EA Sports annual release of Fifa 17 will see “The Journey,” an interactive narrative in which you play as the young footballer Alex Hunter trying to earn his first Premier League contract. Through dialogue decisions, on-pitch performances (in which you control only Hunter), and lavishly created cutscenes his story is told, influenced by what you choose to say and how well you play on the pitch.
It’s not known how many hours The Journey will demand of players, but it would be wise for EA to stick to a shorter running time. Most FIFA players prefer to play with others, either in person or online, whereas The Journey is a decidedly solo enterprise. On the flip side, convincing avid consumers of narrative-focused games that the best option for a good story this year is FIFA 17 seems rather optimistic.