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June 20, 2016
— FIFA 17 already have a story mode according to various sources as EA Sports have placed a job listing for employees who would be needed to create Story Mode in FIFA 17. FIFA 17 Story mode is an amazing addition to the best sports video game series ever.
FIFA 17 has its very own story mode - something completely new to the long running series. It actually sounds like a pretty ambitious addition, and for the development team, it was initially something totally alien. As such, in an interview with PlayStation Access, producer Garreth Reeder reveals that the studio actually visited the role-playing game veterans at BioWare to get ideas during development. According to Reeder, the team learned a lot from the makers of Mass Effect, and that'll supposedly be clear to see in The Journey's branching narrative.
McHardy calls this "the biggest new FIFA mode since Ultimate Team", and it’s certainly the most intriguing. The Journey is basically a role-playing adventure, set within Fifa, with the player taking on the role of rookie signing Alex Hunter as he starts his career with a club of your choosing. Between matches there are scenes from Hunter’s life, as he fights his way into the first team alongside friend and rival Gareth Walker. At key decision points, you have to guide what Alex does and says – is he going to be a modest team player or a cocky upstart? How will he react when he’s sent out on loan? These choices shape the narrative and affect Turner’s relationships with his manager and squad mates.
Furthermore, everything you do during matches has an effect on the plot. Get sent off and the manager calls you in to his office to explain yourself; score the winning goal in a tense league match and you star in an ego-boosting post-match interview with a television pundit. Throughout the mode, you earn ‘Trait Points’ which can be used to improve Hunter’s attributes in 15 areas such as shooting, passing, defending and dribbling. Also training in specific skills will affect the player’s development.
Apparently, the Fifa development team consulted Dragon Age creator Bioware on the logistics of narrative-based games and also spoke to professional players such as Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Marcus Rashford, to get the feel and content of the story right.