The recently finished Olympic Games in London have managed to once again bring women’s football into the spotlight, with what some consider to be a tournament that has been even more action and emotion packed than that of the men’s teams.
But despite the newfound popularity of women players from Japan to the United States and Brazil (the host of the next summer Olympics), it seems that the development team working on the very popular FIFA football simulation
series has no plans to introduce another gender to their game.
David Rutter, who is an executive producer working on the coming FIFA 13, has told CVG that, “We get literally thousands upon thousands of suggestions from our fans for new features and we have to evaluate those suggestions, such as the inclusion of female players in the game, against our resources, priorities and overall fan feedback.”
He added, “At present, we don’t have plans to include female players in the game.”
Considering that FIFA 13
has been in the wrap-up phase for some time now, it would have not made sense for EA Sports to add women to the game without first widely touring the new feature.
But the statement from Rutter leaves the door open to the inclusion of women players and specific competitions in the next installment of the FIFA series or maybe even as downloadable content for the current version in 2014.
Earlier this year EA Sports has launched an add-on for the game which was based on the World Cup, which was previously done as a standalone title, saying that players were better served by DLC tan by a full launch.
This suggests that pressure from the player base will probably at some point persuade the developers to add women players.
FIFA 13 will be out near the end of September on the PC, home consoles and mobile devices.