Assassin’s Creed Syndicate won’t be the only game this year to sport playable female characters. FIFA 16, the latest in the long line of football games, will finally have women’s teams, 22 years after the video game franchise began in 1993. To put that in some more perspective, the first FIFA Women’s World Cup was held in 1991, though there were several unofficial tournaments hosted in the 1970s and 1980s.
The women’s national squads of Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, and the United States of America, will feature in this year’s game. The women’s teams will represent their respective federations in several FIFA 16 game modes including Kick Off, an offline tournament, as well as Online Friendly Matches.
Much like their male counterparts, the development team responsible for the series researched player movement and likeness to replicate teams. Furthermore, motion capture sessions with four top players from United States Women’s Team: Sydney Leroux, Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan, and Megan Rapinoe took place at developer Electronic Arts’ Canada studio.