Free-to-play, PC-exclusive online installment in EA's soccer sim coming to NA, Europe this summer; beta sign-ups now underway.
In 2006, EA partnered with Korean game distributor Neowiz on an online-only PC version of its popular FIFA soccer simulation. Having achieved considerable success in that venture, EA announced today that it is developing a microtransaction-supported, free-to-play version of FIFA Online for PC gamers based in the West.
EA plans to roll out FIFA Online across the globe in stages. European gamers can sign up to participate in a closed beta test for FIFA Online now through the game's official Web site. The closed beta test, which will involve some 20,000 participants, will continue until June, when EA expects to open up the testing phase to "hundreds of thousands" of gamers.
As for the game itself, FIFA Online features 30 licensed leagues, 500 clubs, and more than 15,000 players. The game features a variety of modes, including the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa tournament and league play. Gamers will be able to build their own teams by acquiring or training players, upgrading skills, and purchasing in-game items and apparel. Players can earn in-game currency or purchase those funds with real-world money through microtransactions.