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FIFA 16 already in the works, EA confirms

The FIFA 15 release date might still be more than a month away, but EA has confirmed work has already begun on next-year’s FIFA 16 release.

With the dominate football sim one of EA’s most successful annual franchises, the company’s Chief Operating Officer, Peter Moore, has confirmed that FIFA 16 is already well into its development cycle in a bid to stave off competition from the likes of PES.

“There are two phases to [development],” Moore told CVG whilst discussing the lifecycle of a FIFA title. “There’s the core game itself. We have several hundred people working on that and it’s a staggered development process, so there are already people working on FIFA 16.

He added: “”I think some people have the misconception that you finish the game and the entire team goes off for two weeks before starting on the next game, which isn’t how it works.”

Showing just how far ahead EA is forced to work on its annual series, Moore has suggested that certain elements of FIFA 17 are also already being discussed.

“You have parallel development that goes on where you have frontrunners that are thinking about what FIFA 16 is and in some instances FIFA 17 because there are development and engineering and tech decisions that need to be made.”

FIFA 15 is set to hit the UK on September 26, with the game to bring a number of improvements to the series.

As well as evolving pitches and a new ball control system, FIFA 15 will see all 20 Premier League stadia recreated in the game for the first time. Improved player emotions and more realistic crowd reactions are also set to feature.

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