Developer EA Sports has defended its decision to launch its upcoming UEFA Euro 2012 release as a digital only add-on with the international tournament mirroring gaming release to be made available exclusively to existing FIFA 12 owners.
Having officially unveiled the upcoming FIFA spinoff UEFA Euro 2012 release earlier this week, EA Sports has responded to criticism that only FIFA 12 owning gamers will be able to make use of the new gameplay modes and features introduced to the football sim franchise though the Euro 2012 tournament tie-in.
"We felt this was the best way to extend that experience and deliver fresh new content to our fans," said Steve Frost, Communications Manager at EA. "We expect that some fans who may not have FIFA 12 will want to play Euro 2012 and therefore purchase both, but the bigger opportunity for us is to offer our loyal and passionate FIFA fans new content.
"We expect footy fans will want the opportunity to play UEFA Euro 2012 and experience what it takes to win the tournament under the same conditions their favourite nation will face in the weeks ahead."
UEFA Euro 2012 Features
Following the route to European glory UEFA Euro 2012 will see gamers presented with all 53 UEFA member national teams, the tournament’s eight official stadiums and the full selection of the over the top fanfare associated to the international sporting event.
With online modes allowing those who splash out on the European themed DLC to compete against their friends and international rivals for tournament glory, EA has revealed the title will come with an all new ‘Expedition Mode’.
“The all-new Expedition Mode designed exclusively for UEFA EURO 2012 enables fans to build, manage and compete with a customized team against other European nations, crafting the perfect strategy for European domination. Fans will choose their favourite European player or FIFA 12 Virtual Pro to captain their customized team, win matches to earn better players from defeated nations, and then defeat the best nations to earn the best players in a campaign quest to defeat all 53 countries and complete the journey to conquer Europe.”
UEFA Euro 2012 Release Date and Price
Set to be made available for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC the UEFA Euro 2012 paid download will be exclusive for FIFA 12 owners when it is officially launch on April 24th.
With a £15.99 price tag the UEFA Euro 2012 FIFA 12 add-on will set wannabe Xbox 360 owners back 1800 Microsoft points whilst PC users will need to part with 2500 FIFA Points.
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