Previously a paid-for DLC add-on, Fifa's Ultimate Team feature will now ship as part of the full game on Fifa 12's September 29th release. EA's David Rutter also announced that the game would make full use of its 'Football Club' integration, bringing real-world happenings into the game as part of the team's desire to create a fuller management experience.
The impact engine and any player injuries that occur as a result will add to the challenge of managing a world-class team, and unique player attributes ensure that real players' virtual counterparts behave and react to the match in the way you'd expect. Once again, the focus was strongly on the multiplayer aspect of Fifa 12, which will be divided into ten divisions, with your team battling for promotion (or to avoid relegation) from one division to the next.
A 'Youth Academy' will see you recruiting up-and-coming talent in an effort to gain that competitive edge over your rivals, and promises to further enhance the game's management aspect.
For those eager to get their hands on the latest iteration of EA's footballing franchise, a September 13th demo was announced, landing a whole fortnight or so before the game's official release.