FIFA’s Ultimate Team mode has been a long-running staple of the franchise, and it’s being carried over to EA Sports FC 24, albeit with a considerable change. For the first time ever, women will be included in the Ultimate Team mode.

As you probably guessed, some FIFA fans aren’t happy with the decision to include women in FC 24’s Ultimate Team mode. IGN reached out to John Shepherd, VP, Executive Producer at Electronic Arts, to get more insight on the decision.

“It’s something we really thought deeply about. We feel we can play a really important role in the growth of that sport in introducing it to all of our fans. We just have this conviction that we believe we want to unite the world around football.

Ultimate Team is a great place for that. It is a mode where you can build your fantasy team with different nationalities, different leagues, different clubs. And so it felt like a great spot to be able to do that.

We have a vision of connecting not just the 150 million fans we have now, but a billion fans. We want this game and this brand, this club, this ecosystem, to welcome everybody. In terms of our decision around how we’re integrating women’s football into Ultimate Team, we feel really strongly about that.

There are other modes of play, such as Kick Off, where it’s more about that club playing together against another club. But Ultimate Team to us is a mode where you can have a mix of players and you can build the best team. And we think that’s going to be great for football, and we think that’s going to be great for our fans and our future fans. That’s what I would say.”

[John Shepherd, VP, Executive Producer at Electronic Arts]

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