If you’re a big football fan, you’ll no doubt know that a huge tournament will be kicking off this Summer by way of Euro 2012. As with previous tradition, an official game usually follows with it and EA has confirmed that they will be releasing UEFA Euro 2012, but with a rather pleasant twist.
Unlike some below-par release which has been rushed to meet deadlines, EA has made the surprising move to make Euro 2012 a DLC expansion pack to the existing FIFA 12 game.
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It means that fans will not have to fork out on a standalone Euro 12 game and better yet, EA has even discounted the price of the expansion – announcing a very reasonable price to FIFA 12 owners. Starting from April 24th, you will be able to download the pack priced at £15.99 on the PS3, 1600 Microsoft Points on the Xbox 360 and 2500 Fifa points for PC players.
Obviously some of you were expecting a full blown Euro 2012 game priced at the usual £40+, so considering EA’s ‘divided’ reputation amongst the community, this is definitely something that most of you will be delighted about.
As for the expansion pack itself, EA has said that the game will feature all 53 teams competing, as well as officially licensed stadiums located in Ukraine and Poland – the official host for this year’s tournament. So basically expect to see gameplay very similar to what you’re already used to with FIFA 12, but obviously with brand new teams and modes to play around with.
If EA had priced this at the £40 or $50 mark, there would definitely be a lot of uproar about the expansion pack plan. But since EA has met gamers half way with a very good price, there’s no reason to complain about this and more importantly for EA – they are bound to come in for some well needed PR from the community.
So unlike Euro 2008 which launched as a standalone title, this is now a FIFA 12 expansion pack. Let us know your thoughts on the move, and if you’ll be picking up the game or not. Would you like to see more of the same from EA for other franchises?