EA Bringing 10-Player Online Action to ‘FIFA Soccer 08’

Electronic Arts today announced a free downloadable feature for ‘FIFA Soccer 08’ on Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 will allow up to 5 human-controlled players on two separate teams to play against each other online. The feature will be available approximately 6-8 weeks after the game arrives in stores in October 9.

The new mode, dubbed Be A Pro: Online Team Play, is an evolution of the Be A Pro mode found in last year’s version of FIFA. Instead of you playing the role of a single player alongside 10 CPU-controlled players and against 11 CPU-controlled opponents, you can play with up to 4 other human-controlled players and up to 5 human-controlled opponents. The remaining player slots will be filled out by CPU-controlled players.

“At EA SPORTS our dream is to create a full 11 versus 11 online gameplay experience in which each user will have a set position during the match and train specifically for that position,” said Joe Booth, producer of FIFA Soccer 08. “Be A Pro is the first step in this direction, and now, with the ability to deliver five versus five online gameplay as free downloadable content, we are moving even closer towards the realization of this dream.”

EA adds, “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.”

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