EA has lifted the cover off FIFA 07 this morning, the inevitable next instalment in its long-running football videogame series.
Following the FIFA World Cup title, it's back to the grit of league play and FIFA 07 boasts 27 leagues from 20 nations, with 510-plus teams accurately represented. Naturally, we're promised a number of improvements over the last game, EA telling us to expect the likes of enhanced passing and positioning, new AI for added realism and new shooting mechanics.
In addition, the publisher is making a big deal about EA Sports Interactive Leagues (covering the F.A. Premier League, Bundesliga, French League, Mexican 1st Division), an online mode - not featuring in all versions of the game, note - that's new to the series that "enables you to pit your club against supporters of your real-world opponents."
"Play your games according to the real-world schedule", EA further explains about Interactive Leagues. "When they play, you play. Track your team's progress as the aggregate results determine your club's position in the league table. Now you actually take to the pitch for the glory of your club."
Plus, FIFA fans can look forward to an improved and enhanced Manager Mode that allows you to create your own club and an eight-player social football frenzy in the FIFA 07 Lounge. Erm, yay.
To date, we only have official word on PC, Xbox, PS2 and GameCube versions of FIFA 07, which are due for release in September 2006. Keep eyes peeled for an in-depth preview of EA's latest appearing on these pages later today and don your managerial sheepskin to ponder where the next-gen version might be...