Per a FIFA press release:
The game which is due for North American release from 22 September 2015 onwards, will feature the women’s national squads of Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, and the United States of America. The women’s teams will represent their respective federations in several FIFA 16 game modes including Kick Off, an offline tournament, as well as Online Friendly Matches.
Four U.S. women’s national team stars — Sydney Leroux, Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan, and Megan Rapinoe — participated in a motion capture session at EA Canada to animate the female players’ movements in the game. EA also traveled to “a variety of tournaments,” to scan players’ heads and faces to make sure that, while real-life soccer may still be plagued with sexism, virtual soccer gets equal treatment.
“Bringing some of the best women’s players and teams in the world to our franchise is a massive event for EA Sports, and we are equally excited about bringing millions of fans a new way to play,” EA Sports Vice President David Rutter said in a statement. “We’re making sure fans get an authentic experience when playing with Women’s National Teams thanks to our innovative player capture and reference tools, as well as the sophisticated gameplay platform which we will continue to innovate on in FIFA 16.”
It looks pretty cool.
“We’re all excited to see ourselves in the game, but even more excited to see the reaction from all of the fans, including the fans of our team that maybe wouldn’t be expecting something like this from EA Sports,” Wambach said.
Like the players, the fans have also reacted with glee. In the first 20 minutes after the USNWT posted the trailer for the game, dozens of fans responded, offering universally positive praise.
While gamers will have to wait till next year to play the the EA Sports game featuring the female players on Origin for PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation4 and PlayStation3, soccer lovers can watch the game’s inspiration’s play in real life when the Women’s World Cup kicks off on June 6 in Canada. The tournament will run through July 5.