EA had a lot to talk about during their press event the other day, a lot of which had to do with bringing social aspect to more of their games. Following up on that though are confirmation for two games slated for release on Android and iOS. Both Need for Speed: Most Wanted and FIFA 13 (which we announced earlier this week) are confirmed to be coming to Android this year in the Fall.
While there isn't a whole lot new with FIFA 13 in terms of the actual gameplay, it will have a few improvements to the visuals, mechanics and play style including fancier footwork. There will also be changes to players with new ones added and rosters being updated. There is one piece of news though that is quite big when it comes to FIFA 13 and it isn't really much about the actual game but more about new social aspects that will be coming to it.
FIFA 13 for mobile will finally be fully integrated with the EA Sports Football Club service. This means you will get all the features that you would find in the version of FIFA 13 for consoles that have the Football Club service but now available on your Android device. This also includes your FIFA 12 characters coming over into FIFA 13 along with all their stats, level and XP. There will also be rewards and special bonuses available through the catalog.
This was all announced during the EA press event at E3 and was later confirmed after the press event on Twitter by EA. If you are a FIFA fan you do have a bit of a wait before getting your hands on FIFA 13 as it is not slated for release until Sept. 30, 2012. However, that is not all that is in store for Android as the next addition to the Need for Speed series is also making its way to us.
Need for Speed: Most Wanted will also be making its way to Android roughly a month after FIFA 13. Slated for release around October 30th, 2012, Need for Speed: Most Wanted will bring open world racing to your Android device. Not only will you be racing from opponents but you'll have to worry about ditching the cops while you're at it. Of course you'll have all the goodies that you've come to expect from this series as well.
Also the new multiplayer functionality will be coming to the Android version as well which could make this the best Need for Speed game for Android yet. No word just yet on pricing for either FIFA 13 or Need for Speed: Most Wanted. Full press release for Need for Speed: Most Wanted included below for all the details.
The above trailers are for the console versions of each game.
CRITERION GAMES REINVENTS BEST-SELLING NEED FOR SPEED MOST WANTED
Critically-Acclaimed Studio Injects Unique Attitude, Passion For Open World Racing And Award-Winning Quality To Deliver A Revolution In Social Competition
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – June 4, 2012 – Do you have what it takes to become Most Wanted? Today, at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) announced that Criterion Games is reimagining Need for Speed™ Most Wanted - a franchise fan favorite and the bestselling Need for Speed game in the series. Designed for a new, more connected generation of racing fans, Need for Speed Most Wanted offers players an expansive open world packed with exhilarating action where they can choose their own path to become the Most Wanted.
Players will have the freedom to drive anywhere, discover hidden gameplay, takedown rivals, challenge friends or just hang out and toy with the cops. Everything they do counts towards the end goal of becoming #1 on their personal Most Wanted List. Need for Speed Most Wanted will give players the freedom to race their own way when the game ships October 30, 2012. A special limited edition pack featuring double speed points, custom liveries, pre-customized rollouts and two vehicles: the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale and Porsche 911 Carrera S will also ship on October 30, 2012.
"Criterion is shaking up the franchise with Need for Speed Most Wanted," said Matt Webster, Executive Producer at Criterion Games. "This is Most Wanted for a new generation of players. We've brought everything we know about racing, chasing and exploration and smashed them together in a highly connected open world automotive experience. Whether driving solo or racing with friends in our amazing new multiplayer experience, Autolog fires up competition out of everything as players compete to be most wanted amongst their friends."
The only rule in Need for Speed Most Wanted is to race without rules. There's a start and a finish to every race – but how the player races, where and when they choose to compete, and the skills they choose to compete with – are all up to the player. It isn't enough to be the Most Wanted amongst rivals and cops. Now players will fight for ultimate bragging rights amongst their friends thanks to Autolog. As the original inventors of the ground-breaking, friend-connecting Autolog technology, Criterion establishes once again a new standard in social competition by recommending gameplay challenges across a players' social network within both single player and multiplayer game play.
In Need for Speed Most Wanted, everything players do will earn Speed Points that will take them up the Most Wanted list – from competing for best race times and battling cops in pursuits for the highest scores, to catching the most air off a huge ramp and more. Autolog 2 keeps intense competition at the heart of the experience – if there's something to do, there's someone to beat. And for the first time, Autolog recommendations extend to enhance the multiplayer experience within Need for Speed Most Wanted. With no lobbies or wait times, gamers will seamlessly enter an online world and immediately receive a rapid-fire delivery of Speed and Skill Tests. Autolog 2 will make recommendations to players to help finesse their racing prowess, further fuelling endless competition and hours of entertainment.
Need for Speed Most Wanted will be available October 30, 2012 in North America and November 1, 2012 in Europe for the Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system, PC, iOS and Android™. For more information on Need for Speed, visit http://www.needforspeed.com or become a fan on Facebook® at http://www.facebook.com/needforspeed and follow us on Twitter™ http://www.twitter.com/needforspeed. Press assets are available at http://info.ea.com.
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