02:03 PM - January 24, 2012 by MMChrisS
It certainly seems FIFA Street had a pretty interesting trick up it's sleeve after all, with a feature EA Sports is calling the 'Street Network' -- which seems to be an attempt to form a social network within a sports branded game. It seems interesting, but will have to wait and see if the core game is solid enough to hold enough interest for gamers -- if not the whole social networking thing is a wasted effort. PR Speak follows:
January 24, 2012 – EA SPORTS™ announced today a new feature in FIFA Street called the Street Network* that will encourage social competition among players when the game launches at retail worldwide on March 13, 2012 for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and the Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system. Through the Street Network, players will be able to capture video of their best tricks and share them in-game with friends, showing off their personal favorites and embarrassing their opponents. In addition, friends will be able to track and compare each other’s progress throughout the game, including World Tour story mode and Head-to-Head Online Seasons, and follow each other’s status in EA SPORTS Football Club.
“Street soccer is all about the one-on-one battle, when you pull off a trick to roast your opponent,” said producer Sid Misra. “The Street Network brings that real-world swagger into the game by enabling players to capture video of those moments and share them with everyone in their street network to see, and providing friends with a way to compare each other throughout the game.”
The Street Network will enrich the World Tour story mode, where gamers create a team of friends and compete in a connected world against other FIFA Street gamers’ teams. Players will be able to follow each other’s status as they build their squads, unlock new tricks, and progress through the story of their journey to street soccer glory. Players will be able to share and compare progress with friends directly in the Street Network and it will also broadcast in-game videos like “Goals of the Week”, and alert friends to each other’s accomplishments throughout the game.
Praised by critics like IGN.com as “spectacular to watch and play,” FIFA Street is the most authentic street soccer game ever made. From the creators of the award-winning EA SPORTS FIFA franchise, and powered by the revolutionary FIFA gameplay engine, FIFA Street delivers an arsenal of authentic street dribbling styles and trick moves that ignite the one-on-one battles. Utilize the groundbreaking new Street Ball Control to experience the highest fidelity of touch on the ball and responsiveness ever developed by the FIFA franchise. Compete everywhere from parking lots to prestigious 5v5 futsal-style tournaments on the streets of the world’s most renowned cities. Play with and against the stars of the most popular clubs in the world—or real-life street players—and compete at more than 35 locations in the world.
Featuring Barcelona and Argentina superstar Lionel Messi on the cover, fans who pre-order FIFA Street from leading retailers around the world will receive exclusive in-game access to an adidas™ all-star team featuring Messi and 12 of the greatest players in the world. The pre-order offer also includes exclusive access to the Lionel Messi Barcelona venue, an environment inspired by street players in and around the Plaça de Catalunya in the historic center of Barcelona, that Messi helped design. Fans with EA SPORTS Season Ticket will get full-game digital access to FIFA Street three days in advance of launch.* *