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FIFA 14: producer hints at more 'connected features'

But EA will continue to develop the single player experience too

FIFA lead producer David Rutter has suggested that FIFA 14 will introduce new connected online features, although not at the expense of the single player game.

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Asked by What Culture if FIFA is on a path to becoming more and more 'connected', the FIFA supremo said:

"I'd argue we're already there. For someone with a connected console you're completely connected with the EA Sports Football Club component of the game now. Everything you do in the game counts towards your level, you can see what your mates have been up to.

"We're delivering data updates on professional players and injecting challenges from real matches. You can download an App to keep track of your EASFC stuff, and manage your Ultimate Team too from the bus or workplace. You're right - it'll get even more like this in the next few years."

However, Rutter went on to say that the single player FIFA experience remains popular with fans and is something his team are also working to develop.

"Narrative has played a big part over the last year or two in career mode. It's something we're keen to push forward as well.

"Seriously, there are a ton of people who still enjoy single player experiences. Career mode in particular remains a massive mode in FIFA and remains a big focus for us. I think this is because it's an excellent experience, and also because it's sometimes a major hassle hooking up with your mates online to play head to head or the people online are quitting/cheating/beating you up. We're working on that too."

FIFA 13 sales topped 12 million between the game's release last September and the end of 2012, according to publisher EA. The title's strong performance helped the series become the first gaming brand to surpass the £1 billion mark at UK retail, GFK Chart-Track said in January.

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