Watch out Call of Duty – EA believes FIFA 14 could be the best selling game of the year.
The upcoming soccer sequel was unveiled to the press at a special event in Guildford last week. It boasts a number of new features, which EA believes will fire the game to the top of the best sellers list.
“We have a very strong feature set so I am very confident that we can do better in terms of sales and numbers than FIFA 13,” said EA producer Sebastian Enrique.
“Both the physics and the new shooting visuals and animation are going to feel amazing. You will feel really rewarded when scoring or even when missing the target.”
Last year, Call of Duty was the biggest selling game of the year, but FIFA?fell just 70,000 units behind it.
“We have an ambition that is outside what is developed in the game. We want to create the best football game but we also don’t want to just be the best sports video game – we want to be the best video game period,” added Enrique.
“All these numbers about what is the No.1 franchise helps EA, so hopefully we can do it. It would be really rewarding for everyone working on the game.”
FIFA widened its sales gap over Pro Evolution Soccer last year. But Konami has made significant investment in its franchise, including developing a new engine and opening a new studio in London last year.
But the threat of renewed serious competition is welcomed by EA.
“I respect Konami a lot and they produce good games. A lot of people have played their games for ages. I think having competition is a good thing but we don’t consider competition to just be Pro Evolution Soccer. Call of Duty is also competition,” says Enrique.
“People that are playing Call of Duty are not playing FIFA. We want them to play FIFA and we achieve that by creating the best possible game that we can create. That’s what we focus on. We want to exceed everyone’s expectations and exceed our own expectations and create the best game. Competition or not, these goals are not going to change for us.”