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FIFA 2015: Don't mention the scandal

EA SPORTS has dropped the first trailer for FIFA 16 right in the middle of one of the biggest scandals to hit international football.

The trailer mostly shows off the fact that women's teams will appear in the game for the first time.

The video on YouTube is titled Women's National Teams are IN THE GAME - a reference to the developer's tagline, which claims that "if it's in the game, it's in the game".

FIFA 16 will be released in September on PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3.

But the promotional materials make no reference to the ongoing football scandal which came to public attention when Swiss authorities raided a luxury hotel and arrested many of FIFA's top executives.

Social media users had already been mocking the events by drawing up satirical versions of the FIFA covers.

The real FIFA 16 will feature women's national teams from Germany, US, France, Sweden, England, Brazil, Canada, Australia, Spain, China, Italy and Mexico.

They will be able to play in Match Day, an Offline Tournament, and Online Friendly Matches, and will only be able to play against other women's teams.

As with male players, many of the most famous women players - including England's Steph Houghton - have had their heads scanned so that the game can feature their authentic likenesses.

From all-new player movement and likeness to realistic animations and attributes, the FIFA development team has authentically recreated 12 of the top-ranked teams in the world.

Capturing new player movement was done with meticulous detail and supported by a motion capture session at EA Canada with four top players from the US women's team - Sydney Leroux, Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan, and Megan Rapinoe.

The players' movements helped to build new locomotion for women in FIFA 16, including new walks, runs, sprints and horizontal movement.

Soccer Canada also visited EA to provide full-player references captured using the 360 degree body scanning rig. The references were then used to develop new player models.

The mobile head-scanning unit travelled to a variety of tournaments and events around the world to capture facial features, including hairstyles, to ensure players look as realistic as possible in FIFA 16. Players in the game will look and move as they do on the pitch when representing their country.

"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," said United States representative Abby Wambach, the world record holder for international goals scored.

"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."

Topics:  corruption sepp blatter women's soccer



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