In an interesting twist from the norm in most sports games, FIFA 17 will have a single-player story mode called The Journey. In a press release, EA said:
Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) today introduced EA SPORTS™ FIFA 17 The Journey, an all-new game mode powered by Frostbite™*. Immersed in The Journey, fans will live their story on and off the pitch as Premier League prospect, Alex Hunter who is looking to make his mark. Fans will visit new football worlds, meet new characters full of depth, and navigate emotional highs and lows of their unique story arc through decisions off the pitch, their performance on it, and character interactions throughout the 2016/17 season while playing for any of the 20 Premier League clubs.
EA also announced the “four pillars of gameplay” that FIFA 17 will be using:
Set Piece Rewrite – New penalties, free kicks, corners, and throw-ins bring creativity and variety in every dead ball situation.
Physical Play Overhaul – U.S. Patent-Pending Pushback Technology changes the way players physically interact in every situation and introduces a new shielding system that gives fans more control when in possession or battling to win the ball.
Active Intelligence System – A brand new intelligence system gives players the ability to better define and classify space to make smarter decisions off the ball. Players will utilize several New Run Types like fake, direct, and stunted runs to stay even more active off the ball.
New Attacking Techniques – New options in attack give fans more ways to create chances and finish in front of goal. Send teammates in with a Threaded Through Pass and put exciting goals away with a Driven Finish or Downward Header.
FIFA 17 will be launching on September 27 for PC, PS4, Xbox One, PS3, and Xbox 360.