EA are known for releasing special tournament editions of FIFA when the World Cup and European Championships come around, but they are normally released at retail at a similar price point to the main FIFA titles. That isn’t happening this year as UEFA EURO 2012 is going to be released as a digital download for FIFA 12 at a price point of £15.99 on the PSN, 1800 MS Points and 2500 FIFA points on PC. The EURO 2012 expansion will feature all 53 UEFA member countries, so hopefully Wales will make an appearance. There will be qualification tournaments, an all new Expedition Mode and more. All I can say is that I am pleased to see this isn’t getting a full price retail release, these releases never seem worth it.
Hit the jump for the press release.
GUILDFORD, UK. – March 29, 2012 – Electronic Arts Inc. announced today that EA SPORTS ™ will celebrate UEFA EURO 2012 ™ with the only officially licensed videogame of the 2012 European Football Championship which begins June 8 in Poland and Ukraine. EA SPORTS UEFA EURO 2012 ™ will be available as a paid digital expansion pack to fans who own EA SPORTS FIFA 12 on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system, and PC. The videogame will be available to fans beginning April 24, 2012.
EA SPORTS UEFA EURO 2012 recreates all the drama and excitement of the official tournament with all 53 UEFA member national teams, all eight official stadiums in the tournament, and all the pageantry and atmosphere of one of the largest and most-watched sporting events on the planet. Fans will be able to compete online* for national pride and glory as their favourite European country in the UEFA EURO 2012™ tournament against rival nations in the group stage, progress through the sudden victory knockout rounds, and ultimately compete for the chance to be crowned UEFA EURO 2012™ champion. Plus, a live service will drive real-life story lines from the UEFA EURO 2012™ qualifying campaign and during the tournament into the game, enabling fans to relive dramatic moments with challenges based on real-life matches. Challenges will enable fans to earn experience points and level up their EA SPORTS Football Club profile.
“This game will tap into the passion fans have for their national teams by capturing all of the national rivalries in-game, and re-creating all the emotion of the UEFA EURO 2012™ tournament,” said Producer Sebastian Enrique. “We are utilizing the best-playing FIFA videogame ever, driving live, digital content created from the biggest headlines from the tournament into the game, and offering an exclusive new mode that will challenge gamers in unique and compelling ways.”
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 is developed by EA Canada in Burnaby, B.C. It is scheduled for release on April 24, 2012 in North America and Europe, and April 25 in other countries around the world. The manufacturer suggested retail price is £15.99, 1800 MS Points and 2500 FIFA Points on PC. UEFA EURO 2012 is rated “E” for Everyone and PEGI 3+.