EA is making a big splash with FIFA 08 by letting ten people connect online to play a single match of FIFA 08. The new feature won't be available at launch though, it'll ship as a free download "six to eight weeks" after the game ships this October.
Coming under the moniker 'Be A Pro: Online Team Play' EA says this is the big new evolution of football games.
"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."
Andrew Wilson, executive producer of FIFA 08, added, "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. 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."