the stick when it comes to sports video games. We’ve had countless sports game franchises over the years for a variety of sports that women play professionally but are ignored when the game is developed. FIFA 16 is going to change all that by bringing the Women’s National Teams to the game.
For those not in the know the Women’s National Teams include all women soccer teams from twelve countries including Canada, England, Germany, Australia and the United States. These new teams will be featured in a variety of different game modes including Kick off, Offline Tournament and Online Friendly matches.
“Bringing some of the best women’s players and teams in the world to our franchise is a massive event for EA Sports, and we are equally excited about bringing millions of fans a new way to play,” says FIFA 16 producer David Rutter.
Let’s be honest here, women don’t move the same way as men. This isn’t a bad thing or a good thing it’s just the way it is. The worst thing EA could do here is throw female character models over the same frames used for the men, and that’s not what they’re doing. Players from the US Women’s National Team Sydney Leroux, Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach and Megan Rapinoe have all been tasked with creating all new animations for the game.
It’s being done right with a 360 degree scanning rig and mobile head scanning unit used during tournaments to capture not only all know body animations but facial expressions as well. They’re even getting the hairstyles consideration people.
“I honestly can’t believe all of the science and technology behind the game itself, let alone getting us into the motion capture suits and eventually into the game,” says Abby Wambach from the US team. “We’re all excited to see ourselves in the game, but even more excited to see the reaction from all of the fans, including the fans of our team that maybe wouldn’t be expecting something like this from EA Sports.”
My hats off to EA Sports for giving the female teams some shine finally. Let’s be honest, they play harder anyway.