The game FIFA Mobile (former FIFA 16) arrived first at the iOS (iPhone and iPad). At least for those who have an App Store account in Canada. The long-awaited football game was released in “soft launch”, that is, only in that particular country, for now.
[UPDATE – 22/09/2015] FIFA 16 Mobile has just arrived in Spain!
- Click here to go straight to the App Store (IOS)
- Click here to go straight to Google Play (ANDROID)
Among the highlights of this new version is the much admired graphics engine. But who stole the show were the game's minimum requirements, which are quite high, by the way.
As always, the new FIFA is full of real-world football players, with correct names and clubs. You can hire and fire players and change your team. However, the game maintains the old formula of the "Ultimate Team", where you can only have a single club.
FIFA Mobile is free to play and comes with in-app purchases. It requires an internet connection and the hardware requirements are: iPhone 5S, iPad Air or iPad Mini 2. The game eats up 1.4 GB of space on your iDevice.
The surprise of the release is the minimum requirements which are quite high. When the Android version is released, the game may surprise you, and it will not be compatible with smartphones with less than 2GB of RAM. It seems that some producers are moving to leave the more modest devices behind. Will the game work on Moto G or Zenfone 5? The doubt remains.
The problem of this compatibility is mainly compounded by EA Mobile's policy of deleting the previous version of the game. An example is the versions FIFA 13, FIFA14, much better than FIFA 15. It would be like leaving a large margin of the public at the mercy of the competition, like the excellent Dream League Soccer.
The official launch only takes place on 22 September, when FIFA Mobile will be released worldwide for Android and iOS. Until then, we'll see if EA Mobile can lower the game's requirements.
Game link on the App Store of Canada (iOS)
[originally published August 10, 2015]