Ronaldo is the new face of FIFA, but it’s not just Cristiano’s silky skills, dazzling smile and rock-hard abs that have been added to the game. Developer EA has thrown in a raft of new
features and refinements to tempt you into building an Ultimate Team again this year.
There are Icons – past players like Ronaldinho and Paolo Maldini you can slip into your starting eleven – and new training and team building options. Single player campaigns
are new this year, too, with in-game rewards for progress through each chapter. The shooting and defensive systems have been overhauled, and existing modes like VS Attack have been refined further.
And that cheeky Real Madrid winger seems to be everywhere in this game. Fire up the new season of FIFA for the first time, and there’s Ronaldo, guiding you through the new menus, features, and tutorials. You even get him in your Ultimate Team right from the off.
He’s been involved in the game’s development more than you might think, according to EA. The FIFA team captured his movements to replicate them in the game’s animations, and he uttered his expertise, insight, and impressions on the game in general.
“His passion, energy and global fanbase make him the perfect ambassador for the FIFA franchise,” says senior producer Aaron McHardy. “It was clear through our process of working with him that he is the consummate professional on and off of the pitch. He came straight from training to do a rigorous three-hour content production shoot that included a cover shoot, mobile photography, lines to camera for fans, acting and an active motion capture session.”
So what does Ronaldo think of being the face of FIFA this year? “It’s a great feeling and I am grateful to have been chosen,” says the man himself. So, with regular updates
incoming over the course of a season, and live events scheduled around big matches around the world, the new Ronaldo-ified FIFA Football will keep us busy right up until
England’s inevitable early exit from the World Cup next summer.