Despite being considered a sixth generation console, the PlayStation 2 has been getting the occasional seventh generation game ported to it. However, the version of the game specific to the PS2 is generally released on the same day as the Xbox 360, PS3, and other versions.
While this is a trend that may benefit those who’ve decided to keep on to the PS3′s predecessor, it’s unnecessary for gamers whose sole focus is on the PS3. It also diverts the focus of developers who, instead of focusing entirely on the development of the PS3 version, will also have to divide or extend their time to make the game compatible with the PS2.
On January 4, 2013, Sony announced that the PS2 had been officially discontinued. This was the mark of 12 joyful years, with the prime of it being the launch of the PS2′s best-selling game ever, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
It’s no doubt that FIFA 14 will never be able to achieve the same degree of success that Rockstar Games has had with GTA: SA, but the fact that the game will be released to Android, iOS, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita, Wii, Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One,.. [gasp for breath] …and even the PlayStation 2,.. [cough] …must mean that the game will be a big deal.
Yes, FIFA games are usually released to a high number of platforms, but then again, most FIFA games are big deals.
It’s not clear whether the game itself will be good, but if you’re going to be responsible for developing and publishing the last game to be released for the PS2 ever, you’re expected to do it with a bang. And yes, I’m talking to you, EA.
FIFA 14 will be released for all of the platforms I mentioned – I’m not gonna repeat them – on September 24, 2013 (NA), and September 27, 2013 (EU). If you’re lucky enough to own a PS4 or Xbox One when that time comes, you’ll be able to exclusively experience FIFA 14 running on the Ignite engine.