Ten Player Online Play For Fifa 08

As part of all the exciting stuff happening at Leipzig, EA have revealed they will be adding significant upgrades to the online portion of Fifa for it 2008 release. The big change will be called Be A Pro, and allow the option to enable 10 people (five per team) anywhere in the world to connect online to play a single match of FIFA 08. However, the new feature will not ship with the game and will instead be available both on Xbox Live and PSN as a free download around eight weeks after the game ships to stores. The game is currently scheduled to go on sale in Europe on September 28, so the download should go live sometime in November.

The new mode locks players into the role of a single, fixed player the entire game and challenges them to master positioning, tackling, reading the field and passing. Users receive real time feedback and analysis on the fly and a unique camera angle keeps both player and action in focus, zooming in when you’re on attack.

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 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.”

Be A Pro forces you to think and react like a professional player where you experience the whole range of emotions players go through during the course of a game,” said Andrew Wilson, Executive Producer of FIFA 08. “Now we are taking this experience online for you to share with your friends. You will have to learn to work together as a team much like any real teams go through in order to be successful.